Assessment of Adults with SPD


This webinar will discuss assessment processes and tools for use with adults.


Presented by: Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded November 14, 2019

Webinars are video presentations and include the recorded PowerPoint and lecture and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint notes.

Description: Problems processing and integrating sensations exist throughout the lifespan and continue to impact emotional and physical well-being, engagement in daily life activities and participation in desired occupations into adulthood. Assessment of adolescents and adults with suspected sensory and motor challenges is therefore necessary and important. However, most therapists working in the area of sensory integration are unfamiliar or uncomfortable assessing and ultimately treating adult clients. This webinar will discuss assessment processes and tools for use with adults. In addition, it will specifically train therapists in administration and interpretation of the ADULT-SI interview as a key assessment tool.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this webinar viewers will be able to:

  1. Identify three measures for assessment of sensory processing and integration challenges in adults and adolescents.
  2. Identify two measures for assessment of motor performance and praxis challenges in adults and adolescents.
  3. Describe the purpose, administration and interpretation of the ADULT-SI interview.

Course Level: Intermediate. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants

Domain: Client Factors
Process: Assessment

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hour or .15 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded webinar in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker:  Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation, is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration.  She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on praxis, ideation, and sensory integration and is a co-collaborator on development of the SAFE PLACE and FOCUS Programs.  She has extensive experience with children and adults with autism and a diverse clinical background having worked in private and public school settings as well as private practice.  She is past Chairperson of the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association.  She is the recipient of the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTF, The Alice S. Bachman Award from Pediatric Therapy Network, and the Catherine Trombly Award from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy. 

 ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at or (617) 969 – 4410 ext. 231.

Continuing Education:

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.



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