Essentials of Praxis for Children with Autism with Live Q&A



Register now for access to:

Pre-recorded online course from April 18, to June 30, 2022
Live Q&A with Dr. May-Benson June 16th, 7 – 8pm EST
Q&A recording from June 17 to 30, 2022

Access to this course will close on June 30. Learners must view the recorded course in its entirety, submit at least one question and complete the exam by June 30, 2022 in order to receive CEU credit. 

Presented by: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Description: Facilitating praxis, imitation, and play skills in autistic children can be difficult for therapists; this course will present an overview of the key aspects needed for effective intervention in these areas. Participants will examine the clinical reasoning framework behind sensory integration treatment models for ideation, motor planning, sequencing, bilateral coordination, and projected action sequencing problems. Key intervention strategies using both top-down and bottom-up approaches will be highlighted through video clips, case studies, and lecture formats. Previous attendees of Dr. May-Benson’s two-day praxis course will find some review in this material.

Teresa will answer questions related to Essentials of Praxis for Children with Autism during a live one-hour interactive Q&A session, held via ZOOM, on June 16th from 7-8PM EST. Learners are encouraged to submit advanced questions, by June 13th. This will allow all to participate even if unable to attend the live event. Question submission forms will be included with course content. Those attending the Q&A Live will be able to submit additional questions via Zoom’s text chat feature. These will be answered as time permits. All participants will have access to a recording of the Q&A session until June 30.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  1. Name the essential components of praxis.
  2. Identify key intervention strategies for praxis dysfunction in children with autism.
  3. Identify essential top-down and bottom up treatment principles that are appropriate for different praxis problems.
  4. Recognize how various praxis problems impact functional performance and identify strategies for improving performance.

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: Online Course – 6.0 contact hours or 0.6 AOTA CEUs. Q&A – 1.0 contact hours, no CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To earn contact hours or CEUs for the online course participants must view the recorded course in its entirety, and successfully complete the accompanying online exam. To receive a contact hour for the Q&A session participants must attend live or view the recording in its entirety,

About the Speaker: Dr. Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an expert occupational therapist renowned for her clinical research, mentoring and education related to related to sensory integration theory and intervention, praxis, and social competency. She is currently the owner/CEO of TMB Education, LLC and serves as President and practicing occupational therapist at OTR, Inc, a private occupational therapy practice specializing in sensory integration and social competency for children and adults across the lifespan, located near Philadelphia, PA. Dr. May-Benson has a diverse background as a clinical practitioner, having worked in private and public-school settings as well as private practice. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. Teresa is an education and research faculty member at the SPIRAL Foundation. In her role of educator, she currently serves as adjunct faculty at Widener University and is past faculty at Tufts University and the University of Indianapolis. She has received the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis.

Disclosure: Dr May-Benson will be compensated for the Q&A session.

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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