Exploring Ethics in Sensory Integration Practice


This webinar will discuss some of these ethical dilemmas and provide a clinical reasoning model to assist clinicians in addressing these difficult situations.


Presented by: Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded March 5, 2020

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

Description: Health care professionals are constantly faced with ethical dilemmas and occupational therapist who provide sensory integration-based intervention services are no exception. This webinar will explore the basic tenants of ethics in occupational therapy and apply them to practice. Occupational therapists utilizing a sensory integration frame of reference can face unique ethical challenges involving provision of services, documentation or reimbursement. This webinar will discuss some of these ethical dilemmas and provide a clinical reasoning model to assist clinicians in addressing these difficult situations.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Identify the core ethical values espoused in occupational therapy practice.
  2. Describe two ethical dilemmas that may be encountered by OT practitioners providing sensory integration-based services.
  3. Describe a clinical decision-making process that therapists using a sensory integration approach may use to problem solve their ethical concerns.

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants

Domain: Context and Environment
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hour or 0.15 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 Speakers:Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation at OTA-Watertown is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention. She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. 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 is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the non-profit Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center. She has collaborated with well-known researchers such as Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Shelly Lane and Dr. Roseann Schaaf as a member of the Sensory Integration Research Collaborative (SIRC). In her role of educator, she serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Indianapolis and part-time faculty at Tufts University. She has a special interest in, and extensive experience with autism, particularly older students and adults. Dr. May-Benson received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from Boston University with a concentration in sensory integration and school system therapy. She was a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the Doctoral Program in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University. She has received the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis. The Alice Bachman Clinician Award from Pediatric Therapy Network and the Catherine Trombly Award from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapists for her work as a research, clinician and instructor. She is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at admin@thespiralfoundation.org 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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