This video presents practical information that blends attachment and sensory integration strategies to assist children in their sensory-motor, emotional and cognitive development.


With Dan Hughes, Ph.D., and Jane Koomar, Ph.D., OTR/L
originally presented April 15, 2010

Self-Study Videos are two to three hour videos on topics related to sensory integration and sensory processing disorder.

Description: This video presents practical information that blends attachment and sensory integration strategies to assist children in their sensory-motor, emotional and cognitive development.

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

  1. Identify the key components of the SAFE PLACE model.
  2. Recognize the part attachment histories play in parenting.
  3. List sensory motor histories and current sensory strategies used for calming.
  4. Identify behavior that may at first seem unwelcome but can be a signal that provides a key to understanding and an opening to creating communication and rhythm.
  5. Recognize how scaffolding womb, mother, kid and brain power spaces can assist a child with both attachment and sensory regulation.

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants, speech and language therapists, mental health professionals, teachers.

Domain: Client Factors
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 2.5 contact hour or .25 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must view the video in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speakers: Daniel A. Hughes, Ph.D. is an internationally respected psychologist specializing in the treatment of children with severe emotional and behavioral problems.  His work with foster and adopted children with histories of abuse, neglect and loss led Dr. Hughes to develop a treatment model called Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), a directive, client-centered, family therapy approach.  Dr. Hughes gives workshops nationally and internationally on attachment therapy and childhood trauma.  He is the author of three books on attachment.

Jane A. Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA was the owner and co-founder of OTA-Watertown and the President of the Board of the Spiral Foundation. She completed her doctoral studies in developmental psychology at Boston University where she was formerly an assistant professor in occupational therapy. She taught at Tufts University, Boston School of Occupational Therapy in a one year Professor of Practice position. In 1984, she studied with Dr. Jean Ayres, who developed the theory of sensory integration. Dr. Koomar served as the chairperson of the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section and was a member of the Mental Health Special Interest Section, both part of the American Occupational Therapy Association. Dr. Koomar was honored with the A. Jean Ayres award in 2011by the American Occupational Therapy Association. She co-authored several book chapters on sensory integration dysfunction and intervention and taught numerous courses on these topics. Jane passed away from breast cancer on February 23, 2013 at the age of 59.

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.



There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “SAFE PLACE”

The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.