Sensory Integration and Mental Health: An Introduction to Autism Level UP!™ and their Energy Regulation Program



A conversation with Amy Laurent, PhD, OTR/L, and JÂcqûelyn Fede, PhD.

Moderated by Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L

Recorded November, 2022

Description: Please join us for a discussion with the co-creators of Autism Level UP!, an organization providing insightful programs and sharing insightful information for neurodivergent individuals, their caregivers and the professionals that work with them. JÂcqûelyn and Amy will share how their own life experiences and careers that led to their collaboration on this project. We will explore their Energy Regulation Program, the various tools it includes and how to get trained in the program. This program is unique in its approach to the language of regulation, using energy levels rather than emotional labels that are not always understood by neurodivergent individuals. This is mostly a visual tool that can be used with speaking and non-speaking individuals.

Learning Objectives: By the end of the 2022 LiveTalk Series participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how to increase mental health knowledge for occupational therapy professionals across settings
  2. Recognize relationship and developmental based mental health models that compliment Sensory Integration intervention
  3. Select intervention modalities and models that support mental health while utilizing Sensory Integration principles

By the end of this discussion, part 9 of 10 in the 2022 LiveTalk Series, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify where they are on the Autism Level UP! guide.
  2. Understand the underlying principles of the Energy Regulation program.
  3. Identify the Autism Level UP! tools and resources

About the Speakers:

Amy Laurent, PhD, OTR/L specializes in the education of autistic individuals. Her work involves creating learning environments designed to facilitate children’s active engagement at home, in schools, and throughout their communities. She is a co-author of the SCERTS Model and frequently lectures around the globe. She is passionate about neurodiversity and helping others to honor and understand the implications of “different ways of being” in relation to navigating the physical and social world.

JÂcqûelyn Fede, PhD is a super fun, Autistic Self Advocate, developmental psychologist and program evaluator. Her research interests include immigration policy, autism, and community engagement. She uses her experience to mentor other autistics and to help educate others about autism through lecturing, blogging and consulting on evaluation projects. A full scholarship Division I athlete in college, Dr. Fede continues to meet her sensory needs by seeking extreme physical activity. She also enjoys the use of creativity and art for expression.

Disclosure: Ms. Laurent and Ms. Fede have no financial relationship to disclose.

Course Level: Introductory

Audience: OT/ OTA, PT /PTA, SLP, psychologists, educators, parents

AOTA Areas: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery: Evaluation, Intervention and Outcomes. Foundational Knowledge: Social Determinants of Health

Contact Hours: This conversation is worth 1 contact hour or 0.1 AOTA CEUs. The full series has been approved for 10 contact hours or 1.0 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive credit for this course you must listen to the discussion in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

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Continuing Education: Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants: 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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