Sensory Integration in a Bag


This webinar will provide therapists with equipment and activity ideas that are essential materials to be “in the bag” or “in the car” for every traveling therapist who wants to use a sensory-based approach to intervention.

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Presented by: Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded January 25, 2018

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Description: Many therapists today who use a sensory integration-based intervention approach travel from one work setting to another.  This may include school therapists, those working in early intervention or in private practice. Therapists frequently need to transport equipment from one work setting to another in order to provide the services they would like. What equipment should therapists have available?  What tools are readily transportable yet be useful for sensory integration-based intervention?  This webinar will provide therapists with equipment and activity ideas that are essential materials to be “in the bag” or “in the car” for every traveling therapist who wants to use a sensory-based approach to intervention.

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

  1. Identify 5 essential pieces of equipment to treat sensory needs which may be carried “in the bag” by therapists.
  2. List at least 5 sensory-based activities which can be implemented using transportable equipment.
  3. Describe 3 ways to creatively use existing space and materials to promote sensory integration-based intervention.

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants and students, speech and language therapists.

Domain: Context and Environment
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hours 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, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation as well as a practicing occupational therapist at OTA The Koomar Center. She is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center and Laboratory. She is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention, has authored book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. 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.

 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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