Supporting Parents of Children with Sensory Processing Challenges: In and Out of the Clinic


This webinar will discuss how to support the parent-child relationship with an emphasis on supporting parents.


Presented by: Erin R. Flynn, MS OTR/L
originally recorded March 28, 2019

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

Description: Today’s parents are more actively engaged in their children’s lives than previous generations. The thousands of books on parenting and easy availability of Internet resources often overwhelm parents of children with sensory processing challenges. As occupational therapists our role is to direct parents to resources and information that will best support the family system as a whole and the work we do clinically. This webinar will discuss how to support the parent-child relationship with an emphasis on supporting parents.  It will explore the “when” and “how” to recommend mental health and parenting resources when parents need additional support.  Emphasis will be on supports for parents of children with emotional regulation difficulties. This webinar will also introduce the listener to several mental health intervention models that complement Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) intervention.

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

  1. Describe 3 ways to support parents during their child’s Occupational Therapy treatment.
  2. Identify 3 indicators that a client with sensory processing challenges and their caregivers would benefit from other support interventions in addition to occupational therapy
  3. Identify 3 mental health interventions/models that complement Ayres Sensory Integration® intervention and incorporate some tenants of ASI.

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

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, speech and language pathologists, mental health providers

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: Erin Flynn is the Spiral Foundation’s Education Coordinator, as well as a practicing occupational therapist at OTA The Koomar Center.Erinis a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from College of the Holy Cross. She is currently enrolled in the Infant-Parent Mental Health fellowship program at UMass Boston. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including public/private schools and Boys & Girls Clubs. She has a passion for educating families and helping them establish strong parent-child relationships.  

 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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