Supporting the Social Emotional Needs of Children in SI Intervention


This LiveTalk addresses how to recognize a child’s social-emotional state and meet those needs, as well as how to orchestrate SI intervention sessions that develop a therapeutic alliance with the child and create a ‘Just Right’ challenge.


Featuring: Susanne Smith Roley, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
originally recorded November 3, 2014

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Treatment Tips and Tricks bundle.

Description: To master the art of sensory integration intervention the therapist must not only engage a child in purposeful therapeutic activities, but also remain ever cognizant of the child’s social-emotional state and needs. This LiveTalk addresses how to recognize and meet those needs, as well as how to orchestrate SI intervention sessions that develop a therapeutic alliance with the child and create a ‘Just Right’ challenge.

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

  1. Distinguish differences between tactile and proprioceptive inputs and how they relate to the issue of defensiveness.
  2. Identify how to treat the most common problems associated with tactile and proprioceptive deficits.
  3. Describe the clinical reasoning to determine if a child has these deficits and the best interventions to use.
  4. List several treatment techniques or “tricks” therapists might use to treat this area of dysfunction.

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

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

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded LiveTalk in its entirety, and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the speaker: Susanne Smith Roley, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA is an international lecturer and author; she travels worldwide educating health care professionals about child development, applying research in pediatric practice, and maintains a private practice in Orange County. From 1997 until the present she has been the Project Director for the USC/WPS Comprehensive Program in Sensory Integration with the University of Southern California, Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. She is an experienced instructor for courses 1, 2, 3 & 4 of the USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification courses. Her private practice consists of occupational therapy consultation and evaluation services specializing in autism, blindness, visual impairment, developmental delays, genetic disorders, learning disabilities, behavior problems, sensory integration and sensory processing difficulties, and praxis deficits.

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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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