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Clinical Assessment of Sensory Integration Difficulties in Adolescents and Adults with Disabilities

 

Course Description:

This course will provide a foundation for clinical assessment of sensory integration and praxis difficulties in adults and adolescents with various disabilities such as autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, and multiple disabilities. A structured observational assessment of sensory modulation and discrimination problems, praxis difficulties and foundational postural skills in the adult/ adolescent population will be presented. Emphasis will be on identifying sensory integration dysfunctions from comorbid difficulties in persons with multiple disabilities. Discussion will also address identification and contribution of sensory integrative dysfunctions to acting out, self-stimulatory and self-abusive behaviors. Extensive videotape analysis and case study presentations will be used to develop observational skills. The course format, a combination of lecture, videotapes, and small group discussion allows for opportunities to address participant’s’ questions and concerns.

 

Level:  Intermediate

Contact Hours:  6 hours

 

Course Objectives:

1) Observe and identify behaviors indicative of various sensory integrative dysfunctions

2) Utilize a structured clinical observation format to complete a sensory integrative evaluation of sensory processing, praxis and postural skills

3) Analyze behaviors to determine possible sensory/ motor contributors

4) Discriminate sensory integration dysfunctions from comorbid problems in persons with multiple disabilities

4) Identify appropriate goals for sensory integrative-based intervention based on clinical assessment

 

Course Schedule:

Day One:

8:00-8:30

8:30-10:00

10:00-10:30

10:15-12:00

12:00-1:00

1:00-2:30

 

2:30-3:00

3:00-4:30
 

 

Day Two:

8:30-10:00

10:00-10:30

10:30-12:00
 

12:00-1:00

1:00-2:30

2:30-3:00

3:00-3:30

3:30-4:30

 

 

Registration

Introduction to Sensory Integrative Assessment with Older Populations

Break

Assessment of Sensory Modulation Functioning

Lunch

Assessment of Sensory Modulation Functioning Continued
Sensory Modulation Case Study
Assessment of Sensory Discrimination Functioning

Break

Assessment of Sensory Discrimination Functioning Continued
Sensory Discrimination Case Study

 

 

Assessment of Foundational Mechanisms – Posture, Ocular, Oral Motor

Break

Foundations Case Study
Assessment of Praxis Skills

Lunch

Assessment of Praxis Skills Continued

Break

Praxis Case Study

Interpreting Results, Writing Reports, Setting Goals for Intervention

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