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  • Occupational Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
Hours: 5 Contact Hours
Author(s): Lauren M. Little, PhD, OTR/L
Peer Reviewer(s): Jeanne Zobel-Lachiusa, PhD
Item#: I6382
Contents: 1 Course Book (52 pages)
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Sensory Processing Differences in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Evidence and Clinical Implications

Price $49.95
Item # I6382
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: August 8, 2017

Expiration Date: August 4, 2020

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of research on sensory processing in ASD; assessments of sensory processing; and a review of the evidence related to sensory integration, sensory-based interventions, and comprehensive interventions that incorporate sensory processing knowledge. The content of this course is considered ‘intermediate’; that is, the learner should have a basic knowledge of ASD, children’s occupations, and an understanding of pediatric intervention approaches. The target audience for this practice-specific course includes occupational therapists who work with children with ASD, and can include those working across differing settings including home and/or school. We will use a case example throughout the course to exemplify the many aspects of sensory processing, including how sensory processing impacts childhood occupations, how assessment findings may be used for intervention planning, and specific intervention approaches to positively impact child participation.Upon fulfilling the course objectives, practitioners will be prepared to discuss how specific behaviors are aligned with underlying sensory processing aversions and preferences among children with ASD. Practitioners will have a better understanding of different sensory processing tools, and how children’s sensory processing patterns impact their everyday participation in activities such as eating, sleeping, playing, and playing with friends. Additionally, practitioners will develop an understanding of how various intervention approaches that target children’s sensory processing can be planned and implemented in practice. 



AOTA Content Focus - Domain of Practice: Areas of Occupation; OT Process: Evaluation & Intervention

0.5 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

Course Objectives

  • Name the sensory processing patterns and prevalence of sensory processing differences among individuals with ASD.
  • Examine how sensory processing may relate to core features of ASD and impact participation in everyday activities in those with ASD.
  • Describe the assessment tools available to practitioners to measure sensory processing in ASD.
  • Evaluate the evidence related to various sensory-focused interventions, including sensory integration and comprehensive intervention approaches that incorporate sensory processing knowledge.


Lauren Little, PhD, OTR/L, has a clinical background in occupational therapy and a PhD in occupa­tional science. Dr. Little’s clinical experience and program of research is focused on families of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She has taught interdisciplinary courses related to behavioral interventions for children with ASD as well as pediatric practice and research courses in occupational therapy. Dr. Little has a number of publications about sensory processing measurement and interven­tion for children with ASD and other developmental conditions, and her work was awarded the Cordelia Myers American Journal of Occupational Therapy Best Article award in 2015.


Jeanne Zobel-Lachiusa, PhD, is a full-time faculty member of Bay Path University’s graduate program in occupational therapy (OT). She has years of experience in OT clinical practice including advanced training in sensory integration theory and practice at the Ayres Clinic in Torrance, California, and interdisciplinary training at the University Affiliated Program of Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles. Dr. Zobel-Lachiusa’s research interests include children with autism spectrum disorder and sensory integration. She has published results of her research and presented locally and nationally. Dr. Zobel-Lachiusa has been an active member of local boards involving children and families for many years and currently sits on the board of directors for a local agency providing services and resources to families and individuals with autism. She holds OT licenses from Massachusetts and Connecticut and is a member in good standing of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.