Occupational Therapy: Sensory Processing Differences in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders

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About Course #I6382

Release Date: August 8, 2017

Expiration Date: August 4, 2020

This course provides 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. 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 and Intervention

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

About the Author(s)

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.

Course Disclosures

  • 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.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • 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.

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