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Purposeful Play Solutions for Sensory Modulation in Early Intervention

presented by Jenny L. Clark

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Financial— Jenny Clark receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. There are no other relevant financial relationships. Nonfinancial— No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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In this course, therapists learn to identify sensory modulation challenges in infants and toddlers by utilizing skilled clinical observation, parental input, and assessments. Case studies are examined in detail, including both initial assessments and therapeutic interventions, as a foundation upon which to build a comprehensive understanding of effective treatment planning. This course provides a repertoire of practical sensory solutions for infants and toddlers, which address challenges specific to each sensory system using evidence-based studies. Sensory strategies target modulation disorders in infants and toddlers through interventions addressing childhood occupations: eating, bathing, sleeping, dressing, and playing. This course is applicable for occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech-language pathologists, and other professionals working in early intervention.

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Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L

Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L, has helped children over the past 25 years as a licensed pediatric occupational therapist working as a speaker, consultant, private practitioner at her own clinic (Jenny’s Kids, Inc.), school-based occupational therapist, independent contractor for early intervention services, author, and inventor. Her Sensory Processing Disorder Kit: Simulations and Solutions for Parents, Teachers,…

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1. Identifying Sensory Modulation Disorder in Infants and Toddlers

This chapter describes sensory processing patterns of neurotypical infants and toddlers and symptoms of sensory modulation disorder in this population. Therapists are educated on techniques for assessing sensory modulation disorder in infants and toddlers through skilled observation, parent interview questions, and symptom checklists. Case studies are analyzed in detail from initial assessment to effective intervention resulting in practical outcomes.

2. Simple Solutions to Manage Sensory Modulation Symptoms in Infants and Toddlers

Chapter two provides therapists with a list of practical sensory solutions to help caretakers with the management of sensory modulation symptoms in infants and toddlers. Each sensory system is highlighted with useful sensory strategies targeting the three subtypes of sensory modulation disorder: Sensory Over-Responsivity, Sensory Under-Responsivity, and Sensory Seeking/Craving. Therapists develop a repertoire of sensory solutions for effective collaboration between therapist and caretaker for carryover into daily routines.

3. Sensory Strategies for Childhood Occupations in Early Intervention

Chapter three provides therapists with real-world sensory strategies that are integrated into the childhood occupations of infants and toddlers. These interventions aid infants and toddlers with developmental skills necessary for everyday life activities such as playing, eating, sleeping, bathing, and dressing. Therapists will synthesize knowledge with understanding to create a comprehensive and valuable treatment plan to help parents feel hopeful and empowered in helping their child.

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