presented by Jenny L. Clark
This course will discuss sensory system dysfunction and how this impacts success in childhood occupations such as sleeping, eating, hygiene, and playing for children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (HFASD). Current research will be examined in order to determine effective evidence based interventions for children with HFASD. Learners will glean information for practical strategies addressing activities of daily living for HFASD. Sensory simulations will help participants understand the struggles children with HFASD experience, and case examples will be utilized to enrich the learning experience.
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, and Therapists (AAPC 2006) won the 2007 Media in Excellence video award from the Autism Society of America. Her passion for developing new approaches to therapy can be seen in her diverse contributions to the field, including: the evidence-based curriculum material Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes (AAPC 2004), and the sequel Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary School Activity Themes (AAPC 2009). Jenny was a contributing author for the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals (Greenwood Publishing Group 2007), as well as the author of a chapter in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Foundations, Characteristics, and Effective Strategies (Pearson Publishing 2011). Most recently, Jenny was the technical reviewer for The Everything Parents Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder (Terri Mauro, Adams Media 2014). Jenny is the inventor of the patent-pending “Weigh” Cool Bracelet (www.abilitations.com) and her most recent creation, Letter Treasure Hunt handwriting game (Therapro 2014). She can be reached at www.SPDconnection.com.
In the first chapter of this course, instructor Jenny L. Clark discusses the evolution of diagnosis from Asperger Syndrome to HFASD. Participants will learn the functions of the sensory systems and experience sensory processing challenges through simulated activities.
Jenny L. Clark reviews the seven sensory systems. The explanation of each sensory system is followed by a simulation activity to illustrate their functions and characteristics.
In this chapter, participants will discern sensory symptoms in HFASD with evidential support and scrutinize the impact of sensory processing difficulties on childhood occupations for children with HFASD. This chapter also provides an overview of how occupational therapy is utilized when working with children with ASD.
Participants will explore problem-solving approaches for helping children with HFASD at school and in the community. They will develop a repertoire of strategies that address success in childhood occupations for children with HFASD. Jenny L. Clark demonstrates how to implement sensory techniques to help children with HFASD gain independence in activities of daily living.
In the final chapter of this course, participants will review problem-solving approaches for helping children with HFASD at home. They will develop a repertoire of strategies that address success in childhood occupations for children with HFASD, and will understand how to facilitate solutions for functional independence for children with HFASD.