Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior? Part 2: Sensory-Based Behaviors

presented by Carolyn Murray-Slutsky & Betty Paris

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This course provides an overview of the sensory systems and their neurological underpinnings and identifies the common behaviors seen within each. Using the Intervention for Challenging Behavior form, participants will learn to identify sensory-based behaviors, define sensory obtaining versus avoiding behaviors, and further identify if an intervention plan is needed. A case study will be used to clearly identify sensory-based behaviors. This course will look deeper into sensory processing disorder (SPD) taxonomy and research related to SPD, both in the general population and in those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Specific behavioral characteristics will be reviewed for modulation disorders and interventions introduced.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT, FAOTA

    Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT, FAOTA, is an international lecturer, author, private practice owner, and clinician. In 2017 she was recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) as a Fellow for "Leading Excellence in Pediatrics Around the Globe." She received her undergraduate degree in special education from Ohio University; her master's degree in occupational therapy from Boston University; and post-graduate certifications in sensory integration (SI) and neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) for pediatrics, infants, and adults. Her area of specialization has been in treatment and program development for individuals with Autism, developmental disabilities, and sensory processing disorders She shares her knowledge and expertise to train therapists, parents, and other professionals through international educational seminars. She has been teaching for the American Occupational Therapy Association for twenty years, being an adjunct professor for several post-graduate Autism Specialist Certification programs and being a Tutor for the Sensory Integration Network of the UK since 2003. She is on the Board of Directors for Sleep'n Sync and the Advisory Committee for Southpaw Enterprises of the USA and UK, serves on the Planning and Grant Review Committees for Autism Speaks of Broward County, is on the Autism Community of Practice for AOTA, and has served on the Board of Directors for Abilitations. Among her awards are: Fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Honorary membership (2013) and the Award of Excellence (1999) from the Florida Occupational Therapy Association, and Manager of the Year award while serving as Director of Rehabilitation for an acute care facility. Her website, www.starservices.tv, has links to articles, educational information, and more. Publications include: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism and PDD- Intervention Strategies, a text book for clinicians, parents, teachers and other professionals. This book provides practical holistic intervention strategies. Autism Interventions: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism, Second Edition. 2014 Is it Sensory or is it Behavior- Behavior Problem Identification, Analysis and Intervention. Developing Visual Motor Integration. A workbook of easy-to-use, reusable worksheets to systematically build skills. Activities build visual spatial perception, perceptual organization, eye-hand coordination, problem solving, motor planning and fine motor control. Sensory Modulation Laminated Card Series: Sensory Seeking, Sensory Avoiding, Passive Under Responsive & Positive Behavioral Strategies Cards- A laminated card series addressing practical solutions to regulatory issues.

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  • Betty Paris, PT, M.Ed., C/NDT

    Betty Paris, PT, M.Ed., C/NDT, international lecturer, author, educator, private practice owner, and clinician, attained her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Florida International University and her master's in education from the University of Phoenix. She holds post-graduate certificates in sensory integration (SI) and neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT) in pediatrics and has used her training and experience to develop and render a unique blend of NDT and SI treatments to children and adults with Autism and other varying exceptionalities in a variety of settings. She shares her knowledge and expertise to train therapists, parents, and other professionals through international educational seminars. Betty has more than twenty years' experience teaching for the American Occupational Therapy Association and has been an adjunct professor for several post-graduate Autism Specialist Certification and occupational therapy programs and a Tutor for the Sensory Integration Network of the UK since 2003. She has co-authored in various educational journal publications and books. She serves on the Advisory Board for Southpaw Enterprises of the USA and UK, serves as Consultant for Florida International University's Medical Services Program for the Treatment of Individuals with Autism and as Consultant for Sleep'n Sync, and serves on the Planning Committee for Autism Speaks of Broward County. She has served on the Board of Directors for Abilitations-School Specialties. Her website, www.starservices.tv, has links to articles, educational information, and more. Publications include: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders: Intervention Strategies, a text book for clinicians, parents, teachers, and other professionals. This book provides practical, holistic intervention strategies. Autism Interventions: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism, Second Edition. 2014 Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior? Behavior Problem Identification, Assessment, and Intervention. Developing Visual Motor Integration. A workbook of easy-to-use, reusable worksheets to systematically build skills. Activities build visual spatial perception, perceptual organization, eye-hand coordination, problem-solving, motor planning and fine motor control. Sensory Modulation Laminated Card Series: Sensory Seeking, Sensory Avoiding, Passive Under Responsive, and Positive Behavioral Strategies Cards- A laminated card series addressing practical solutions to regulatory issues.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Introduction: The Sensory Systems and Sensory-Based Behaviors

    1. Introduction: The Sensory Systems and Sensory-Based Behaviors

    This chapter reviews the sensory systems, provides a basic neurological and anatomical review of each system, and describes behavioral expressions common within each. Clinicians must understand this information and the interrelations between the systems in order to appropriately analyze the sensory-based behaviors. A case study will be used to guide learning.

  2. Understanding the SPD Taxonomy, Sensory Modulation Disorders, and Their Characteristics

    2. Understanding the SPD Taxonomy, Sensory Modulation Disorders, and Their Characteristics

    The sensory processing disorder (SPD) taxonomy identifies the components of an SPD in the general population. Research and terminology related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD) differs slightly. This chapter will lay the groundwork for analyzing sensory-based behaviors and for prioritizing interventions.

  3. Identifying and Understanding Sensory Modulation Disorders and Other Internal Systemic Behaviors

    3. Identifying and Understanding Sensory Modulation Disorders and Other Internal Systemic Behaviors

    This chapter will give participants the skills needed to identify internal systemic (sensory) issues. A case study will be used to further identify and analyze sensory-based behaviors (whether they are productive or nonproductive, acceptable or unacceptable) and factors affecting the priority for designing an intervention plan. Internal systemic biological problems and their impact on sensory-based and self-injurious behaviors will also be addressed.