presented by Jenny L. Clark
This course examines the six subtypes of sensory processing disorder (SPD) and distinguishes sensory related behavior for modulations disorder, which impacts regulation and attention, sensory-based motor disorder, which impacts success with functional motor coordination tasks, and sensory discrimination disorder, which impacts academic learning. Current SPD neuroscience research will be examined for evidence-based practices in SPD. Learners will develop a repertoire of practical and easy-to-implement sensory strategies they can use immediately with children.
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, Jenny Clark examines current neuroscience support for sensory processing disorder (SPD). Participants will learn to assimilate a battery of assessments to clearly identify SPD for effective intervention planning. They will review evidence-based practices for occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach (OT-SI).
Jenny Clark identifies six subtypes of sensory processing disorder. Participants will learn to distinguish characteristics and signs & symptoms for SPD subtypes. Clark explores case examples of SPD subtypes for symptoms, treatment, and clinical results.
Chapter 3 reviews the components of a sensory diet. Participants will learn to develop a repertoire of alerting, modulating, and calming sensory strategies. Jenny Clark demonstrates how to utilize techniques and resources for sensory self-regulation in children.