Autism & Sensory Processing

Concepts, Evidence & BEST Strategies

Date: October 16 and 17, 2020

Time: 8 AM to 4 PM (each day)

Presented By: Moira Pena, BScOT, MOT, OT Reg. (Ont.)  

This two-day interactive online workshop explores sensory processing, sensory assessments, sensory-based interventions and strengths-based coaching approaches that you can utilize with children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders who experience sensory processing challenges* (including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, anxiety and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) to support engagement in daily activities. 

The first day of the workshop will highlight the different sensory systems, relevant sensory processing and integration models and assessments, new perspectives and interpretations of autism as well as BEST (Body, Emotional, Sensory & Thinking) evidence-based interventions. Participants will learn core concepts of solution-focused coaching (SFC) to improve your communication in effectively coaching parents and caregivers. The second day will focus on BEST evidence-based interventions to improve function and participation for children and youth with sensory processing differences in the following areas: Feeding (picky eating), Play and School Readiness.

* Please note that the presenter's clinical experience is primarily with autism spectrum disorder and that the case studies/videos used will focus on autism spectrum disorder. The sensory systems, sensory processing assessments and interventions, as well as the solution-focused coaching approaches can be applied to all children and youth who present with sensory processing challenges.

Session Topics:

  • Sensory Processing, the 8 Sensory Systems & latest research on Sensory Processing Differences (SPD).
  • Autism in 2020: An Update & New Perspectives.
  • BEST Strategies for Picky Eating, Play & School Readiness.

This workshop will be presented on Zoom. Participants will have access to presentation recordings until October 27th, 2020.

About Our Presenter:

Moira Pena is an Occupational Therapist working at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital who has dedicated her career to supporting individuals who experience sensory processing challenges. She is an Expert Hub Team member of the ECHO Ontario Autism Program which aims to further develop paediatricians and school psychologists' skills when working with persons on the autism spectrum. 

Fees: (All fees are plus HST)  (Early Bird Deadline: October 9, 2020)

Members: Early Bird: $295 - Regular: $360

Student Members: Early Bird: $195 - Regular: $260

Non Member: Early Bird: $395 - Regular: $460

Refund Policy: Refunds will be issued provided a request is made to the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists two weeks prior to the event. Refunds will be given in full less a 15% administrative charge.

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10/16/2020 - 10/17/2020
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