This is a short course to help parents learn the signs and symptoms of sensory processing disorder (SPD). A basic background on occupational therapy, sensory processing function and dysfunction and everyday examples of everyday behaviours often seen in sensory processing disorder. The course should take approximately 1 hour to complete and will be supplemented with suggested readings and case examples. If you are looking for more information about SPD and the signs often associated with it-this is the course for you. I am a parent, occupational therapist, assistant professor and sensory trained assessor- I want you to know what to look for so that you can seek the help you need at the right time.
This lecture will explore the relationship between occupational therapy and sensory processing. A basic description of the profession and areas of expertise are provided, as well as examples of everyday interventions. This lecture will help prepare you to work with an OT who may assist you in identifying and treating sensory processing dysfunction in your child
Lecture 2 introduces the theory of sensory integration background and delves into the prominent sensory system in your child's central nervous system (CNS). Great effort is given to provide everyday examples of each system so that you may better understand their role in both your child's and your life.
In lecture 3 we focus on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and the basic concepts and categories. Sensory modulation is the main focus of the three categories and examples of appropriate modulation/regulation are provided. Furthermore, modulation issues in children are explored and how behaviour can be the smoking gun.
This quiz helps students solidify their understanding of the sensory systems and how poor modulation occurs
Lecture 4 identifies the common behavioural representations of sensory processing dysfunction in each of the sensory systems. The list in not exhaustive, but more representative of children who have SPD without major cognitive impairment. This list can be used a checklist by parents to help identify which of their children's sensory systems may have more difficulty than others.
Lecture 5 is an example of a sensory diet. This intervention is not discussed in the basic seminar series but will be addressed in the intermediate course. Specific daily tasks have been modified to meet the 'client's' needs throughout the day, and is a good example of a comprehensive sensory diet.
Ms. Meg McQueen, is an occupational therapist and assistant professor at Queen's University in the Department of Psychiatry and School of Rehabilitation. She has specialized training in Ayres Sensory Integration Therapy from the University of California and many years of experience assessing and treating in the field of sensory integration and developmental disability in children, youth and adults.