How to Tell if Your Child has Sensory Processing Issues

Learn about sensory processing and the behaviours that could indicate there is an issue in your child's sensory system.
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  • Lectures 5
  • Length 41 mins
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 6/2015 English

Course Description

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.

What are the requirements?

  • No material needed

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Spot the major signs of sensory processing disorder in children and young adults
  • Better understand Sensory Processing Systems
  • Gain knowledge in Sensory Processing Disorder and the varying identifications
  • Determine whether further assessment is warranted

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is meant to be an introduction for parents, caregivers and those who would like to know more about sensory processing disorder and spot the major signs or behaviours. This course does not evaluate the evidence or literature on the subject, but presents a summary of the major signs and symptoms. Intermediate and expert learners in the field are not good candidates.
  • Parents & caregivers who may be excluded from more traditional trainings and those looking for straight-forward examples of signs of sensory issues.

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Section 1: Occupational therapy and sensory processing

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

Section 2: Introducing Sensory Processing and the Systems

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.

Section 3: Sensory Processing Dysfunction

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.

5 questions

This quiz helps students solidify their understanding of the sensory systems and how poor modulation occurs

Section 4: Examples of Poor processing in the Sensory Systems

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.

Section 5: Example of a Sensory Diet
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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.

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Instructor Biography

Ass. Professor Meg McQueen, Assistant Professor and Occupational Therapist

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.

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