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Course Description

This course is offered for 1 contact hours/0.1 IACET CEUs.

The course is built to test the baseline knowledge of participants. Participants will rate their knowledge on their current understanding on sensory regulation, and its application in care provision. Students will take a pre-knowledge test and a reflective activity on sensory awareness. This introductory course will teach participants about the basics of sensory processing and will provide strategies to promote optimal regulation and arousal in children. The participants will learn how to use correct terms when referring to various aspects of sensory processing in order to promote effective communication with professionals from various disciplines. They will learn sensory system development, Zones of Regulation, the difference between behavior-motivated tantrums and sensory meltdowns and alerting and regulating strategies that target each sensory system (visual, tactile, auditory, proprioceptive, vestibular, gustatory, and olfactory). It is important for teachers and providers and caregivers to be able to understand how a child’s regulation and sensory processing impact their performance and behavior, and to be able to respond appropriately to help the children remain in the optimal Zone. Sensory-based changes to a child’s affect or engagement in a task are often attributed to behavioral concerns. As participants will learn during the course, behavioral strategies will not be effective in promoting a child’s optimal performance during an activity if their difficulty in fact stems from poor sensory modulation or other sensory concerns. Following the course, students will take a post course assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the course in teaching sensory regulation.
Type: Recorded Video

Level: Introductory

1 Hour

Key Words:

Emily Merrill, OTD, OTR/L

Dr. Emily Merrill has 3.5 years of Pediatric experience and mental health OT experience in inpatient setting, outpatient clinic, CHLA Foster Care Hub, and community. In addition, she has 1.5 years at iBRAIN working with students with brain injuries and brain-based disorders. She is interested in using sensory strategies to promote regulation and engagement across contexts. Emily Merrill

Learning Outcomes

  • After this course, participants will be able to recognize and define necessary sensory terms that will be used in the remainder of the course.

  • After this course, participants will describe each sensory system in broad detail including the definition, receptors, and necessary developmental considerations.

  • After this course, participants will complete part 1 of a self-reflection activity that will be analyzed in detail during an upcoming module.

Presenter Disclosure: Financial: Emily Merrill is the Lead Occupational Therapist at iBRAIN.

Non-financial: Emily Merrill has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Sponsor Disclosure:  This course is presented by iBRAIN.

Content Disclosure:  This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.