Collaborating Clinicians

Occupational and Speech Therapy Using a Sensory Motor Approach

This two day workshop is designed for speech/language pathologists and occupational therapists who work collaboratively towards the enhancement of communication, interaction, organized behavior, learning, joint attention, and modulation using sensory integrative principles.  An intimate relationship exists between sensory motor function and the development of relationship, communication and speech.  Join this master clinician as she explores the neurobiology, the art of therapy and collaborative approaches in the treatment of children with communication challenges.  Strategies presented will emphasize an OT/SLP integrated approach for children diagnosed with developmental challenges, autism, attention deficit disorder and language delays, etc.


  1. Recognize arousal states and design strategies of readiness and interest for communication, interaction and relationship.
  2. Outline the relationship between sensory processing and the development of interaction and communication skills.
  3. Identify the significant aspect of speech sound production that relate to sensory integration, respiratory support, oral apraxia and oral motor function.
  4. Describe the relationship between sensory processing and non-verbal communication and speech and language development

Day One:

8:30 – 9:00      Collaborative treatment

9:00 – 11:00    Neurobiology of Arousal and Attachment

11:00 – 12:00 Treatment Strategies and Outcomes

1:00 – 3:00      Vestibular, Auditory and Visual Integration: Contributions to Attention

And language development

3:00 – 4:00     Collaborative treatment session demonstration ?????

4:00 – 4:30     Discussion

Day Two:

8:30 – 10:30   Proprioception and its relationship to learning and memory

10:45 – 12:00 Somatosensory function and its relationship to oral dyspraxia and language

1:00 -2:30        Oral motor treatment strategies lecture and Lab

2:45 – 4:30      Respiration as modulation and phonation