Current Concepts in Sensory Processing Disorders

Integrating the Neurobiology of Brain-behavior in the Pediatric Population


This dynamic workshop provides a current scientific review of the neurobiology of sensory processing disorders, deepening the participants understanding of brain-behavioral relationships in the pediatric population.  Bridging evidence with therapeutic intervention, this workshop will leave participants with strong clinical reasoning and problem solving skills, enhancing the development of sensory intervention that is applicable to any environment.  The workshop will include a mixture of lecture, videotape analysis, practicum and treatment demonstrations

Objectives: Upon completion of this course the participant will be able to:

  1. Understand the sensory, emotional and cognitive contributions to arousal and function.
  2. Relate the symptoms and behavioral characteristics of varying sensory processing disorders (Autism Spectrum Disorder, Fetal Alcohol Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Fetal Narcotic Disorder and OCD) to specific neurological etiology.
  3. Comprehend the neurobiology of attachment, connection and interaction in typical development and children with sensory processing disorders.
  4. Understanding the use of therapeutic relationship as a contribution to the effective process of sensory intervention.
  5. Develop a repertoire of techniques and sensory strategies to develop adaptive responses in a variety of environments.



This is a 16-hour course equivalent to 1.6 CEUs. CEU approval has been submitted to ASHA, AOTA and physical therapy licensing boards or chapters of APTA in the states in which the course is held.  Motivations, Inc. is approved by the Continuing Education Board of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to offer Continuing Education activities in Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology. This program is offered for 1.6 CEUs (Introductory Level; Professional Area). ASHA approval of CE Providers Status does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products, or clinical procedures.


Pediatric occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapy assistants, speech and language pathologists.


Day One                                                                          

8:00 AM        Arousal Drives Behavior: Sensation, Cognition and Emotion Contribute to Arousal and Function

10:15AM        Break

10:30AM        Sensory Contributions to Behavior:practicum/video/lecture

12:15PM        Lunch on your own

1:15 PM        Treatment Demonstration and Discussion

2:45 PM        Break

3:00 PM         Neurobiology of Sensory Processing Disorders: ASD, ADHD, FASD, OCD, and Fetal Narcotic Effect

5:00                Adjourn