There is Always a Reason for the Behaviour: Is it Sensory or is it Behaviour?

Course Description
Clinicians consulting with teachers and families are increasingly challenged by students with complex behavioral issues. As a result, therapists desire discriminating skills and tools to identify the basis of these complexities. Is the behavior a result of neuropsychological limitations in sensory processing or a manifestation of social and emotional experiences? Traditionally, models of intervention have isolated these two features, as separate contributions of functional performance, which, when viewed holistically, are integrated and overlapping aspects of human behavior.
This workshop will provide an understanding of the integrated neurobiology of sensory processing and emotional/behavioral problems resulting in “challenging behavior”. Through lecture, problem solving labs, and videotape analysis, you will learn where on the integrated sensory-emotional continuum, sensation and mental health concerns entwine. This understanding, in turn, will allow for easier treatment planning. Treatment strategies will be specific to the home and school environment based upon active analysis of identified behavioral concerns.
The workshop is based upon cutting edge research bridging translational research from the fields of neuro-science, occupational therapy, psychology and trauma psychiatry.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
•   Describe the neurobiology of challenging behavior
•   Distinguish between sensory, emotional and cognitive components of behavior
•   Analyze various overlapping contributions to behavior problems
•   Integrate theories of intervention into a holistic approach to complex behaviors
•   Develop treatment techniques, relationship-building tools and dialoguing skills with complex
students and their caregivers.

15 hours/1.5 CEUs, 14 hours Face to Face instruction and 1 hour of pre-reading
This course is offered for 1.4 ASHA CEU’s at an Introductory Level in the Related Category
Pre-Reading (one hour) The Neurobiology of Challenging Behavior and Quiz

Day One
* There will be a 15 minute break each morning and each afternoon.
8:00 a.m.     Sign in and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.     It’s All the Same Buckets of Chemical:  Arousal Theory
10:30 a.m.    Sensory Contributions to Challenging Behavior
12:00 p.m.    Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m.    Trauma, Sensory Processing and Defiant Behavior
3:15 p.m.    Attachment Theory and Sensory Processing
5:00 p.m.    Adjourn

Day Two
8:00 a.m.    Sign in and continental breakfast
8:30 a.m.    Self-Regulation and Behavioral and Attachment Intervention
10:30 a.m.    Co-Regulating Arousal with Sensory Strategies
12:00 p.m.    Lunch (on your own)
1:00 p.m.    Sensory Strategies Continued
3:00 p.m.    Dialoguing with Complex Clients
5:00 p.m.    Adjourn

What Therapists Say About This Course
•   “Excellent course! Kim is a fantastic instructor. I always learn so much at her courses and come away very inspired.”
•   “Thank you for sharing your passion ‑ it oozes out of you!”
•   “Kim is a captivating speaker. I was consistently paying close attention to every detail and could not wait to hear another example of her work and the work of others in this field. She has a wonderful way of imparting her knowledge. I felt like I had new tools to use immediately and couldn’t wait to work with my clients again to try them out. Refreshing!!!”

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