Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

Colorado Springs, CO
Thursday, March 27, 2008

Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
Thursday, March 27, 2008 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Mountain Time)

Colorado Springs, CO
Crowne Plaza
2886 S. Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906
(719) 576-5900

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Course Description:
Sensory Processing Disorder is fast becoming recognized as a major contributor to problematic behavior of children and adolescents. It commonly accompanies such conditions as ADHD, autism, Asperger’s syndrome, ODD, bipolar disorder, developmental delays, depression, Tourette’s disorder, speech and language disorders, anxiety disorders, and learning disabilities. The central problem is the brain’s difficulty in organizing sensory inputs it receives from the nervous system. It involves abnormal avoidance of or attraction to touch, taste, smell, movement, sounds, and sights. Sensory systems include tactile, vestibular, temporal awareness, proprioceptive (body awareness), visual, auditory, olfactory (smell), and gustatory (taste). An unusually high activity level and coordination difficulties–such as often occur in ADHD–is another tip-off to Sensory Processing Disorder. This seminar is a pivotal training experience for anyone concerned with helping a child or adolescent who have Sensory Processing issues. It features elaborate diagnostic information and hundreds of specific corrective activities for children and adolescents that have Sensory Processing Disorder. Throughout the day, Dr. Taylor describes and demonstrates safe forms of movement and appropriate, fun and easy exercises that avoid sensory overload while giving the child or adolescent corrective and therapeutic sensory inputs. Dr. Taylor also provides practical answers to improve social and emotional adjustment, school performance, self-esteem and socially appropriate behavior, and rebuilding family harmony. 

Examine These Key Features:

  1. Major risk areas for children and adolescents with Sensory Processing Disorder 
  2. Modern, balanced, multi-dimensional interventions to assist at school and at home 
  3. Adaptive interventions for overlapping conditions such as ADHD. Bipolar disorder, speech and language communicative disorders, and anxiety disorders 
  4. Specific, practical strategies addressing deficits in all of the major sensory systems 
  5. Symptom reduction through nutrition, avoiding toxic chemicals, and related physiological measures 
  6. Sensory aspects of speech and language deficits 
  7. Measures to improve adjustment and self-control in public, school, and home settings 
  8. Methods to enhance the child’s or adolescent’s cooperation with treatment

Learning Objectives:

The Participant will be able to:

  1. Identify and define Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
  2. List practical, specific methods for avoiding sensory overload
  3. Describe sensory processing aspects of speech and language communicative disorders
  4. Depict noninvasive strategies for overall reduction of tactile defensiveness
  5. Discuss common emotional accompaniments to Sensory Processing Disorder in a child or adolescent
  6. Enumerate methods to reduce sensory Processing problems in a typical school classroom and during one-to-one instruction

Who Should Attend:
• Speech-Language Pathologists
• Early Childhood Educators
• Special Education Teachers
• Early Intervention Teachers
• Child Developmental Specialists
• Pediatric Therapy Professionals
• Physical Therapists
• Physical Therapy Assistants
• Occupational Therapists
• Occupational Therapy Assistants
• Licensed Professional Counselors
• Social Workers
• School Psychologists
• Parents and Caregivers

Meet Your Program Instructor:
John F. Taylor, Ph.D. , is an author and family psychologist in private practice in Oregon. Dr. Taylor has long been an outspoken advocate for greater recognition and servicing of Sensory Processing Disorder by the helping professions. He has treated hundreds of children, adolescents and adults who have Sensory Processing Disorder, and he featured a highlighted discussion of SPD issues in his landmark parent-teacher-counselor guide “Helping Your ADD Child..” Because the majority of children with ADHD also have Sensory Processing issues, he is acutely aware of how they integrate with common comorbid conditions such as learning disabilities, speech and language problems, anxiety disorders, and ADHD. He is the author of the current definitive article on ADHD for the Encyclopedia Americana and included the crucial importance of Sensory Processing issues in that article. He has produced 29 major works addressing conditions in which there is a Sensory Processing Disorder component or overlap, including The Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD and Nutrition and Neurochemistry: The ADD Link

Summit Professional Education reserves the right to change the course agenda and/or instructors

Course Outline:

7:30am – Registration & Breakfast | 8:00am – Course Begins

I. Understand Sensory Processing Disorder 
    • The physiological basis of SPD 
    • Use the SPD screening checklist 
    • Uncover problems with tactile, vestibular, temporal awareness, proprioceptive, visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory senses 
    • Identify problems with self-help, speech, cognition, self-regulation, and social and emotional development 
    • Recognize SPD aspects of comorbid conditions

II. Apply Sensory Processing Therapy
        • Use specific corrective activities for impaired tactile, vestibular, temporal awareness, proprioceptive, visual, auditory, olfactory and gustatory sensory systems
        • Handle sensory overload
        • Consider complementary, nutritional and pharmaceutical options
        • Adapt interventions to comorbid conditions

III. Improve Personal And Social Adjustment
        • Solve sensory problems in public
        • Solve sensory problems in group situations
        • Resolve the emotional aspects of SPD dysfunction.
        • Identify and reduce stressors
        • Eliminate tantrums and smooth transitions
        • Uplift self-esteem

11:30am 12:30 pm — Lunch on Your Own

IV. Upgrade The Home Environment
        • Incorporate alerting, organizing and calming activities at home
        • Select the right toys and equipment
        • Modify the home environment to avoid sensory overload
        • Modify sensory aspects of the bathroom, bedroom, lighting, noise insulation and more

V. Rebuild Family Harmony
        • Solve sensory problems at home with grooming, dressing, toileting, eating, etc.
        • Explain SPD to the family
        • Talk with the child or adolescent about SPD

VI. Enhance School Success
        • Help the classroom teacher become more “sensory aware“
        • Reduce sensory overload at school
        • Take advantages of talents and learning styles
        • Advocate at school--IEP’s and beyond

3:30pm – Course Adjourns

Your instructor will break for 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon at appropriate times.



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