5 Contact Hours

This entry-level/refresher course addresses sensory processing disorders (SPDs) in children and examines the foundations of sensory integration (SI) theory. This course is appropriate for occupational, physical, and speech therapists and assistants.

Audience: OT, COTA, PT, PTA, SLP

Skill Level: Entry-level

Contact Hours: 5

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA 

Teaching Methods: Course content includes text from, "Kids Can Be Kids: A Childhood Occupations Approach (2012)" Edited by Shelly J. Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Anita C. Bundy, ScD, OTR, FAOTA.  Copyright 2012 FA Davis.  All Rights Reserved. Used with Permission.

Criteria for Passing: Each learner must complete all learning activities/handouts and pass a final exam to receive credit.

Course Objectives:

By the end of this course, each learner will be able to:

1. Define the concepts of sensory processing and sensory integration.
2. Describe the properties of sensory stimuli, including how they influence the sensory messages conveyed to the central nervous system.
3. Explain the concept “goodness-of-fit.”
4. Define the sensory integrative disorders identified using the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests.
5. Differentiate between sensory modulation disorder, sensory discrimination, sensory-based motor disorder, and dyspraxia.
6. Delineate the features of intervention that classify it as “sensory integration.”
7 . Identify appropriate outcomes for sensory integration intervention.


Here is the course outline:

1. Introduction

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2. Course Objectives - Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

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3. Coursework - Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)

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4. Course Final and Survey - Introduction to Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD)


The following certificates are awarded when the course is completed:

Certificate of Completion