Rachael Benson
Administrative Assistant
The Spiral Foundation
74 Bridge Street
Newton, MA 02458 
617-969-4410 ext. 231


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:30pm to 8:30pm EST

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Course level: Introductory

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, Psychologists, Parents, Teachers.

Domain: Client Factors
Process: Assessment

Contact hours: This course is worth total of 1.0 contact hours, or .1 AOTA CEUs.

Course Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the LiveTalk either live or as a recording, and complete the accompanying assessment.

ADA/Section 504:  If you require special accommodations, please contact us at the address above.

Continuing Education

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

2016 LiveTalk Series:
Advances in Autism 

Advances in Effectiveness of Ayres Sensory Integration® Using the Data-Driven Decision Making Model with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
with Roseann Schaaf, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Advances in Understanding Brain Neurochemistry, Gastro-Intestinal Problems and Mitochondrial Difficulties in Children with ASD
with Margaret Bauman, MD

Advances in Advocacy and Facilitating Potential in Individuals with ASD
with Dr. Barbara Cutler, EdD

 Advances in Understanding and Treating Adults with ASD
with Beth Pfeiffer, PhD, OTR/L, BCP

Advances in Managing Behaviors in Children with ASD: Facilitating ABA and SI Collaboration
with Renee Watling, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Advances in Understanding and Treating Play from a Sensory Integrative Perspective in Children with ASD
with Heather Kuhanek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Advances in Early Identification of Children with ASD
with Grace Baranek, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Advances in Brain Neuroimaging in Children with ASD
with Elysa Marco, MD

Advances in Overcoming and Living Fully with Autism
with Bill Wong, OTD, OTR/L 


Part of the 2016 'Advances in Autism'
LiveTalk Series:

Advances in Brain Neuroimaging in Children with SPD

Dr. Elysa Marco, MD


Wednesday, March 15, 2017
7:30pm - 8:30pm EST

“LiveTalks” are informal audio only interviews that are recorded live. All registrants are able to download the recorded LiveTalk from the TalkShoe website immediately following the event. Missed one? No problem. All past “LiveTalks” are available on the Spiral Foundation website at

About the Series:

 This year’s 2016 LiveTalk Series will be focused on advances in our understanding of autism with an emphasis on how those advances influence the practice of occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach.  We will be offering a wealth of knowledge from experts in the field on a variety of topics ranging from sensory integration intervention, early identification of sensory and motor problems in children with ASD, working with adults with ASD, and coordinating behavioral and sensory-based intervention programs among other topics.

This LiveTalk is part of the 2016 Series. Subscribers to the 2017 Series will need to purchase this LiveTalk in order to view it.

The etiology of sensory integration dysfunction is currently unknown. Differences in sensory processing are known to exist among varying populations but little is known about the cause of the differences. This program with internationally known researcher, Dr. Elysa Marco, will discuss her research on brain imaging in children with sensory processing disorder and as well as those with autism. This LiveTalk will highlight cutting edge findings on the neurostructural differences which may underlie or contribute to differences in sensory processing. 

Learning Objectives
By the end of this LiveTalk the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify which neural microstructures are different in children with SPD compared to typical peers. 
  2. Describe the relation between neural microstructure differences in children with SPD and different aspects of sensory processing.
  3. Describe similarities and differences in neural microstructures among children with SPD and children with ASD.

About the Speaker: Dr. Elysa Marco received her BA in psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and then obtained her MD at the University of California, San Francisco. She continued her residency training at UCSF in pediatrics, neurology, and child neurology. In addition, she completed a cognitive and behavioral fellowship with an emphasis on the genetics of cognitive impairment. She joined the faculty of UCSF in 2005 and is an active clinician, researcher, and educator.

Save money when you purchase the 2016 'Advances in Autism' LiveTalk Series!
Receive all 9 2016 LiveTalks for one low price! 

Join Us!

March LiveTalk: $25
2016 Series: $169

Register Now!

Cancellation Policy: No refunds except in the event the course is cancelled by Spiral. Recorded downloads are available for those who miss the live event. Please see here, towards the bottom of the page, for the Spiral Foundation's complete policy regarding cancellations and refunds.
For questions, contact us at or  617-969-4410 ext 231.