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


Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7:00pm to 8:00pm 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: Intervention

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.

2018 LiveTalk Series:
Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration

January 22: Clinical Reasoning for Vestibular Dysfunction in Sensory Integration

February 20: Clinical Reasoning for Developing and Implementing Sensory Diets for Modulation Problems

March 19: Clinical Reasoning for Praxis Assessment and Intervention

April 30: Clinical Reasoning for Utilizing Sound Therapy Programs

June 25: Clinical Reasoning for Tactile and Somatosensory Problems in Sensory Integration

July 23: Clinical Reasoning for Addressing Play Skills in Sensory Integration

September 24: Clinical Reasoning for Addressing Oral Motor and Mealtime Behaviors in Sensor Integration

October 29: Clinical Reasoning in Ethics for Sensory Integration Practice

November 26: Clinical Reasoning in Addressing Postural Control Difficulties in Sensory Integration

** dates subject to change **


Part of the 2018 'Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration' LiveTalk Series:

Clinical Reasoning for Developing and Implementing Sensory Diets for Modulation Problems

Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Tuesday, February 20, 2018
7:00pm - 8:00pm EST

For 2018, the Spiral Foundation Live Talk series will bring you a year full of talks on clinical reasoning related to various aspect of Occupational therapy practice related to sensory integration intervention. You have been asking for more clinical application of information and we have heard you!  Join us in 2018 as we explore sensory integration practice.

For each talk we will present a clinical case which will illustrate the application of assessment and intervention of a particular area of sensory integration dysfunction in clinical practice.  We will discuss clinical reasoning for selecting and interpreting assessment information and for identifying intervention needs and treatment strategies.


So you want to implement a sensory diet program for your client. How do you determine what needs to done or if a sensory diet program is appropriate?  What activities should be done and when?  How do you determine if your program is effective?  This live talk will discuss the clinical reasoning behind how to determine the need for a sensory diet program, how to develop one and what to look for to evaluate efficacy. A case study will be used to illustrate key points and activities in this process. 

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

  1. Identify 3 reasons for utilizing a sensory diet program with a client.
  2. State the key components of a sensory diet program.
  3. Describe 2 ways to evaluate efficacy of a sensory diet program. 

About the Speaker: Teresa May-Benson is the Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation as well as a practicing occupational therapist at OTA The Koomar Center. She is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center and Laboratory. She is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention, has authored book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. Dr. May-Benson received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from Boston University with a concentration in sensory integration and school system therapy. She was a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the Doctoral Program in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University. She has received the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis.

    Subscriptions for the 2018 'Clinical Reasoning in Sensory Integration' LiveTalk Series are open!
    Subscribe now and receive all 9 of this year's LiveTalks for one low price! 

    Join Us!

    February LiveTalk: $25
    2018 Series: $169

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    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.