Rachael Benson
Administrative Assistant 
Spiral Foundation
(617) 969-4410 ext. 231


Saturday, November 2 to
Sunday, November 3, 2019
8:30am to 4:30pm EST


Spiral Foundation / OTA The Koomar Center
74 Bridge St.
Newton, MA 02458

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Course level: Intermediate to Advanced

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants, speech and language pathologists with a background in sensory integration theory.

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Assessment

Contact hours: This course is worth a total of 12 contact hours, or 1.2 AOTA CEUs.
Exam and Self-Study: 2.0 contact hours / .2 AOTA CEUs
Participants can earn a total of 14 contact hours, or 1.4 AOTA CEUs from this course.

Course Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours or CEUs for this course you must attend and participate in the course activities.

Participants wishing to receive credit towards a certificate of completion for the Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration MUST complete the accompanying competency exam following the course.

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.  

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

Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration

Starting in 2016 the Spiral Foundation's 'Sensory Integration Essentials' series will be expanding and rebranded as the Program for Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration. In addition to the sensory integration theory, clinical assessment and intervention courses that form the core of our program, we are adding a NEW 3-day course, Essentials of Administration of Sensory Integration Assessments (including the SIPT and Ayres clinical observations), and a NEW 2-day course, Essentials of Interpretation of Patterns of Sensory Integration Dysfunction. Participants who complete all five courses will receive a certificate of completion for the program.

As the WPS/USC SI certification program is being discontinued, we believe our new program will provide clinicians with a solid foundation of skills to understand, evaluate and treat sensory integration difficulties. This program includes courses on sensory integration theory, clinical assessment, test administration, interpretation of patterns of sensory integration dysfunction and sensory integration intervention. Courses 1, 2 and 5 will also be available in an on-line format, but courses 3 and 4 must be attended in person.  Participants of both live and on-line formats will complete competency tests after each course segment to reinforce and assure learning of material.

A Live Two Day Course

Essentials of Interpretation of Patterns of Sensory Integration Dysfunction

Presented by:
Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Saturday, November 2 to
Sunday, November 3, 2019

This course is Part Four of the five part Program of Essential Competencies in Sensory Integration. Learn more about the program HERE.

This course will discuss patterns of sensory integration dysfunction as described by A. Jean Ayres as a result of factor and cluster analyses using the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests. Participants will learn how to identify patterns of sensory integration dysfunction through standardized and non-standardized assessment findings using the SIPT as well as other motor assessments which will be applicable to a wide range of client ages and practice settings. The course format, a combination of lecture, videotapes, case studies and small group discussion allows opportunities to address participants' questions and concerns.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this course participants will be able to:

  1. Describe patterns of sensory integration dysfunction identified through SIPT cluster and factor analyses.
  2. Interpret assessment data (both observations and standardized test results) using sensory integration theory and SIPT cluster and factor analysis information to identify patterns of sensory integration dysfunction.
  3. Describe the statistical strengths and weaknesses of the SIPT.
  4. Apply knowledge of sensory integration theory and patterns of sensory integration dysfunction to report assessment results and identify a plan of care.


About the Speaker: Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA 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.

Prerequisites: This course is limited to occupational and physical therapy participants who have completed Courses 3 of this series, or who have completed Course 2 of the WPS/USC SIPT courses. All participants must bring with them their own SIPT test manual which will be used for the course. Bring highlighters and be prepared to highlight portions of the manual. All participants must bring with them a scored SIPT protocol report and clinical observations on one client.
Please contact Teresa at if there are any difficulties.

Early Bird (register by October 14): $350
Standard (register after October 14): $375

Register Now!Cancellation Policy: No refunds except in the event the course is cancelled by Spiral. 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.

Course Schedule
(times may vary but topics will not)

Day One

8:30 – 9:00  Registration
9:00 – 10:30  Development and Psychometrics of SIPT; Patterns of Dysfunction
10:30 – 10:45  Break
10:45 – 12:00  Introduction to the WPS Test Report; Orientation to Individual SIPT Tests
12:00 – 1:00  Lunch
1:00 – 2:30  Group Process for Individual Tests Assessment Information for Interpretation
2:30 – 2:45  Break
2:45 – 4:30  Analysis and Application of SIPT and Non-SIPT Data to Dysfunctional Patterns

Day Two

9:00 – 10:30  Strategies for Interpretation; Case Analyses 
10:30 – 10:45  Break
10:45 – 12:00  Discussion of SIPT Cases from Manual
12:00 – 1:00  Lunch ; Individual Case Analysis
1:00 – 2:30  Group Problem Solving and Discussion of Cases
2:30 – 2:45  Break
2:45 – 4:00  Analysis and Application of SIPT Interpretation Strategies to Non-SIPT Data – Revisited
4:00 – 4:30  Report and Goal Writing