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Teresa A. May-Benson 
Spiral Foundation at OTA-Watertown                   
124 Watertown St.                                                Watertown, MA  02472
617-923-4410 ext 240 



Thursday February 9, 2012 at 6:00 PM EST - to- 9:00 PM EST
Friday February 10, 2012 9:00 AM EST -to- 4:30 PM EST
Goal Attainment Scaling
Saturday February 11, 2012 at 8:30 AM EST -to- 4:30 PM EST


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Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants

Intermediate to Advanced Levels


American Legion: Nonantum Post 440 
295 California Street
Newton, MA 02458

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Continuing Education

Contact hours: 
Fidelity:  9 contact hours (.9 CEUs)
Goal Attainment Scaling:  6.5 contact hours (.6 CEUs)

OccupationalTherapy 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 DEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.  Please note:  CEUs will be calculated depending on the hours of attendance and the completion of the course evaluation.


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

Hotel Information

There are few hotels in the immediate vicinity of the course site.  None are within walking distance so plan on driving or taking taxis.  The following hotels are all within a 5 mile radius of the course site.

Hyatt Summerfield Suites Boston/Waltham
54 Fourth Avenue
Waltham, Ma 02451
Ask about complimentary shuttle to and from course site.

Crowne Plaza Boston - Newton
320 Washington Street
Newton, MA 
877 270 1393   
Closest hotel about 1.5 miles away; under $10 cab

Super 8 Watertown/Cambridge/Boston Area
100 North Beacon St
Watertown, MA
(617) 926-2200
Close, relatively inexpensive but definitely budget hotel.

Best Western Terrace Inn
1650 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02135
(617) 566-6260

Boston Marriott Newton
2345 Commonwealth Avenue
Newton, MA
(617) 969-1000
Within 4 miles

Hotel Indigo Riverside
399 Grove Street
Newton, MA
(617) 969-5300
Nice hotel reasonable price

Homestead Studio Suites Boston - Waltham
52 Fourth Ave.
Waltham, MA
(781) 890-1333
Nice hotel, good reviews, within 5 miles


Two Training Programs:

Fidelity to Ayres Sensory Integration Intervention
Goal Attainment Scaling
 as a Meaningful Outcome Measure for Sensory Integration:  A Training Program

Fidelity to Ayres Sensory Integration®


Presented by
Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L
(with Jane Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA)


Outcomes research on a specific type of intervention must define the intervention including theory, principles and methods and then ensure that the intervention provided during the study is faithful to the description.  The Fidelity Measure of Ayres Sensory Integration® (ASI) intervention is a reliable and valid tool that summarizes the essential structural and process elements of therapeutic practice using sensory integration theory and methods. During this workshop, participants will learn the essential elements of ASI   Intervention as delineated in the ASI Fidelity Measure and learn to use this tool to improve research and practice.


OBJECTIVES:  Participants will be able to:
1.     Discuss ways in which the Fidelity Measure contributes to
     research and evidence-based practice.

2.     List four main structural elements essential in the provision of

     therapy using ASI.

3.     Describe the 10 process elements to the delivery of ASI.

4.     Identify interventions that meet the criteria for ASI and those

     that do not.

5.     Identify ways in which the structural and processelements of

     ASI intervention informs occupational therapy practice.



SCHEDULE:*  (9 contact hours)

Day 1 Thursday Evening 6:00—9:00pm
5:30  Registration
6:00  Intro to Fidelity and ASI Intervention Measure
7:00  Discussion of Dr. Ayres providing SI Intervention
8:00  Discussion of Training Case 1
9:00  Adjourn

Day 2 Friday 9:00am—4:30pm
9:00  Discussion of Training Case 2  - Discussion of     Training Case 3 - Discussion of Training Case 4
10:30  BREAK
10:45  Group (homework) process
11:30  Discussion of group process
12:30  LUNCH on your own
1:30  Questions on ASI and the Fidelity Measure
2:00  Discussion of Training Case 5
2:30  BREAK
2:45  Reliability Ratings 
4:00  Discussion
4:30  Adjourn

Goal Attainment Scaling as a Meaningful Outcome Measure for Sensory Integration


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

This course presents an in-depth look at Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) methodology and its application as a functional outcome measure for occupational therapy using a sensory integration approach. This training program will present theoretical and practical information needed to prepare therapists for the use of the GAS methodology for both clinical and research applications.


OBJECTIVES: Participants will be able to:

1.  Describe GAS theory and methodology and its application

     to outcome measurement in sensory integration.

2.  Describe the psychometric properties of GAS and its

     strengths and weaknesses related to its application as an
     outcome in sensory integration intervention.

3.   Demonstrate the ability to write appropriate, reliable, and
      functional GAS outcome goals.

4.   Implement GAS methodology as a functional outcome for
      sensory integration-based treatment.


 SCHEDULE:*  (6.5 contact hours)


8:00    Registration
8:30    Introduction to GAS  - History of development of   GAS  - GAS Model
10:00  BREAK
10:15  Characteristics of GAS Objectives - Identifying issues to be measured  - Understanding 
             the  ICF  - Common problems in scaling Goals
12:00  LUNCH on your own
1:00    Examples of Goals  - Peer review of technical     qualities of goals  - Practice writing goals
             from cases
2:45  BREAK
3:00  Conducting initial interviews  - Conducting follow-  up interviews and measuring progress
4:30  Adjourn

* Topic times may vary; contact hours do not.



Registration             Early Bird by 1-23-12      After 1-23-12


Fidelity (1 1/2 days)*                    $275.00                               $325.00
GAS (1 day)                                         $200.00                              $250.00

Both (2 1/2 days)                              $450.00                               $550.00
*Fidelity course registration includes $50.00 fee for fidelity scoring and certificate of fidelity reliability.
Note:  Cancellation policy - Tuition, minus a $30.00 administrative fee, will be refunded if written cancellation is received no later than February 1, 2012.  No refunds after this date.
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Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L - Dr. May-Benson is the Director of Research and Education of the Spiral Foundation at OTA-Watertown as well as a practicing occupational therapist.  She is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention.  She has authored a number of book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory    integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis.  Dr. May-Benson has a diverse background as a clinical practitioner having worked in private and public school settings as well as private practice.  She is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the non-profit Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center.  She has collaborated with well-known researchers such as Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Shelly Lane and Dr. Roseann Schaaf.  In her role of educator, she serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Indianapolis.  She has a special interest in, and extensive experience with autism, particularly older students and adults.  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 and the Catherine Trombley award from the Massachusetts Occupational Therapy Association for her work in ideational praxis.

Jane A. Koomar, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA - Dr. Koomar is the owner and co-founder of OTA-Watertown and the President of the Board of the Spiral Foundation.  She completed her PhD in developmental psychology at Boston University where she was also an assistant professor in occupational therapy. In 1984 she studied with Dr. Jean Ayres, who developed the theory of sensory integration. Dr. Koomar has served as the chairperson of the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section and is currently a member of the Mental Health Special Interest Section, both part of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is the author of several book chapters on sensory integration dysfunction and intervention and has taught numerous courses on these topics.

Sarah Sawyer, MA, OTR/L - Ms. Sawyer is the Clinical Director at OTA-Watertown, and is responsible for overseeing all therapeutic activities. She has extensive clinical experience working with children and families. Ms. Sawyer began her career in the United Kingdom working with children, adolescents and adults with Sensory Processing Dysfunction (SPD) across home, school and clinic-based settings. In 2003 Ms. Sawyer was awarded the Elizabeth Casson Trust Scholarship from Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK, to attend Tufts University to complete her post-professional masters. Her thesis focused on therapists' clinical reasoning. Ms. Sawyer has broad experience evaluating and treating individuals with SPD and has specialized training in Listening Therapies, Trauma and Visual Vestibular difficulties. She has a particular interest in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and has specialized training in DIR® Floortime Approach. As well as overseeing the day-to-day running of the clinic, Ms. Sawyer regularly trains and presents to educational facilities and other professionals broadening understanding of Sensory Processing Dysfunction and Sensory Integration Therapy.