Friday, March 7, 2014 at at 8:30 AM EST to 4:30 PM EST  


Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 9:00 AM EST to 4:30 PM EST  

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Newton, MA 02458


Level: Introductory to Intermediate
Participants:   OT/ OTA, PT/PTA, Speech and language pathologists, and psychologists.

Contact hours: 12 (1.2 CEUs)

Please note:  
CEUs will be calculated depending on the hours of attendance and the completion of the course evaluation.
Domain of OT: Sensory; 
 Process: Assessment

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.  


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

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


Cameron Ford, Administrative Assistant 
Spiral Foundation 
617-969-4410 ext 231 

Cancellation Policy:  No refunds.  Tuition will be applied to another Spiral Foundation educational event if the course is cancelled by Spiral.   For questions, contact Cameron Ford at courses@thespiralfoundation.org or  617-969-4410 ext 231.


This course is the second in our ALL NEW! 2014 live course series, "The Sensory Integration Essentials Program!"

Looking for a better understanding of sensory integration? This program provides professionals with a thorough overview of this rapidly growing field of occupational therapy. Build your base in SI with three great live courses presented by Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA, Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation. Then take everything you've learned and put it into practice with Spiral's signature intensives.

Take a look at our complete program schedule and learn about everything we have to offer!

March 7-8: Essentials of SI Assessment (live course)

April 14-18: SI Assessment Intensive 

May 16-17: Essentials of SI Intervention (live course)

Aug 11-15: SI Treatment Intensive

Space is limited, so be sure to REGISTER NOW!

Interested in the intensives? Watch for registration for these intensive experiences. Individual intensives $1500 each. Register for both for just $2500 (a savings of $500)! Contact Cameron Ford at courses@thespiralfoundation.com to take advantage of this special offer!


NEW!  Spiral Course:

Essentials of Sensory

Integration Assessment

Presented by:

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

Fri-Sat, March 7-8, 2014


Course Description: This course will provide participants with a solid foundation for clinical assessment of sensory integration difficulties in children. Principles and clinical reasoning strategies for assessment of sensory integration problems will be addressed. This course will discuss how to identify patterns of sensory integration dysfunction as described by A Jean Ayres, using a variety of assessments and clinical observations which will be applicable to a wide range of client ages and practice settings. Participants will learn how to administer an observation based clinical assessment of sensory modulation and discrimination and how to interpret assessment findings in the context of sensory integration assessment.  The course format, a combination of lecture, videotapes, case studies and small group discussion allows for opportunities to address participants’ questions and concerns.

Dr. 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.  

Learning Objectives   At the end of the course the participant will be able to:

1.  Articulate patterns of sensory integration dysfunction.

2. Describe the key assessment tools and observations essential for identifying sensory modulation, sensory discrimination and praxis problems.

3.  Administer and interpret an observation-based clinical assessment of sensory modulation and discrimination.

4.   Relate assessment findings to function and intervention planning.


Day 1: Course Schedule:

8:30 -   9:00      Registration

9:00 – 10:30     Introduction to Sensory Integration Assessment
                         Patterns of Sensory Integration Dysfunction

10:30 – 10:45   Break

10:45 - 12:00    Ayres Clinical Observations
                         Assessment Tools for Sensory Integration

12:00 - 1:00      Lunch

1:00 - 2:30     Clinical Assessment of Sensory Modulation Functioning 
                                        - Sensory Modulation Case Study

2:30 – 2:45    Break

 2:45 – 4:30    Clinical Assessment of Sensory Discrimination Functioning 
                                         - Sensory Discrimination Case Study


Day 2: Course Schedule:

9:00 – 10:30  Assessment of Foundational Mechanisms – Posture, Ocular
                                        - Foundations Case Study

10:30 – 10:45  Break

10:15 - 12:00  Assessment of Praxis Skills
                                    - Praxis Case Study

12:00 - 1:00     Lunch

1:00 - 2:30    Interpretation and Analysis of Assessment Findings

2:45 – 3:00    Break

3:00 – 4:30    Reporting Findings, Setting Goals for Intervention

** Topic times may vary but topics will not. 



 Early Bird (by March 1): $325
Regular: $365