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


Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7:00pm - 8:30pm EST


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

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Course level: Introductory

Prerequisites: None.

Target Audience: 

Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants and students, speech and language therapists, teachers, teacher's aides, and other educators, and parents.


Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

Contact hours: This course is worth a total of 1.5 contact hours, or .15 AOTA CEUs.

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

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.

Save the Date for These Upcoming Courses!

Next One Day Courses

October 24: From Building Blocks to Motion: Facilitating the Development of Motor Skills and Praxis
Presented by:
Teresa May-Benson,

October 25: Movement and Vision Working Together: Facilitating Visual-Vestibular Integration in Praxis Intervention
Presented by:
Teresa May-Benson,

 Next Two Day Course

November 14 - November 15: Clinical Assessment and Practical Intervention for Praxis: From Ideation to Execution
Presented by:

Teresa May-Benson,

Next LiveTalks

September 28: Managing Anxiety and Panic Disorders in Adolescents and Adults with Sensory Processing Disorder
Sharon Heller, PhD

October 26: Sensory Integration and Trauma-Informed Treatment for Children and their Caregivers: A Systemic Approach
Silke Plesch, MA, LMHC

November 30: Implementing Sensory  Modulation Strategies in Mental Health Settings
Tina Champagne, OTD, OTR/L



An Evening Lecture for
Parents and Professionals:

Promoting Play Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Presented by:
Adan Cooney, MS, CCC-SLP and
Emily Lesher, MS, CCC-SLP

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
7:00pm - 8:30pm EST

Originally presented as a webinar by Sarah Friel, MA, CCC-SLP, this lecture has been adapted by Adan Cooney and Emily Lesher for parents and nonprofessionals. In this lecture participants will learn typical developmental patterns of play and types of playful interactions. Participants will also gain an understanding of factors that influence children with ASD engaging in play, including: sensory preferences, learning styles, type and level of child’s communication ability, adult’s interaction style, and the structure of the physical environment. This is a live presentation and will not be recorded or streamed.

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

  1. Identify major stages of play development in typically developing children and children with ASD.
  2. Recognize factors that influence children with ASD engaging in interactive play.
  3. Implement appropriate strategies to engage children with ASD in play.

About the Speakers:
Adan Cooney is a certified Speech Language Pathologist. She has worked with both children and adults in school based, clinic-based and medical settings. Her particular areas of interest include developmental speech and language disorders, motor speech disorders, social skills/pragmatics, and working with children on the Autism Spectrum.
Emily Lesher is a certified Speech Language Pathologist, receiving her Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Ithaca College.  She has experience working with children in school-based, clinic-based, and early intervention settings with a broad range of diagnoses and abilities.  She has clinical training in Social Thinking ® and in the Hanen © Program: It Takes Two to Talk.  

Cost: $25.00

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.

The Adult/Adolescent Sensory History is available now!

The culmination of years of research and work, the Adult/Adolescent Sensory History, is designed as a self-report assessment of sensory and motor behaviors commonly observed in individuals with difficulties processing and integrating sensory information. The purpose of this assessment is to help identify adults and adolescents ages 13 to 95 who experience problems in sensory processing and integration as well as assist therapists in clinical reasoning when creating interventions for these individuals. Based on the conceptual model of sensory processing and sensory integration proposed by A. Jean Ayres, this measure is designed to identify difficulties in five key areas of functioning: Sensory Discrimination, Sensory Modulation, Postural-Ocular Skills, Praxis, and Social-Emotional Functioning.

Visit to learn more and order your copy today!