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

Thursday, April 13, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

Anywhere! This is an online event. 


Continuing Education 


Occupational therapists, OT assistants, speech and language pathologists.




Domain: Contexts
Process: Intervention

Completion Requirements:
To receive contact hours for this course you must attend this course live or view it as a recording and successfully complete the course exam.

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

You will be able to download a copy of the webinar for your own use after the course is completed.

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.


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!

New In the Spiral Foundation
2017 Webinar Series:

Neurobiological Connections of Trauma and Sensory Integration

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017
12:00pm - 1:30pm EST

Webinars are online presentations geared towards professionals. Participants who call in live have the opportunity to participate in a question/answer session with the speaker. All registrants, regardless of live attendance, receive a download of the recorded webinar following the presentation.

Recent advances in neuroscience and brain imaging have increased our understanding of how the body and mind process and store traumatic experiences. Those working in the area of sensory integration recognize that many of these processes coincide with those associated with sensory integration theory and practice. Clinicians working with children with trauma recognize the sensory processing difficulties demonstrated by many of these individuals. This webinar will present information on current neuroscience perspectives of trauma and discuss how those relate to and interface with sensory integration theory. Implications for intervention based on these findings will also be presented.

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

  1. Identify key literature articulating a neuroscience theoretical perspective of trauma.
  2. Describe 3 associations between trauma-based neuroscience findings and sensory integration theory.
  3. Describe 3 ways that understanding trauma-based neuroscience may influence intervention for sensory integration-based problems.
Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation, is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration.  She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on praxis, ideation, and sensory integration and is a co-collaborator on development of the SAFE PLACE Program.  She has extensive experience with children and adults with autism and a diverse clinical background having worked in private and public school settings as well as private practice.  She is past Chairperson of the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association.  She is the recipient of the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTF, The Alice S. Bachman Award from Pediatric Therapy Network, and the Catherine Trombly Award from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy. Most recently, Dr. May-Benson presented at the MEDA Conference in Newton, Massachusetts; her presentation focused on occupational therapy assessment and treatment that takes into consideration the sensory, motor and psychosocial components related to individuals with ARFID.  

Join Us!

Cost: $65

Register Now!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.