Rachael Benson, Administrative Assistant
The Spiral Foundation
74 Bridge St. 

Newton, MA  02458
(617) 969 - 4410 ext. 231 


Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18, 2017

Hours: Varies by day but generally 8:30am EST start and 4:30-5:00pm EST end.  Half day on last day. Please do not plan to depart before 2:30pm on the last day.

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The Spiral Foundation
74 Bridge Street
Newton, MA 02458

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Continuing Education

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants

Domain: Performance Skills, Occupational Therapy
Process: Intervention

Level: Advanced 

Prerequisites: None

Contact hours: 30 hours (3.0 CEUs)
Please note: CEUs will be calculated depending on the hours of attendance and the completion of the course evaluation.

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

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.

Crowne Plaza Boston - Newton
320 Washington Street
Newton, MA 
877 270 1393

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

About the Instructor
Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA -  Dr. May-Benson is the Executive Director the Spiral Foundation at OTA-Koomar Center 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.

Refining Praxis Intervention for Children with SPD: Intensive Mentorship Program

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

Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18, 2017

This unique five-day mentorship intensive is limited to ten therapists who wish to develop further expertise in sensory integration-based praxis intervention. An advanced course, this intensive focuses on hands-on experience with specialized therapy equipment to assist therapists in understanding the clinical reasoning behind interventions for praxis deficits and how to implement those interventions effectively. Therapists work in pairs, working with the same children three times throughout the week under the supervision of an experienced occupational therapist. After each session ample time is given for in-depth discussion, analysis of interventions, and feedback from our experience clinicians. Daily lecture/discussion sessions are guided by participant requests, as well as covering topics such as developing the therapeutic relationship, facilitation of adaptive responses, assessment of praxis, and intervention for ideational problems. Instructional methods includ lecture, small group discussion, and hands-on activities.

Completion of both a sensory integration theory (e.g. Essentials of Sensory Integration Theory ; WPS Course 1) and a sensory integration intervention course (e.g. Essentials of Sensory Integration Intervention ; WPS Course 4) is highly recommended. It is also recommended that applicants have read Sensory Integration Theory and Practice and Understanding the Nature of Sensory Integration with Diverse Populations. Participants must have their own professional liability insurance.

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

  1. Plan and implement intervention for praxis deficits under the mentorship of an experienced therapist.
  2. Administer clinical observations of sensory integration and praxis and complete a clinical assessment to assess children for sensory integration problems and praxis problems.
  3. Use suspended equipment for sensory integration intervention safely and appropriately to maximize children's adaptive responses.
  4. Develop a therapeutic relationship with children with praxis problems to maximize the child's sensory integration intervention.

Tentative Course Schedule: Days One and Two
 Subject to change depending on the availability of clinic space and the needs of participants.

Monday, August 14

8:30 - 9:00       Registration

9:00 - 9:30       Introductions

9:30 - 10:00     Course and Clinic Set-Up

10:00 - 11:00   Lecture - Overview of SI and Praxis Concepts Related to Intervention

11:00 - 12:00   Lab - Set Up and Analysis of SI Equipment

 12:00 - 12:30    Lunch

12:30 - 1:15      Instruction on Completing Clinical Observations and Analysis

1:15 - 3:15         Lecture & Lab - Clinical Assessment of Sensory Integration and Praxis

 4:15 - 4:30        Chart Review of Children

 4:30 - 5:00        Clinic exploration/treatment observation/intervention planning for Tuesday

 Tuesday, August 15

8:00 – 9:00  Plan and set-up for Child #1

9:00 – 10:00  Therapy session Child # 1

10:00 – 11:00 Process therapy sessions and complete Treatment Observation Questions (sensory modulation and sensory discrimination sections); Write therapy notes

11:00 – 11:30  Lunch

11:30 – 12:00  Plan and Set-up for Child #2

12:00 – 1:00  Therapy session - Child #2

1:00 – 2:00  Process therapy session and complete Treatment Observation Questions (sensory modulation and womb space, discrimination and adaptive response); Write therapy notes

2:00 – 3:00  Lecture – Clinical Reasoning: The Art and Science of Therapy

3:00 – 4:00  Lecture - Understanding environments for clinical intervention

Tuition:  $1500 
($750 initial application fee is due on registration, along with a resume and acceptance to course to hold your space; final payment of $750 is due two weeks prior to course)

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 NOTE:  Cancellation Fees - The $750 initial fee will be refunded if you are not accepted into the course.  Cancellations happening 2 weeks prior to the start day will incur a $75 processing fee.  Cancellations occuring within 2 weeks of the course start day will incur a $150 cancellation fee.