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


Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

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Course level: Introductory

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Physical Therapists, PT Assistants, Psychologists, Parents, Teachers.

Domain: Client Factors
Process: Assessment

Contact hours: This course is worth total of 1.0 contact hours, or .1 AOTA CEUs.

Course Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the LiveTalk either live or as a recording, and complete the accompanying assessment.

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.

2017 LiveTalk Series:
Sensory Integration and Evidence-Based Practice

January 30: Applying Evidence-Based Practice to Ayres Sensory Integration

February 27: Applying Evidence-Based Practice to Sensory-Based Interventions

April 25 (new date): Evidence-Based Practice and Mental Health Concerns in Sensory Integration

May 22: Evidence-Based Practice and Understanding Praxis

July 24: Sensory Integration and Play in Evidence-Based Practice

September 25: Applying Evidence-Based Practice to Sensory Integration and Adults

October 30: Examination of the Evidence of Application of Sensory Integration to Diverse Populations

November 28: The Evidence for Gravitational Insecurity as a Sensory Integration Dysfunction

** dates subject to change **


Part of the 2017 'Sensory Integration and Evidence-Based Practice'
LiveTalk Series:

The Evidence for Gravitational Insecurity as a Sensory Integration Dysfunction

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


Tuesday, November 28, 2017
7:00pm - 8:00pm EST

This year’s 2017 LiveTalk Series will take on a new look as we offer a new evening lecture format. For this year, instead of our usual discussion format, we will offer an hour lecture on review of the literature on a given topic related to sensory integration and evidence-based practice. Our goal this year is to update you on the latest research in specific areas of practice related to sensory integration and to facilitate translation of this research to evidence-based clinical practice. EBP involves assessment and integration of many types of research evidence and this series will present research from all areas of EBP practice. We hope that you will join us for this exciting new series.


Gravitational insecurity is a type of sensory integration dysfunction that is characterized by a fear response to common movement experiences. However, this is a vestibular dysfunction that is only reported by occupational therapists. This lecture will present evidence from a recently completed scoping review on gravitational insecurity and related vestibular processing disorders. This lecture will present information on the state of the evidence for gravitational insecurity as a sensory integration disorder as well as literature supporting assessment of this problem. Literature from diverse fields of practice will be discussed which supports this problem. Implications for practice will be presented.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this LiveTalk the participant will be able to:

  1. State how gravitational insecurity relates to other sensory-motor and social-emotional functions.
  2. State 3 studies from outside the field of occupational therapy which support the construct of gravitational insecurity.
  3. Identify 3 clinical observations which may be used to identify gravitational insecurity.
    2. About the Speaker: 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, has authored book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. 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 for her work in ideational praxis.

    Subscriptions for the 2017 'Sensory Integration and Evidence-Based Practice' LiveTalk Series are open!
    Subscribe now and receive all 8 of this year's LiveTalks for one low price! 

    Join Us!

    November LiveTalk: $25
    2017 Series: $150

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    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.