All behavior has a function. When we look through the sensory processing lens, we find many children struggle with effective processing of information around them. Optimal function of our bodies occurs when our sensory and motor systems are strong and able to adapt to the demands of the environment. Today’s children often struggle with fidgeting, decreased attention, and immature motor patterns which manifest themselves through frustration, decreased functional skills, and behavior issues. When our body’s systems are not integrated to form a strong foundation, difficulties in many areas occur. This session provides education about using movement and sensory integrative techniques to improve overall function with practical tips you can use immediately in your work with children.
At the end of this workshop,
- Participants will be able to describe how sensory processing disorder and the eight sensory systems affect everyday life at both school and home.
- Participants will realize that behavior and anxiety are forms of communication when a child is dysregulated.
- Participants will identify fun and functional sensory-motor experiences to build new sensory pathways and improve comfort in daily living.
About the Speaker: Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L
Cara Koscinski, MOT, OTR/L, author of The Pocket Occupational Therapist Book Series, is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 20 years experience. She specializes in Sensory Processing Disorder, trauma-informed care, behavior, YOGA, and autism. As a speaker, Cara brings her expertise as a pediatric occupational therapist and mother of two children with autism to parents and professionals. She has published six books which are sold globally and translated into many languages. Ms. Koscinski has her Master of Occupational Therapy degree and is currently attending school for her doctorate. She is the OT advisor for Autism, Asperger’s Digest Magazine and Asperkids.