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Sensory Intervention: Does It Have a Biological Evidence Base?

Course #: 014-1459

Price: $20.25

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OT Mastery is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Course approval ID#08953. This Distance Learning-Independent activity is offered at 0.225 CEUs, Difficult, Foundational knowledge: Human body, Development and Behavior. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Please Note: This course has varying hours depending on the type of credit you need. See Below.

  • Florida Board Of Occupational Therapy: 2.00 Hours
  • North Dakota State Board of Occupational Practice: 2.00 Hours
  • All Other Organizations: 2.25 Hours
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CEU Course Description

Many professionals outside of the occupational therapy world are deterred when they hear the words ‘sensory processing.’ Yet, the reality is that sensory processing has a major impact on the work occupational therapists do. Regardless of whether or not a therapist uses sensory integration techniques and modalities with a patient, the inner workings of the sensory system will influence a person’s motivation, performance, affect, and engagement. In some cases, it’s important for an occupational therapist to address a patient’s sensory factors. Depending on the patient, this may involve providing education as to how sensory factors can be managed independently or implementing sensory interventions during sessions. Each individual has a unique sensory system that can bring a range of variables into the plan of care. Such nuances can make it difficult for therapists to research efficacious sensory interventions and implement them in a way that’s best for the patient. For this reason, it’s essential that occupational therapists are aware of how to find, appraise, and implement reliable and evidence-based sensory interventions. This course will take a look at concrete biological measures and peer-reviewed studies that detail if and how sensory intervention can change a person’s neurological function.

CEU Course Objectives

  1. Identify the relationship between certain biomarkers (such as alpha-amylase, cortisol, heart rate variability, and blood pressure) and evidence-based outcomes.
  2. Compare the efficacy of research studies as they pertain to various types of sensory interventions, including those that are traditional and those that are complementary.
  3. Summarize how the available evidence regarding sensory interventions impacts occupational therapy treatment.
CEU Course Outline
  1. Introduction
  2. Section 1: Overview of Sensory Functions
  3. Section 1: Personal Reflection
  4. Section 1: Key Words
  5. Section 2: Biological Markers Related to The Sensory Systems
  6. Section 2: Personal Reflection
  7. Section 2: Key Words
  8. Section 3: Applying Sensory Integration Research to Practice
  9. Section 3: Personal Reflection
  10. Section 4: Case Study #1
  11. Section 5: Case Study #1 Review
  12. Section 6: Case Study #2
  13. Section 7: Case Study #2 Review
  14. References
Author: Brittany Ferri, OTRL, PhD, CPRP

Educational Level: Difficult

Course Category: Foundational knowledge: Human body, Development and Behavior

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants

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Course Date: 2023-12-01

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