Understanding Sensory Processing

Author: Mona Pruett
Description:

The purpose of this www. workshop is to address these common questions and provide you with an understanding of why swinging, rocking and playing in sand can actually help a student with autism learn and attend to activities better. Sure, these activities are fun and enjoyable for most children but children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) might not find these activities as pleasurable as their peers; while other children with an ASD might find these activities so pleasurable that they cannot attend to any other activities. This www. workshop contains 3 smaller webshops each addressing an area of sensory processing. The first webshop “The Sensational World We Live In” will deal with understanding the 7 basic senses and the role that each sense plays in learning. It is meant to be a review and introduction to the basic senses. The second webshop “From Seeing to Knowing” will address how sensory processing takes place and what happens when there is a breakdown in this process. Finally, the third webshop “Sensory Strategies in the Everyday World” will discuss common strategies used with students with ASD. These strategies will include discussion about common accommodations and modifications and how to develop a sensory diet that works.

Webshops:
  1. The purpose of this introductory webshop is to explore the seven senses and get an understanding of normal and atypical sensory responses. We will discuss sensory seeking behaviors as well as sensory avoiding behaviors

  2. This webshop will discuss the stages of sensory processing and how adequate sensory processing has an impact on learning and what happens when there is a breakdown in sensory processing.

  3. This final webshop “Sensory Strategies in the Everyday World” will discuss common sensory strategies used with students with ASD. These stategies will include discussion about common accomodations and modifications and how to develop a sensory diet that works.

Tag(s): Autism Spectrum Disorder Sensory/Motor