Is it Sensory? Or is it Behavior? Assessment and Intervention Tools for OTs, PTs, and SLPs

Course Description:

This workshop will focus on the underlying causes of challenging behavior that impact performance and functional outcomes. Clinicians will learn how to differentiate between the sensory processing problems and the behavioral/emotional problems in order to develop an integrated approach to intervention. We will specifically address visual and vestibular processing disorders that impact social skills and school performance as the key to designing effective, integrated treatment for improved sensory processing, motor skills and behavior. This course will create a paradigm shift and give participants a "new lens" with which they can assess clients. Participants will learn to assess the subtle motor and sensory deficits that may be contributing to attention, learning, motor, and behavioral challenges, and most importantly, will learn concrete contextual strategies as well as treatment techniques to apply immediately. Collaborative and consultative approaches will be highlighted to promote function, participation, and engagement. Patient Population: Autism, PDD, Developmental Delays, Sensory Processing Disorders, and ADHD Infancy through Adult.

Participants will be able to apply course learning immediately to:

  • Analyze the role of sensory processing in the development of attention, social skills, and visual perception.
  • Identify subtle signs of visual-vestibular and other sensory-motor dysfunction.
  • Apply integrated assessment techniques and how to develop measurable goals.
  • Identify red flags that warrant referral to a behavioral vision specialist.
  • Develop effective treatment protocols for the clinic and school.
  • Implement strategies for sharing information with parents and teachers for optimal outcomes.

Debra's Online Courses:

Practical Tools to Address Sensory vs. Behavioral Issues & Behavioral vs. Sensory Issues

The Neurodevelopmental Classroom

What participants say:

"Ms. Dickson did an awesome job of clarifying so many things we see in our children and giving us a clearer understanding of why. After this course, I really feel inspired to implement many of the ideas and strategies into my school programs as well as my home routines. I would definitely recommend this course to other professionals and parents." Andrea Calabro, Physical Therapist

"Debra's course was well organized, packed with valuable information for assessment, goal setting, and treatment. She has tapped into one of the missing links. I highly recommend this course."  Debbie Wilkinson, Physical Therapist

"I came into the conference with an overall understanding of the topic, but Debra helped to expound on that information with specific details on screening, planning, and treating. Great job!"  Tony Rubilino, OTR

"This course was wonderful! It was very well presented and informative. Can't wait to share all this new info. I see things in a different light. Thanks so much."  Melissa Evan, OTR

"Best course I've taken in a while! Lots of understandable, practical, and hopefully transferable material to bring back to a school-based setting." J. Bokara, OT


Debra Dickson

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Session 1 June 7-8, 2019
Naperville/Aurora, IL (Map)

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Session 2 September 26-27, 2019
Winter Park, FL (Map)

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Session 3 December 6-7, 2019
Tucson, AZ (Map)

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