Workshop: Sensory Processing in Everyday Life: Concepts, Evidence and Practical Solutions

istock_000007087407_largeIn this two-day evidence-informed workshop presented by Dr. Winifred (Winnie) Dunn, participants will explore assessment, intervention approaches and current evidence about sensory processing. During the first day, participants will explore the newly released Sensory Profile 2, including the standardization, validity and reliability evidence, and have the opportunity to examine what has changed and what remains the same to provide evidence for sound decision making. During the second day, participants will explore the current interdisciplinary evidence about sensory processing and how to apply that evidence in practice. The focus will be on the contribution that sensory processing knowledge makes to understanding children’s behaviors, and how to transmit that knowledge to families and school personnel. Evidence that supports effective practices, and how to design programs based on this evidence will also be explored. Participants will have the opportunity to practice documentation, coaching, Universal design for learning (UDL) and strengths-based approaches with case studies throughout the workshop.

Goals and Learning Objectives

  1. Be familiar with the new and sustaining characteristics of the Sensory Profile 2.
  2. Employ evidence about applying sensory processing knowledge in practice.
  3. Be prepared to implement at least 3 evidence-based approaches in their practice.
  4. Explore use of coaching practices to build capacity of teachers and schools.

Target Audience

Occupational therapists and students in occupational therapy programs who wish to increase their knowledge and skills in evidence-based sensory processing assessment and intervention approaches

Dates and Registration

October 21-22, 2016 in Calgary, Alberta

October 24-25, 2016 in Winnipeg, Manitoba

If you would like to attend this workshop in another location, please complete this brief survey to let us know. Please note that the registration fee may vary from one location to another as there are different costs involved.


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Update: USC/WPS Sensory Integration Certification Program

The University of Southern California (USC) and the Western Psychological Services (WPS) have decided to bring their Sensory Integration Certification Program to a close.

Please go to their website for full details as to the future of training, certification, advanced sensory integration courses and Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT).

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CO-OP: What you need to know!

Register by Friday, August 21st for early bird rates

Strategies for Success: Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) – October 2-3 and December 4, 2015 in Moncton, New Brunswick

Equip yourself with the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach, an evidence-informed intervention approach which has been validated with children with developmental coordination disorder, adults with stroke, adults and children with brain injuries, children with high functioning autism spectrum disorder and Asperger’s syndrome, as well as children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

You will have the opportunity to learn how to complete a dynamic performance analysis and how to implement the CO-OP approach. On Day 3, you will discuss your experience with implementing the approach in your practice and address challenges.

Faces of girl's soccerThis workshop is ideal for health professionals who work in rehabilitation or community settings and who wish to help their clients attain their personalized goals.

CAOT Members: $595 – With CO-OP publication: $625 (early bird) Plus applicable taxes

Click here for more information and to register.

This workshop is part of a 3-city tour. You can also join us in Kelowna, British Columbia on May 27-28 and August 26, 2016 or in Kingston, Ontario on June 24-25 and October 28, 2016.

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Feds invest $2 million into Autism Spectrum Disorder working group

The federal government’s plan to create a Canadian Autism Partnership will see $2 million invested in an 11-member working group tasked with consulting residents across the country.

The Autism Spectrum Disorder working group will consist of a broad range of stakeholders from across Canada. Key autism organizations, front line service providers, health care professionals dedicated to providing care and treatment and top autism researchers make up this newly formed committee.

“Canadians can expect the working group to consult broadly and engage stakeholders, including those affected by ASD, and to report back on how Canadians of all ages living with ASD can be supported to reach their full potential,” said Cynthia Carroll, Chair of the Canadian Autism Spectrum Disorder Alliance and member of the working group.

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My Son With Autism Got a Party Invite We Could Finally Accept

C’mon, y’all know these don’t often go together as much as we want them to.

Autism and birthday parties — kinda like nuts and gum. We parents of the “specials” know only too well the hurts our kids feel when they are left out of the social gatherings relative to childhood.

Organized sports, play dates, sleep overs and yes, the dreaded birthday parties.

I can say whole-heartedly that my son has not attended a single one. We have received countless invitations in the few years Timothy…

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Citizenship ceremony ‘breathtaking’

When I walked into the ceremony, I didn’t know it was going to be so, not only breathtaking but it’s like rejuvenating,” Al Baghdadi said.

He felt very overwhelmed with emotions now that his entire family is Canadian.

“My mom kept talking about how to be a patriot for your land. She was serious about it,” Al Baghdadi said.

His six-year-old daughter Danya was only 30 days old when the family arrived in Kingston, travelling from Bagdad, Iraq, in 2007.

Yasir, one of Al Baghdadi’s six-year-old sons, was on hand at the ceremony to cheer them all on, with Yasir’s twin brother Amar at home waiting for the celebrations to start.

Amar was diagnosed with autism at 18 months of age, and Al Baghdadi is very thankful that his twins were born in Canada.

“Amar wouldn’t be able to get such services anywhere else,” Al Baghdadi said. “He is now managing beyond the expectations of all of people involved in his teaching. At first, we lost hope and then the unmatched and huge amount of help we received was amazing. We felt so blessed.”

He said that agencies such as Pathways to Education and Autism Ontario were a godsend, and he doesn’t believe his son would have received that kind of support back in Iraq.

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Global News – Teenagers within the autism spectrum teaching production skills

MONTREAL — It’s not rare to see teachers inspiring their students to become teachers themselves.

For Spectrum Productions‘ former students, following in their teachers’ footsteps has a deeper meaning.

“It’s really cool,” said Anthony Campoli, a student turned teacher after attending several of Spectrum Productions’ film-making summer camps.

“Now I’m producing, helping people with different projects as far as scripting and editing goes.”

Campoli is now an employee of the summer camp, which caters exclusively to kids and teens within the autism spectrum, helping them produce, act and edit their own films.

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