CE Article: Complementary Sensory-Based Interventions in Occupational Therapy Using a Sensory Integration Approach
Judith Giencke Kimball, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
Complementary sensory-based programs are used by many occupational therapy practitioners during what they would call occupational therapy using a sensory integration frame of reference (OT-SI). This article will examine the clinical reasoning, use, and application of two commonly used complementary sensory-based interventions in OT-SI. It will present each intervention’s format, theoretical foundation, relation to a sensory integration frame of reference, related research evidence, and clinical rationale.
- Identify considerations for incorporating a complementary sensory-based program into OT-SI interventions. List the core components of schoolwide PBIS.
- Recognize two sensory-based intervention programs commonly used with children with sensory integration and sensory processing difficulties.
- Differentiate strengths, limitations, and needs for research evidence for each program discussed.
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants
Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT: Client Factors, Performance Skills; Category 2: OT Process: Evaluation, Intervention.
Reference Information: Kimball, J., May-Benson, T., (2013). Complementary Sensory-Based Interventions in Occupational Therapy Using a Sensory Integration Approach. OT Practice, 18(12), CE-1–CE-8.