CE Article-An Approach to Assessment of and Intervention for Adults With Sensory Processing Disorders
Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Moya Kinnealey, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
Occupational therapists using a sensory integrative frame of reference routinely assess and treat children with sensory processing disorders (SPDs). However, similar services for adults with SPDs are less available, perhaps in part because therapists feel unqualified or unprepared to work with this population. This article presents a conceptual framework for guiding occupational therapists in assessing, intervening with, and setting priorities for adults with an SPD, whether the focus is on specific body function difficulties, activities of daily living, or full participation in daily life.
After reading this article, you should be able to:
- Identify four areas of assessment important for comprehensively evaluating adults with SPDs.
- Identify the two major areas of intervention for adults with SPDs.
- List the subcomponents of each area of intervention for adults with SPDs.
- Recognize four coping strategies used by adults with SPDs.
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target audience: Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistant
Content: Category 1: Domain of Occupational Therapy: Areas of Occupation, Performance Skills; Category 2: Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention
May-Benson, T., Kinnealey, M., (2012). An Approach to Assessment of and Intervention for Adults With Sensory Processing Disorders. OT Practice, 17(9), CE-1–CE-8