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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)

***The end date for this CE Article has been extended to September 30, 2015.***

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.

Learning Objectives
After reading this article, you should be able to:

  1. Identify four areas of assessment important for comprehensively evaluating adults with SPDs.
  2. Identify the two major areas of intervention for adults with SPDs.
  3. List the subcomponents of each area of intervention for adults with SPDs.
  4. 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

Reference Information:
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

Additional Details:

SKU: CEA0912
Product Type: Download
Year Published: 2012

  • AOTA Continuing Education
  • Practitioner
  • Continuing Education
  • Mental Health
  • Continuing Education
  • Mental Health
  • Sensory Processing Disorders