CE Article: Neurodevelopmental Soft Signs: Implications for Sensory Processing and Praxis Assessment—Part Two
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SKU: CEA1019

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2019

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Non-Member Price: $34.95

Product Overview

Susan Stallings-Sahler, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA


Department of Occupational Therapy, University of St. Augustine

St. Augustine, FL


Gustavo Reinoso, PhD, OTR/L

Associate Professor

Department of Occupational Therapy, Nova Southeastern University

Tampa, FL


Stacy Frauwirth, MS, OTR/L

Senior Assessment Project Manager

Academic Therapy Publications

Novato, California


Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)


Occupational therapy pediatric clients with sensory integration and processing dysfunction often have co-occurring neurodevelopmental conditions, such as autism spectrum, attention deficit hyperactivity, learning, and motor planning/coordination disorders. The research evidence indicates that unique patterns of neurological/neurodevelopmental soft signs (NSS) occur frequently in these populations, and correlated central nervous system structures and processes are increasingly being identified through advances in neuroimaging and other technologies. Integrating clinical observations of NSS and advanced brain-based research expands our understanding of the sensorimotor scaffolding that leads to higher functions of behavior organization, communication, and cognition. This knowledge has the potential to enhance significantly our theory, evaluation, interpretation, and intervention strategies for children with sensory processing and integration challenges that ultimately affect occupation and participation.


Learning Objectives

1.  Understand the role of NSS in occupational therapy clinical practice

2.  Describe how the presence of NSS relates to sensory processing and integration

3.  Identify areas of overlap between NSS and clinical observations in sensory integration

4.  Discuss the interpretations of different NSS in the context of sensory integration theory


Learning Level: Intermediate to Advanced


Target Audience: Occupational Therapy Practitioners


Content Focus: Domain: Client Factors; OT Process: Occupational Therapy Evaluation and Interventions


Reference Information:

Stallings-Sahler, Susan, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Reinoso, Gustavo, PhD, OTR/L

Frauwirth, Stacy, MS, OTR/L


(CEA October 2019) Neurodevelopmental Soft Signs: Implications for Sensory Processing and Praxis Assessment—Part Two