Differentiating Sensory from Behavior

September 7, 2019

It is estimated that up to 15% of children are labeled with emotional and behavior disorders, exhibiting problem behaviors that interfere with learning, relationships, and participation in daily activities. Many of these children have received multiple diagnoses such as autism, ADHD, ODD and sensory issues. Some of these children are simply labeled as “bad” and left to fall through the cracks. Research shows that systemic use of outdated approaches to controlling behaviors are not addressing the needs, while new research is emerging that supports methods teaching skills, fostering self-regulation and building social-emotional intelligence as ways to significantly reduce the impact of challenging behaviors.

This one day, dynamic workshop will examine current trends and perspectives on behavior and ask you to examine your own beliefs that influence how you manage behavior in the children you work with, educate, and raise. Participants will be introduced to a strength-based, problem solving approach to addressing behaviors across multiple settings. Drawing on the work of experts in a variety of related fields, this presentation will focus on how to clarify the problem, find solutions, and implement strategies that work. Participants will learn to identify the difference between sensory-based behaviors, how to focus on strengths, best methods for quick solutions, and how to collaborate effectively for continued success. Participants will leave this workshop equipped with practical, effective strategies you can implement tomorrow.

Linking Sensory Integration and a Strength-Based Approach to Assess and Address Challenging Behaviors in Children

Who Should Attend This Course:

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapist Assistants
  • Childhood Development Professionals
  • Early Intervention Specialists

Course Objectives

  1. Interpret current neurology, research and trends in behavior management.
  2. Identify the function of specific behaviors as they relate to participation in therapeutic activities.
  3. Recognize the difference between sensory-based behavior issues and other types of behaviors resulting from conditions such as anxiety, asynchronous development, personality differences, and environmental mismatch.
  4. Implement an effective problem solving strategy for addressing problem behaviors across settings.
  5. Utilize at least three practical strategies to reduce problem behaviors through eliminating power struggles, increasing motivation, supporting skill development, structuring the environment, and reducing anxiety.
  6. Advocate for children and for empowering families with a holistic framework for understanding and addressing difficult behaviors.

Location

Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, TX 77030


Cost -  

SINGLE COURSE EARLY RATE

$219.99/Person SINGLE COURSE REGULAR RATE

$239.99/Person “ALL ACCESS” SUBSCRIPTION

$299.99/Year

Earned credits -  

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists - This program is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area).

FL: Summit Professional Education is approved by the Florida Board of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology as a continuing education provider - #50-8381, 6.0 hours. Email your FL license number to ceinfo@summit-education.com AFTER you have completed the workshop and Summit will post your credits to CE Broker.

Occupational Therapists - Summit Professional Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education - provider #5873. This course is offered for 0.6 AOTA CEUs (6.0 contact hours). This course contains content classified under both Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AL: Email your AL license number to ceinfo@summit-education.com AFTER you have completed the workshop and Summit will post your credits to CE Broker. FL: Summit Professional Education is approved by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy Practice as a continuing education provider - #50-8381, 6.0 hours. Email your FL license number to ceinfo@summit-education.com AFTER you have completed the workshop and Summit will post your credits to CE Broker. GA: This workshop meets the requirements for Georgia State Board of Occupational Therapy amended rule 671-3-.08(5) and (10) Renewal of License, Penalties, Continuing Education Requirements. This workshop is offered for 6.0 hours.

Physical Therapists - AL: This workshop meets the criteria set forth in AL Rule 700-X-2-.09 (renewal of license) regarding continuing education and is offered for 7.2 hours. FL: This course has been approved by the Florida Physical Therapy Association for 7.0 CEH for PTs and PTAs, approval #CE18-627216. Accreditation of this course does not necessarily imply the FPTA supports the views of the presenter or the sponsors. Email your FL license number to ceinfo@summit-education.com AFTER you have completed the workshop and Summit will post your credits to CE Broker. GA: As per regulation 490-4-.02(1)(b) of the Georgia Board of Physical Therapy on continuing competence requirements programs approved by the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia or any other state chapter will be accepted by the state licensing board. Summit Professional Education is approved by the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association as a continuing education provider, #CS45-2008-KPTA. This course is offered for 6.0 contact hours.

Educators - AL: This continuing education program is worth 6.0 professional development hours if you have it pre-approved at the Local School or District Level. FL: Florida grants local boards jurisdiction over professional development plans and continuing education approval. Contact your local school district staff development director to get workshop approval towards your professional development requirements. ESE In-service approval can also be sought through your local school district staff development director. This course is offered for 6.0 hours. GA: Many states grant local boards jurisdiction over professional development plans and continuing education approval. Contact your local school district to find out whether this seminar meets your state or district requirements.

Child Development, Early Intervention and Other Professionals - This workshop qualifies for 6.0 continuing education hours as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion and contact your own board or organization for specific filing requirements.

These events contain intermediate level content.

SATISFACTORY COMPLETION

Participants must pay tuition fee, sign in, attend the entire seminar, complete an evaluation and sign out in order to receive a certificate of completion. Participants not fulfilling these requirements will not receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire workshop. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.

WORKSHOP HANDBOOK

Included with your registration you will receive a comprehensive manual compiled by the instructor.

DISCLOSURES

FINANCIAL: Debra Johnson is compensated as the owner of STEP for Kids, Inc. and by Summit as an instructor.


Registration - Register online

Instructor

Debra Johnson, MS, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with 27 years of experience, specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents with sensory processing disorders and related conditions. She is currently the owner of STEPS for Kids, Inc. located in Yorkville, Illinois where she and her staff use a family-centered approach to improve functional outcomes for children referred for therapy. Ms. Johnson has been providing education on a variety of topics related to development, behavior and sensory processing to professionals and families for over 20 years. She is SIPT certified, STAR Mentorship Level 1 trained, certified in clinical interventions including; auditory, brain training and handwriting programs, and family advocacy services. Ms. Johnson has experience in a wide variety of settings including hospital, clinic, school, skilled nursing and home health. Her expertise includes neuro-rehabilitation, pediatrics and education. She received her Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Services Administration from DePaul University in Chicago.


Itinerary 
  • 7:30am - Registration & Coffee
  • 8:00am - Workshop Begins
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm - Lunch On Your Own
  • 3:30pm - Workshop Adjourns

Your instructor will break for 15 minutes in the morning and afternoon at appropriate times.

Course Outline

Behavior: Defining the “Problem”

  • Definitions and perceptions
  • Common behavior problems in therapy, home, and school
  • Current research and trends in behavior management Establishing a New Framework for Behavior
  • Typical, difference or disorder?
  • Understanding the message: Behavior as communication
  • Evaluating context: Behavior doesn’t occur in a vacuum
  • Finding strengths
  • Problem solving with an expanded tool box
  • Clarifying the problem
  • Finding solutions
  • Support for success

The Problem: Is It Sensory?

  • Behavior through a “sensory lens”
  • Sensory processing disorder subtypes and associated behaviors
  • How motor disorders influence behavior
  • Modulation: Meltdowns vs tantrums
  • Sensory diets, strategies and tools

The Problem: When It Isn’t Sensory?

  • Skill deficits
  • Cognitive delays
  • Learning disorders
  • Executive function
  • Social and emotional skills
  • Hearing and communication
  • Vision and perception
  • Gifted children: Asynchronous development
  • Over excitabilities
  • Twice exceptional
  • Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Temperament
  • Medical and mental health issues
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep
  • Environmental mismatch
  • Learned behaviors

Solutions: Effective Strategies for Positive Outcomes

  • Building relationships
  • Developmental skills
  • The just right challenge
  • Scaffolding for growth
  • Reducing the impact of anxiety
  • Eliminating power struggles
  • Increasing motivation and participation
  • Improving follow through across settings

Step by Step: Problem Solving for Solutions

  • Empowering families through understanding
  • Collaborating for success
  • Referring out to others
  • Addressing common goals
  • Advocating for change
  • Resources

Bring at least one case study or client example (oral, written or short video presentation) for group activities. Attendees are responsible for obtaining appropriate releases and following HIPAA guidelines for privacy.


Hotel 

Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030
Nightly rate: $115.00 (price varies based on room availability)

Hotel Registration link