Developing Effective Sensory Diets

Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR

Developing Effective Sensory Diets

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Course Highlights

  • Standardized assessment tests such as Sensory Processing Measure, Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT), SI Checklist
  • Modulating Activities for different age groups: 0-3, school-age, teens
  • Video case studies with specific treatments - Before and After
  • The latest available tools and Resources needed to create the most effective sensory diet
  • Gwen's latest Make It/Take It Labs

Additional Info

Sensory Processing Disorder (also known as sensory integration dysfunction) is a nervous system condition whereby the brain does not always translate signals from the senses properly. The number of children diagnosed with SPD by occupational therapists, developmental pediatricians, pediatric neurologists, and child psychologists isdramatically on the rise. As more research is done and therapists understand more about the disorder, that number will continue to climb. Children with SPD often require a daily routine that incorporates various calming and organizing activities referred to as a Sensory Diet. It is essential that therapists, clinicians, teachers and parents have a comprehensive set of practical and proven sensory-basedstrategies necessary to create a Sensory Diet that is effective across all functional environments.

This exciting hands-on workshop will provide participants with the latest conceptual and practical information to be able to further understand and obtain a complete picture of a child's sensory functioning at home, school or virtually anysetting. Every child is different and when one treatment plan may work for one, it may be ineffective for another. Using the latest assessment tools, treatment strategies and real life case studies, you will be able to immediately create and implement a specifically designed Sensory Diet (a.k.a. sensory modulation) upon return to your practice or home. From certain types of tactile objects, foods and smells to music,sounds and movement you will be able to individualize an activity schedule that a child needs to stay focused and organized throughout the day and keep the body functioning at its optimal level.

[ASHA:Intermediate level, Professional Area]
  1. Recognize the latest research and empirical studiessupporting the use of a sensory diet for children with SPD.
  2. Identify standardized assessment tests available to aid in the process of establishing an effective sensory diet.
  3. Discuss resources available to help children understand self-regulation of sensory processing.
  4. List activities that assist in sensory modulation for each ofthe 7 sensory systems.
  5. Define how a sensory approach can go hand-in-hand with a behavioral approach to have a greater impact on challenging behaviors.
  6. Use effective communication and behavioral strategies already in the home or classroom and carry those strategies over to the sensory diet.
  7. Utilize resources readily available for the creation of visual sensory diet programs.
  8. Complete a visual sensory diet tool at the workshop ready for immediate use in their practice or with their own student or child.
  1. Sensory Diet Theory
    1. A "Sensory Diet" - What is it? Who needs one?
    2. Assessing behavior from a modulation standpoint
    3. Best practice using a sensory modulationperspective
    4. Research and empirical studies supporting the use of sensory diets
  2. Determining the Need for a Sensory Diet:
    1. Sensory processing "Red Flags"
    2. Standardized assessments and checklists
    3. Linking assessment to treatment
      1. Identifying target behaviors
      2. Data-tracking
    4. Sensory vs. behavior
  3. Impact on Behavior & Learning
    1. Modulation issues and the 7 sensory systems
    2. Modulation issues - Effect on social skills and learning
    3. Modulation Issues vs. bipolar, anxiety, ADHD and more
    4. Video Case Studies
  4. End Goal: Self-Regulation
    1. Tools for teaching modulation
    2. Visual sensory diet tools
  5. Activities for Modulation
    1. Age-specific activities for modulation
    2. 0-3
    3. Children
    4. Adolescence
  6. Recommendations for Home & School
    1. Classroom accommodations
    2. Classroom-based sensory motor programs
    3. Practical home guides
    4. Family involvement
  7. Forms, Templates, & Resources
    1. Commercially available sensory diet programs
    2. Online tools for creating sensory diets
    3. Freebies to take home - forms and templates
  8. "Make It - Take It" Lab
  9. Participants will be assisted in creating a visual sensory diet tool hat can be designed for use with a specific child or as a general tool for many children
  10. Group problem solving for difficult cases

Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR, is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorders. Since graduating from Rockhurst University with her Master of Occupational Therapy degree, she has worked extensively in public and private school settings and has also provided outpatient and home-based services to children with sensory deficits and autism spectrum disorders. Gwen received her certificate of completion for the comprehensive program in sensory integration from the University of Southern California. She founded and directed a childcare center for children with developmental disabilities in the Fort Worth area and has consulted with numerous daycare center directors and teachers to enable them to better meet the needs of children with disabilities. Gwen was an adjunct faculty member in the occupational therapy department of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. Gwen has presented numerous seminars and training courses related to sensory processing to occupational, physical and speech therapists, teachers, school support staff, childcare center staff members, and parent support groups. Gwen is the owner of the Sensational Brain Co., creator of the popular BrainWorks sensory diet tool, and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.


FINANCIAL: Gwen Wild is compensated by Summit as an instructor and by the Sensational Brain Co. which she founded and which is the source of some of the sensory diet tools discussed today.

NONFINANCIAL: Gwen Wild has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

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