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Sensory Perception and Its Role in School Participation

Presented by: 

Kelly Auld-Wright, OTD, OTR/L

Kelly Auld-Wright, OTD, OTR/L

Watch on-demand and earn AOTA-Approved CEUs

Course Description

OTPs are often asked to assess sensory functions of children on their caseload, even though sensory integration is an advance practice area. Practitioners that take this course will receive an introduction to sensory functions and their impact on children's ability to participate in their school settings, with a focus on sensory perception and praxis. Assessment strategies will be reviewed, as well as basic interpretation of data and goal development. OTPs will have a deeper understanding of the complexity of sensory integrative issues, and strategies of how they can further develop and refine their own practice.

Learning Objectives

1. Learners will be able to identify the difference between sensory reactivity and sensory perception.

2. Learners will be able to link school-based participation challenges with specific areas of sensory integrative deficits.

3. Learners will be able to identify assessment tools to assess sensory functions and have a basic understanding of how to interpret assessment data in order to develop school-based goals.

4. Learners will demonstrate a basic understanding of interpreting assessment data to develop school-based goals.

Contact Hours

This course is 1.5 hour in length. (0.15 AOTA CEUs)

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As an AOTA-Approved provider of professional development, courses are accepted by NBCOT® at a rate of 1.25 NBCOT PDUs per each hour of course content.

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Register for this course and future courses inside the OT Schoolhouse Collaborative for as little as $120


0-5 minutes


5-30 minutes

An overview of the sensory registraion

30-45 minutes

The difference between sensory reactivity and sensory perception.

45-60 minutes

How sensory reactivity and perception difficulties impact school participation

60-75 minutes

Assessment tools available for addressing sensory reactivity

75-85 minutes

Interpreting the assessment data

85-90 minutes

Questions and Answers

Your Instructor

Kelly Auld-Wright, OTD, OTR/L

Kelly Auld-Wright, OTD, OTR/L

Kelly has been working as an OT, with a primary focus on pediatrics since 2007. She advanced training and mentorship in Ayres Sensory Integration and has worked in homes, clinics and school settings.

She is passionate about providing high quality services, including comprehensive evaluation, to help us fully understand the children we serve. Currently, Kelly works in private practice, providing Independent Educational Evaluations and work for the Collaborative for Leadership in Ayres Sensory Integration (CLASI), where she teaches and plans onsite courses in the United States.

Kelly is also a wife, a mother of two young children and a dog that keep her busy. Kelly's favorite occupations include swimming, pilates, groups classes at the gym, walking, spending time with her family and eating good food.


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Instructional Methods

A combination of speaker presentation with a slide deck, polls, and Q+A with the presenter

Target Audience
& Educational Level

This is an Intermediate level course intended for occupational therapy practitioners working in school systems or with a goal to better understand occupational therapy in school systems

Course Completion Requirements

To receive a certificate for this course, you must watch the recorded course in its entirety. Then, you will need to take a learning assessment test and earn a score 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.

Special Needs Requests

This course will include closed captioning and a transcript may be available upon request. You may also rewatch the course or sections of the course as needed. Additional accommodations may be requested by reaching out to us via email. 

Financial & Non-financial Disclosures

Speaker Disclosure

Kelly works part time for CLASI and is a course instructor for CLASI. She is also receiving an honorarium for this presentation.

Sponsor Disclosure

The OTS Collaborative Community is a product of the OT Schoolhouse.

Content Disclosure

This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.

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Schoolhouse Education, LLC is proud to be an AOTA Approved Provider of Professional Development

AOTA-Approval for this Professional Development Opportunity is in progress.  

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Terms and Conditions


Schoolhouse Education, LLC will keep a record of your completed CE courses. When applicable, transcript services may include reporting to professional associations and/or state licensure boards. While Schoolhouse Education, LLC will make all reasonable efforts to offer CE credit for its courses, it is not responsible for state or national, or regulatory current policies or changes in CE requirements that may make courses ineligible for CE credits.

Participant Agreement

By registering for or attending any event or activity associated with the Schoolhouse Education, LLC and OT Schoolhouse, I agree to the following:

Professional Development/Information Disclaimer

The material presented in this course is not intended to represent the only or the best methods appropriate for the occupational therapy and/or medical condition or professional development issues being discussed but rather is intended to present the opinions of the presenters, which may be helpful to other health care professionals at arriving at their own conclusions and consequent application. Attendees participating in this professional development education program do so with full knowledge that they waive any claim they may have against the A-Z School-Based OT Course, Schoolhouse Education, LLC, and OT School House and its staff or representatives for reliance on any information presented during these educational activities.

Waiver of Liability Agreement

I release Schoolhouse Education, LLC, OT Schoolhouse, and its staff, presenters, and any other individuals or entities associated with this course from any and all liability connected with my participation, as well as from any liability related to changes to the schedule, events or activities. I acknowledge and agree that I am participating on my own choice and assume all risk in connection thereof and that in the event that a need for emergency medical service arises, I authorize and consent to such services being provided at my own expense.

Cancelation & Refund Policy

In the event that Schoolhouse Education, LLC must cancel the event for any reason, participants will be offered a credit toward the rescheduled event. OT Schoolhouse Collaborative subscribers may cancel their subscription at any time. 

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