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The Impact of the Sensory Systems and Subtypes on School Participation

Presented by: 

Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC

Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC

Attend live on June 26, 2024 or watch on demand the next day

Course Description

Sensory integrative processing is foundational to how we learn about our bodies, engage with the environment, interact with others, make meaning out of activities, produce motor responses, and participate in learning. It also has direct links with our regulation and influences our behavior. Yet, deciphering sensory integrative processing-- and the 8 sensory systems that includes-- can be quite challenging. What does sensory integrative processing actually involve? Why is it so vital for behavior responses, emotional regulation, and learning?

How can you better understand and influence the sensory integrative processing needs of students, and yourself, to provide occupational therapy services?

In our time together we will explore these questions and many more so you will be better equipped to recognize nuances of sensory differences, how a student's emotional regulation holds the key to understanding sensory differences, provide accommodations and adaptations for students with various sensory needs, and utilize another tool by which to view behavior!

This is part one of a three-part series on Sensory Integration.

Click here to view part 2: The Intersection of developmental, relational, & regulations aspects in Sensory Integrative Processing

Click here to view part 3: Sensory Integrative Services & Accommodations in Schools

Learning Objectives

1. Learners will Identify the eight different sensory systems.

2. Learners will identify the corresponding 3 areas of sensory processing.

3. Learners will select 3 educational components impacted by sensory integrative dysfunction.

Contact Hours

This course is 2 hour in length. (0.2 AOTA CEUs)

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0-5 minutes

  • Introduction

5-30 minutes

  • Definition of sensory processing

  • Importance of sensory processing in behavior, emotional regulation, and development

  • Overview of the 3 areas of sensory processing

30-45 minutes

  • Identification of the 8 sensory systems

  • Explanation of how each sensory system influences regulation and learning

45-60 minutes

  • Understanding the Corresponding 3 Areas of Sensory Processing

  • Detailed exploration of how the 8 sensory systems relate to the 3 areas of sensory processing

  • Discussion on the impact of sensory processing differences on regulation and learning

60-75 minutes

  • Application of Sensory Processing Knowledge

  • Case studies or scenarios to apply understanding of sensory systems and processing

  • Techniques, accommodations, and environmental adaptations to support students with sensory processing differences

75-85 minutes

  • Engaging activities to reinforce learning about sensory systems and processing

85-90 minutes

  • Questions and Answers

Your Instructor

Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC

Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC

A native of Illinois, Jamie attended undergraduate at Bradley University with degrees in Health Science and Psychology. She earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Much of her twelve year career as an occupational therapist has been rooted in sensory integration theory and practice. Learning is truly one of her passions, and she understands that collaborating with an integrated team is the key to holistic care — she offers one of many important pieces to the puzzle.

In 2020 and 2021 she co-authored The Why Behind Classroom Behaviors and Creating Sensory Smart Classrooms, respectively, in order to support and equip educators who have students with various learning needs. As a mom of three young kids, you can often find her at the beach, Legoland, or any playground around San Marcos, CA. Running is what she does to regulate and reflect.


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Instructional Methods

A combination of speaker presentation with a slide deck and both synchronous & asynchronous Q+A with the presenter.

Target Audience
& Educational Level

This is an introductory 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

Jamie earns income from clients who participate in SSP ( Safe & Sound Protocol)

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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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.

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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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