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Learn Sensory Strategies to Promote
Sensory Integration - Sensory Processing


Sensory Tool Kit
TM 
 

Two-day workshop
- participants learn how to address the sensory needs of children 4 to 11 years old


Tools for Tots TM

One-day workshop
- participants learn how to address the sensory needs of children 1 to 5 years old


Sensory Tools for Pre-Teens and Teens TM

One-day workshop
- participants learn how to address the sensory needs of 
pre-teens and teens 11 to 19 years old


The Sensory Processing Measures
One-day workshop - participants learn how to use these
standardized tests for children

Introduction to the upcoming color coded electronic SPMs Quick Tips: How to help teams with clinical reasoning and brainstorming to develop sensory-based strategies. These are to be integrated into the fabric of the child's everyday life throughout school (art, music, PE, recess, cafeteria, bus, main classroom), home and in the community. Opportunities for recording data will be discussed.

Sensory Processing Measure
(SPM)

(for 5 to 12 year olds)
&
Sensory Processing Measure-Preschool (SPM-P)
(for 2 to 5 year olds)
presented in a one day workshop

Case studies in schools and homes included!

Supporting the principles of Response to Intervention (RtI)

 

Wall Street Journal article February 26, 2013 link:
Separating Growing Pains From Warning Signs in Kids (
http://m.wsj.com/articles/a/SB10001424127887324338604578326112816120302?mg=reno64-wsj)

 
Click here to read a document written by an Australian Psychologist regarding the SPM!

Walter (Wally), Diana, and participants in a movement activity during the Sydney workshop 
 

See workshop descriptions below


Email received:
From:  "N, Linda".
Subj:  RE: Sensory Processing Measure for preschoolers

Thanks. I use the other SPM more and more. I really appreciate the EASY scoring. Also, the Tools books are invaluable, and the yellow DVD is a consistent part of an in-service I do for the school district. Keep up the good work!!! Linda

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What makes Diana's workshops unique?

 

  • ATTEND WITH YOUR TEAM including administrators, educators (both regular Ed and special Ed), counselors, school psychologists, social workers, assistants, local and staff therapists, physicians, and parents. When everyone participates and hears the different challenges experienced at home, in the different school environments and in the community, communication lines open up and everyone works together.
  • WALK IN THE SHOES of those with sensory processing challenges. Diana believes that one of the best ways for individuals to understand SI and sensory processing is to first experience sensory challenges themselves. Diana has a wonderful way of using fun filled activities and 'ah ha' moments to make her point.
  • REVISIT THE BRAIN and user friendly diagrams of the neurophysiology to help everyone understand. Those with neurology backgrounds will hear new ways of explaining sensory processing to those who may not understand including physicians, administrators, educators and parents.
  • UPDATE YOUR KNOWLEDGE ABOUT RESEARCH including SI and sensory processing to support evidence based practice and IDEA 2004.
  • PARTICIPATE WITH MOVEMENT, music, and other sensory tools. Attendees express thankfulness for being able to have their sensory needs met throughout the workshops. 
  • USE LAB TIME to try out and learn the sensory strategies you will be able to use when you return to your homes and places of work.
  • SIT ON BALL CHAIRS, use Bear Hugs, and more to see how they really do work. Participants enjoy and appreciate being able to try all the sensory tools Diana uses in her programs.  

If you have not attended one of Diana Henry's in-services or workshops, you have been missing out! Specializing in sensory integration (SI) and sensory processing for over 30 years, working in her SI clinic as well as in the schools, Diana's mission continues to be that of spreading information about SI and sensory processing world wide. Diana and her husband Rick have been traveling together since 2000 in their Ateachabout RV to bring workshops to everyone, so the entire team can contribute to developing understanding, compassion and sensory safe strategies for all. From toddlers through adolescents, each of Diana's programs brings appropriate sensory tools for each age group. Diana enjoys speaking to large groups, including school districts, universities, hospitals and clinics.


Sensory Tool Kit WorkshopTM 

(Two-day workshop)

The Sensory Integration (SI) Tool Kit WorkshopTMTwo Days  

Sensory Tool Kit: SI theory, detective work and hands-on
mock classroom activities
(A two-day workshop)

 

Diana's Tool ChestTM handbook will be used throughout the workshop as a workbook.

 

   

 Day 1 includes:

v      Opportunities for participants to share with Diana and the attendees, the challenges that they are experiencing in their schools, homes and clinics.

v      Updates on research in sensory integration and sensory processing.

v      Experiencing what it is like to have sensory processing challenges, for attendees to better understand those diagnosed with sensory processing disorders.

v      Brain diagrams and case studies highlighting each of the sensory systems and motor planning.

v     Detective work including exposure to the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM).

 

   Day 2 includes:

v      The evolution of the Tool ChestTM handbook helping parents, school teams and clinicians integrate sensory processing into the home and educational settings.

v      User-friendly and over-the-counter activities experienced by the attendees for schools, clinics and home.

v      Mock classroom demonstrations with audience participation as students, teachers and therapists.

v     The learning of how to create 'sensory safe' spaces (Womb Space, Mother Space, Kid Power and Brain Power) in homes, schools and playgrounds through exposure to examples others have developed in their communities across the USA and internationally.

Do you need some tools to address SENSORY INTEGRATION, SENSORY PROCESSING, and CHALLENGING classroom behaviors in INCLUSIVE classrooms? The Sensory Tool KitTM workshop in-services school administrators, psychologists, social workers, nurses, regular ed. teachers/special ed. teachers, OTs/PTs/SLPs, and parents. Medical and clinic based therapists are encouraged to attend with one another promoting COLLABORATION between the medical and educational communities, using SENSORY INTEGRATION.

IDEA and the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework encourage teachers and therapists to address students' needs in the classroom. The Sensory Tool KitTM workshop uses a highly participatory format through mock classroom demonstrations and hands-on lab work.

Participants learn to use the activities from the Tools for Students TM video/dvd and the Tool ChestTM handbook in their classrooms and homes. These are the "over-the-counter" activities that therapists have been using with parents and siblings in medical clinics. This workshop makes them available and user-friendly for all school staff and parents.

Collaboration encourages detective work so that individual TOOLS assist students to address social participation, posture, motor performance, and the various levels of attention needed throughout the day.

Diana Henry, occupational therapist (OT) clarifies how her profession addresses the occupation of the parent, the teacher and the student within the home and school community. She demonstrates how the tools are used to enhance the environment by making it 'sensory-safe' for students, parents and teachers.

The Sensory Tool KitTM workshop updates the theories of sensory integration, sensory processing and sensory defensiveness through a user-friendly format. You will learn to identify how YOUR sensory needs as an adult, affect your occupational performance as administrator, teacher, health professional, parent and student and how to take care of them.

You will be provided with the opportunity to use your body as a 'laboratory' by participating in a cardio warm up, using chair balls and Pilates based core muscle work.


 

Tools for Tots:
Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and PreschoolersTM 

(One-day workshop)

 

Tools for Tots: (A one-day workshop which may be attached
to another one-day or to a two-day workshop)

 

The Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and
Preschoolers
TM
 book will be used throughout the workshop
as a workbook.

This workshop is designed to offer practical sensory strategies to improve the ability of toddlers and preschoolers to play and function in their various daily environments. A variety of sensory activities and environmental strategies will be highlighted using hands-on participation and videos of typical tots and those with challenges including engagement. 

 

Parents, EI specialists, administrators, preschool teachers, day care workers, therapists and other health professionals are invited to attend as a team.  Dress comfortably for this fun learning experience, filled with music and movement!

 

Topics will include everyday issues related to waking up, picky eating, teeth brushing, getting dressed, potty time, hair washing, finger nail cutting, bath time, bed time, and more. Participants will also learn strategies to help Touchy Tots, Sensitive Ears, Busy Bees, Fumbling Tots, Tippy Toe Tots, Cautious Tots, and Spirited Tots.

 

All attendees will also receive the new Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers TM book, which will be used as a workbook throughout the workshop.  Updates and research in sensory integration and sensory processing will be presented in user friendly terms.

 

 

Objectives: Participants will...

  • Explore the question "Is it behavior or is there a sensory challenge driving the behavior?" by learning about their own sensory preferences.
  • Discover how sensations, sensory integration and sensory processing impact behavior by addressing the challenges seen with daily activities and skills specific to tots.
  • Learn  how to integrate practical sensory strategies at home, in the community and at school by using together the Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and PreschoolersTM book.
  • Be encouraged to implement a 'systems change' including the designing of sensory safe spaces for tots in their homes and communities.


Sensory Tools for Pre-Teens and Teens: Strategies to Promote Sensory Processing WorkshopTM
 

(One-day workshop)

 

 

 

 

Sensory Tools for Pre-Teens and Teens: (A one-day workshop which may be attached to another one-day or to a two-day workshop)

 

Diana's SI Tools for TeensTM handbook will be used throughout the workshop as a workbook.

    Includes:

v      The Teen Brain (and why teens can make irresponsible choices).

v      Sleep (and why teens have a hard time waking up in the morning).

v      Thrill Seeking (and what recreational drugs do to the brain).

v      The Disconnect and Digital Kids.

v      Hanging Out (and how to design spaces for teens).

 

Participants will have the opportunity to experience and learn about alternative sensory 'tools' (including the use of juggling balls and exercise band) to assist teens to participate in age appropriate activities.

 



Sensory Processing Measures  Workshop 

 

(A one-day workshop which may be attached to another one-day or to a two-day workshop)

 

Sensory Processing Measure (SPM)

 

The SPM is standardized for children ages 5 through 12 years (Kg-6th grade).


Sensory Processing Measure-Preschool (SPM-P)


for children ages 2 to 5 years - published in 2010

 

 

 

Diana also now includes a case study in her workshops using the SPM-Preschool (for 2 to 5 year olds). She highlights collaboration between home and school using the SPM-P to address praxis (ideation and motor planning) as well as modulation issues impacting performance at school and  home.

 

          

  

The Sensory Processing Measures are invaluable in accurately assessing children's sensory processing.


A comprehensive understanding of these instruments is essential to use them effectively.
This one day workshop will review the research behind the development of these standardized assessment scales, the principles of their use to support the identification and treatment of sensory integration and sensory processing difficulties, and their practical application, administration and scoring.


They will help participants answer the question: "Are sensory issues driving the behavior?", and explore the SPMs' use in multiple environments, encouraging collaboration among parents, schools and clinics.

 

Case studies will include preschool and elementary school students diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, violent behavior, as well as a student who had been expelled from a Montessori School. Functional issues such as potty training, sitting still during circle time and getting along with peers will be addressed as they relate to sensory-based challenges with praxis (ideation and motor planning), postural control,  body awareness and modulation (over responsiveness, under responsiveness  and sensory seeking).

 

Following the use of the SPMs, a quick tips collaborative team empowerment approach will be presented for helping all those involved including the bus, playground and cafeteria personnel (when appropriate) as well as home and community to develop sensory safe environments and integrate sensory-based strategies throughout the child's day.

 

Parents, early intervention specialists, administrators, preschool teachers, elementary school teachers, day care workers, OTs, PTs and SLPs, psychologists, and other health professionals are invited to attend as a team.

 

Workshop attendees will receive sample copies of SPM Home and SPM School forms.


 

Wall Street Journal article February 26, 2013 link:
Separating Growing Pains From Warning Signs in Kids (
http://m.wsj.com/articles/a/SB10001424127887324338604578326112816120302?mg=reno64-wsj)


Click here to read a document written by an Australian Psychologist regarding the SPM!
 

Walter (Wally), Diana, and participants in a movement activity during the Sydney workshop 


Article published in OT PRACTICE about the SPM:
Using the Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) 
in Multiple Practice Areas

By Diana A. Henry, Cheryl E. Ecker, Tara J. Glennon,
David Herzberg
Click here - Five page article to download as a PDF

 

 

 

Published in February 2007 by Western Psychological Services (WPS) www.sensoryprocessingmeasure.com

 

The Sensory Processing Measure (SPM) is a new way of obtaining a complete picture of children's sensory functioning across different environments including home as well as in the main classroom, art, music, PE, recess, cafeteria and on the bus. It is unique as it provides the possibility of comparing performance between school and home, designed specifically for the  academic, community and home teams. It is a standardized norm referenced tool with scores for five sensory systems (vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, visual and auditory) as well as praxis (motor planning and ideation ) and social participation.  Supporting the principles of Response to Intervention (RtI) and encouraging collaboration, the SPM helps answer the question "Is the behavior sensory driven?" Standardized for children ages 5 through 12.

 



Classroom Consultations
 
You may be interested in having us come to your school and meet with the staff as well as visit several classrooms prior to presenting a workshop for your community. Diana will incorporate sensory strategies and ideas into her workshop presentation to help you meet your school's goals.


Phone Consultations

Phone Consults with Diana occupational therapist
(USA residents only)
Cost: $30.00 minimum
Time: Up to 30 minutes
Payment: check, money order, credit card
Email rick@henryot.com to schedule an appointment


Henry OT Services, Inc
4000 Pipit Place, Flagstaff, AZ 86004
E-Mail: rick@henryot.com

 

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