Sensory Intervention Techniques for SLPs (Speech Language Pathologists)
The term "Sensory Differences" has recently been added to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders, 5th Editions (DSM-5) as a characteristic of Autism Spectrum Disorders. However, as Speech and Language Pathologists, we see many individuals with different diagnoses that exhibit sensory differences which affect how they perform in therapy, in school or in their home setting.
An individual's sensory system is the foundation in how they are able to interpret, process and react in their environment. Often as a Speech and Language Pathologist our education does not reflect the importance of addressing the sensory system. Addressing an individual's sensory differences is an important component to a speech therapy session. Sensory differences affect every facet of an individual's life -- from eating, articulation, language, social and academic skills to self-care skills, sleep and play.
This sensory course will allow therapists to evaluate their own sensory differences, which will give insight and perspective toward their clients. They will gain an understanding of the importance of modulation, underresponsive or over-responsive actions in order to guide and create successful therapy sessions. The importance of recognizing how a client may be processing information, understanding which strategies and evidence-based
practices to use will assist the individual, both in therapy -- and in life. The importance of working with an occupational therapy in treatment or consultation will also be addressed.
- Discuss the term “sensory processing disorder” and determine how sensory processing affects a speech therapy session
- Identify the 8 senses and give examples of how these senses affect therapy session
- Distinguish typical and non-typical reactions to sensory input
- Apply appropriate sensory activities to help clients achieve success during therapy
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