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Sensory AND Behavior: A Comprehensive Approach to Addressing Challenging Be...

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Elgin Community College, Business Conference Center

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1700 Spartan Drive

Elgin, IL 60123

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In this innovative 2-day course, Gwen will guide you through the neurological features and neurochemicals involved in sensory modulation, emotions, and behaviors, and introduce you to a whole-brain approach to addressing difficult behaviors (such as self-injurious behaviors, aggression, meltdowns, toilet-training, lack of focus, and masturbation) from a wholistic perspective. This in-depth, course will leave you with handy forms, easily accessible intervention tools, two make & take projects, and the knowledge you need to differentiate behavioral issues from sensory ones. You will learn to use a combination of best-practice, evidence-based approaches including sensory diets, cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, reward systems, visual schedules, and a variety of brain-based strategies to meet the needs of your most difficult students.

Learning Objectives

The participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the three types of sensory modulation disorders.
  2. Utilize assessment results to formulate an effective sensory diet plan.
  3. Understand the essential components in teaching self-modulation skills.
  4. Utilize provided forms and checklists to empower parents and teachers to support the children in their daily environments.
  5. Identify the roles of neurochemicals in sensory processing, emotions, and behaviors.
  6. Utilize a method of behavior analysis to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
  7. Develop a whole-brain approach to management of difficult behaviors.
  8. Recognize current cognitive and behavioral approaches and understand how to integrate these with a sensory frame of reference.
  9. Create BrainWorks visual sensory diet tools to support children and teens in their daily environments.
  10. Write “SMART” IEP goals to address challenging behaviors.
  11. Collaborate with other professionals to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to address the most challenging behaviors.

Course Schedule

AGENDA:

Day 1

8:00 AM

A Bottom-Up Approach to Challenging Behaviors

  • Pyramid of Learning
  • Self-Regulation Theory

The Neurology of Developmental Disorders

  • Brain-based differences in ASD, SPD, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, chronic stress or trauma, and physical disabilities
  • The neurochemistry of common developmental disorders
  • Impact of neurotransmitters on behavior, emotions, motor skills, language, and learning
  • Correlation between neurotransmitters, sensory processing, and emotions

10:00 – 10:15 BREAK

Utilizing Neuroplasticity to Build a Solid Foundation

  • Assessment of neurological development and sensory processing
    • Standardized assessment tools
    • Checklists and questionnaires
    • Facilitating neurological development
      • Sensory-rich environment
      • Guidelines for movement: how much, how long, how often
      • Provide the just-right challenge to increase connections
      • Strategies to impact neurochemical change
      • Brain-based intervention strategies
        • Proporioceptive, vestibular, and tactile
        • Binaural beats and other currently popular approaches
        • Overview of the evidence regarding brain-based intervention strategies

11:45 – 12:30 LUNCH (on-site)

All about “Sensory Diets”

  • Linking assessment to intervention
    • Helpful forms
    • Identifying target behaviors
    • Data-tracking
    • Goal writing for IEPs and IFSPs
    • Teaching self-modulation

2:00 – 2:15 BREAK

  • Visual sensory diet support tools
  • Introduction to BrainWorks Online

Make & Take Project #1

  • Create a BrainWorks Visual Tool to support sensory breaks for a student

All about “Sensory Diets,” Continued

  • Implementation in general education classrooms
  • Customization for students with intense needs
  • “Plan B” – When a sensory diet isn’t enough…

4:00 DISMISS

AGENDA: DAY 2

8:00 AM

When It’s Not “Just Sensory”

  • Overview of current cognitive approaches to behavior management
  • Overview of current behavioral approaches to behavior management
  • Behavior analysis using a wholistic perspective
  • Impact of “lagging skills and unsolved problems”
    • Using the ALSUP to guide intervention
    • Case studies
      • Assessment
      • Target behaviors and goal-writing
      • Theories on the role of medication

10:00 – 10:15 AM

Using a Whole-Brain Intervention Approach

  • Proactive Intervention Strategies
    • Sensory program
    • Cognitive preparation
    • Motivation
    • Reactive Intervention Strategies
      • Rewards
      • Undesirable consequences

11:30 – 12:45 LUNCH (on your own)

Case Studies

  • Olivia, 11 years old, extreme tactile over-responsiveness, signs of depression, poor social skills
  • Logan, 6 years old, sensory processing difficulties, lack of focus
  • Kaitlyn, 3 years old, sleep disorder, frequent meltdowns, picky eater
  • Debbie, 13 years old, ASD, meltdowns, visual stimulation

2:00 – 2:15 BREAK

Make & Take Project # 2

  • Create a BrainWorks sensory-based visual routines tool for a student.

Group Problem Solvin

3:30 DISMISS

About the Speaker - Gwen Wild MOT, OTR

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 is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Gwen received her certificate of completion for the comprehensive program in sensory integration from the University of Southern California. Gwen has served as an adjunct faculty member in the occupational therapy department of Newman University in Wichita, Kansas, and has served as a guest speaker for other colleges and universities. Gwen is best known for her workshops and seminars translating theoretical information on sensory processing to pragmatic suggestions that can be readily implemented in school, home, and daycare settings.


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