Some people don’t behave as we expect them to – not because they won’t, but because they can’t.
Inefficient processing of sensory messages that come from their body and environment often cause this unexpected behaviour. These individuals may withdraw from physical contact, refuse to participate in typical classroom and playground activities, be unable to sit still in class, or respond in an unusual way to ordinary sensations such as touch, movement, smells, and sounds.
Some of these people may have a medical diagnosis such as autistic spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyspraxia or developmental coordination disorder, but many individuals will have no such diagnosis.
“One of the best courses I’ve attended! I am taking away some good ideas and a whole new way of thinking about behaviour.”Teacher
The aim of this online foundational course is to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of sensory processing disorder and the everyday difficulties that individuals experience at school, home, and other settings. The focus of this course is to give participants the knowledge level and necessary tools to identify and analyse sensory behaviours, and then to set up simple and appropriate sensory strategies in their setting.
Who should attend:
Teachers, teaching assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists, school nurses, nursery nurses, psychologists, social workers, play therapists, social care staff, parents and other individuals seeking to gain a better understanding of sensory processing disorder.
“All teachers need to attend this course! I wish I had known about this years ago – this should be included in all teacher training courses.”Class teacher, mainstream primary school
The course will be delivered using Zoom but recreating, as much as possible, all the positive aspects of an in-person course including learning together in small groups. One of my core beliefs is that for genuine understanding and learning to occur you, as the learner, need to be actively engaged in the learning process. To find out more see here.
“Do it!! It’s extremely helpful and has made me look at SPD in a different light. It has helped me to understand students at work much more and I feel much more confident when helping them and putting sensory strategies in place.”Higher level teaching assistant
At the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Define the terms ‘sensory integration’ and ‘sensory processing disorder’
- Explain the main functions of the sensory systems
- Recognise different types of behaviour arising from sensory processing disorder
- Show how sensory processing disorder impacts on regulation, engagement, learning and behaviour
- Design individualised strategies and programmes to assist the person at school, home and other settings
For more detailed information download the course programme here