Tackling Sensory Processing Issues, or Sensory Life Hacks as Told by an SLP

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Presenter:  Michelle Dawson, MS CCC-SLP
In a perfect world, each child’s IFSP Team would include all necessary team members, especially an OT, to tackle a child’s unique sensory processing issues.  However, for some patients receiving early intervention services, that is unfortunately not the case.  What is an SLP to do then to help their patient reach their maximal potential with respect to their ST goals, when these variables are at play?  This 90 min course is designed to offer introductory “Sensory Life Hacks” or support strategies for an SLP to help their patients reach their functional language and feeding goals.  

Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  • List 2 diagnoses that could impede touch and 2 suggested life hacks. 
  • List 2 diagnoses that could impede vision and 2 suggested life hacks.
  • List 1 potential “don’t” and 2 suggested life hacks to assist with smell
About Michelle: Michelle L. W. Dawson, MS CCC-SLP has had the pleasure of residing in Columbia, SC since January 2012.  She completed her BS in Speech Language Pathology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in 2005, and her MS in Communicative Sciences and Disorders from James Madison University in 2009.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from both universities.  She started her career in 2006 as an SLPA in a rural public school with an average caseload of 56 students. 

Michelle is an accomplished lecturer and has written and given numerous ASHA approved CEU lectures on such topics as Infantile Spasm and Oropharyngeal Dysphagia, along with Apps and ST, and co-authored a course on Best Practices in EI.  She has also given an AOTA-approved lecture on Sensory Integration from the SLP perspective.  Michelle has delivered lectures at the SCSHA Convention and twice with the SCATP Expo. 

Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area) 

Course Timeline: 

10 minutes: Introduction/Insight:
In overview of SLP insight into the sensory world.
Brief summation of terms  
30 minutes: Touch and Hearing:
List and discuss common medical diagnoses that can result in sensory concerns. 
Discuss life hacks to address these from an SLP’s perspective
25 minutes: Vision and Smell:
List and discuss common medical diagnoses that can result in sensory concerns.
Discuss life hacks to address these from an SLP’s perspective.  
15 minutes: Case Studies: Present 2 pt examples and discuss potential life hacks that an SLP could use

10 minutes: Questions and Wrap Up 

Disclosure Statement: 
Financial: Michelle Dawson is a speaker for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receive royalty payments.
Non Financial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists. 
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