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July 13, 2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm / Pacific Time
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Real Answers for Sensory Processing Impairments

Sensory Processing Impairments (SPIs) comprise most of the symptoms of ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorders, and brain syndromes including fetal alcohol syndrome. Because they contribute to the difficulties inherent in such a wide range of psychiatric conditions, they are crucial to understand, manage, reduce, and where possible, eliminate and prevent.
This webinar provides a comprehensive review of the four major types of SPIs, how they present as symptoms, and how to reduce their impact and severity. More importantly, it helps therapists (OT, PT, SLP) by demonstrating creative parent- and teacher-friendly ways to explain SPIs to caring adults who must deal with affected children and teens at home and at school.
SPIs involve the brain’s over-response or under-response to sensory inputs from the various sense organs. The child tries, for example, to avoid sensory experiences that seem annoying, painful, or terrorizing. The child might complain about loud noises, bright lights, swinging too high on playground swing sets, or scratchy fabrics in clothing. Another type of SPI, and the opposite of sensory avoidance, is sensory seeking. The child seeks excess sensory input or stimulation, as when the child compulsively fidgets, touches or handles certain objects, or insists on listening to extra-loud music. A third type is sensory input under-response, in which the brain achieves only muted arousal to sensory inputs. The child fails to understand or address what the parent or teacher says or might seem unaware of obvious sensations such as sunburn or a bleeding wound. A fourth type is sensory output under-response, in which the child has problems controlling and coordinating muscle movements.
The many powerful strategies provided in this webinar are helpful as part of professional intervention and also useful in training of school personnel and parents in their management of the child or teen. You will learn fascinating, nonthreatening, pleasant ways to manage and reduce SPIs in home and school settings. You’ll also learn how to explain and teach these principles and strategies to others. This webinar is designed to be helpful for all therapists as well as others who manage the affected children and teens.
By participating in this webinar, you will be able to:
  • List the major types of helpful interventions
  • Depict key indicators of all four types of SPIs
  • Describe how to help a sensory seeking child or teen
  • Improve muscle control involving various body parts
  • Help the brain normalize arousal level to sensory inputs
  • Provide solutions for troublesome sensory avoidance
  • Use fresh, new terminology for training others
  • …and much, much more


John F. Taylor, Ph.D. is a clinical specialist and a nationally-known author and speaker. Dr. Taylor has treated hundreds of children and adolescents who were displaying misbehavior at all levels of psychopathology.

The author and producer of over 200 professional journal articles, newspaper and journal columns, books, video DVDs, audio CDs and booklets, Dr. Taylor is perhaps best known for his landmark parent-teacher-counselor guidebook ”Helping Your ADD Child,” his best-selling “The Survival Guide for Kids with ADHD.” and his definitive parenting guidebook about oppositional and defiant children and teens “From Defiance to Cooperation.”

His publications for professionals have included numerous articles in professional journals, and books including “Diagnostic Interviewing of the Misbehaving Child,” “Understanding Misbehavior,” and “Anger Control Training for Children and Teens.” Dr. Taylor has been a psychology instructor at UT-Chattanooga and two community colleges. He has presented seminars to clinicians, therapists, teachers and parents nationwide.


FINANCIAL: John Taylor is compensated by PESI as an instructor.


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