Is It Sensory or Is It Behaviour? Changing Behaviours to Improve Functional Performance and Participation



Lecturers: Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT and Betty Paris, PT,M. Ed. C/NDT. Carolyn an occupational therapist and Betty a physical therapist, both certified in sensory integration and neuro developmental treatment techniques, have experience working with children and adults with sensory, learning and neurological difficulties. 

Overview

Answering the question “Is it sensory or Is It behaviour?” requires more than meets the eye.

This is a 2 day workshop. This section will delve into the confusing and challenging behaviors that children and adults often demonstrate; addressing the question Is it sensory or is it behaviour? This course is designed for therapists, however, parents, teachers, carers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals have found the material very valuable. Carolyn Murray-Slutsky and Betty Paris skillfully use a layering system to guide participants to a deep understanding of the complexities of sensory and communication based behaviors.

Videos, instructor case presentations and Case studies offered by participants will be used to analyze why individuals behave the way they do, sort out sensory based problems from other causes, and design intervention strategies to address the underlying problems. Participants will learn to use sensory based interventions and positive behavioral strategies to reduce undesirable behaviors and facilitate effective coping strategies in the individual. Focus will be on remediating the individual’s core problem while identifying the most effective strategies to meet the individual’s emotional, sensory and behavioral needs. A flow chart and the behavioral analysis worksheet will be used to guide the analysis process and objectify clinical observations.

Specific intervention strategies will clearly be identified for use at home, group homes, school, day cares, clinics, work, sheltered workshops or other environments.

 Summary:

This is a 2 day workshop. Carolyn Murray-Slutsky and Betty Paris skillfully use a layering system to delve into the confusing and challenging behaviors that children and adults often demonstrate; addressing the question Is it sensory or is it behaviour? Videos, instructor case presentations and Case studies offered by participants will be used to sort out sensory based problems from other causes, and design intervention strategies to address the underlying problems. Participants will learn to use sensory based interventions and positive behavioral strategies to reduce undesirable behaviors and facilitate effective coping strategies in the individual. Focus will be on the most effective strategies to meet the individual’s emotional, sensory and behavioral needs. A flow chart and the behavioral analysis worksheet will be used to guide the analysis process and objectify clinical observations. Specific intervention strategies will clearly be identified for use at home, group homes, school, day cares, clinics, work, sheltered workshops or other environments.

 Audience: This workshop is designed for occupational, physical and speech therapists, psychologists, other professionals and parents.  
 Length: 2 days - Registration will start from 8:45am. Course will start at 9.00am and finish at 5.00pm  
 Fee:

Gold and Silver Member Fee: £398 (Instalment plan option available)
Bronze Member Fee: £530.67

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A light lunch is included. Accommodation is not included.

 Lecturers:
Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT and Betty Paris, PT,M. Ed. C/NDT.
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Objectives

Participants will learn to:

  • Use the Intervention for Challenging Behaviours flow chart.
  • Define and analyse a child’s behaviour.
  • Determine the primary and secondary reinforcement to the child’s behaviour.
  • Identify behaviours that are obtaining in nature, determine the core problems and appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Identify behaviours that are avoidance in nature, determine the core problems, and appropriate intervention strategies.
  • Differentiate sensory-based problems from other related problems.
  • Understand how to use the Intervention for Challenging Behaviour Flow Chart and the Behavioural Analysis Worksheet in analysing the child’s behaviour and planning an intervention program.
  • Learn strategies to develop new behaviours, diminish unwanted behaviours, identify appropriate reinforcers, while using positive behavioural strategies.
  • Design treatment strategies that incorporate the child’s sensory, motor, behavioural and communication needs.
  • Describe how therapist collaborates with the client, family, and other service providers to establish meaningful goals, maximize intervention of all services, and to realize dramatic functional improvements.
  • Be able to design and implement holistic, comprehensive, integrated treatment programs through combining treatment techniques from sensory integration, developmental, motor learning, teaching strategies, behavioural intervention and other frames of reference.
  • Appreciate the importance of how to use non-verbal and verbal communication, behavioural intervention strategies, and therapeutic relationships more effectively with clients.

    Who should attend?

    This workshop is designed for occupational, physical and speech therapists, psychologists, other professionals and parents.

    Carolyn Murray-Slutsky

    MS, OTR, C/NDT.

    International Lecture, USA based.

    Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS, OTR, C/NDT. Carolyn along with Betty Paris are the co-founders of State of the Art Resource Services (STAR Services), a USA based educational company providing national and international workshops since 1993. They have been tutors for the Sensory Integration Network since 2004; are the authors of the textbooks Is it Sensory or Is it Behaviour? Autism Interventions: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism 2nd Ed. and Developing Visual Motor Intervention and have published many journal articles. They have a diverse background as a clinical practitioners having worked in private and public settings with clients throughout the life span, and have functioned in consultative and administrative roles. She has been recognized for her outstanding leadership by the Florida Occupational Therapy Association in 1999 and 2003 and currently is actively involved with the American Occupational Therapy Association.

    Betty A. Paris

    PT, M.Ed, C/NDT.

    International Lecturer, USA based.

    Betty Paris, PT, M.Ed, C/NDT. Betty along with Carolyn Murray-Slutsky are the co-founders of State of the Art Resource Services (STAR Services), a USA based educational company providing national and international workshops since 1993. They have been tutors for the Sensory Integration Network since 2004; are the authors of the textbooks Is it Sensory or Is it Behaviour? Autism Interventions: Exploring the Spectrum of Autism 2nd Ed. and Developing Visual Motor Intervention and have published many journal articles. They have a diverse background as a clinical practitioners having worked in private and public settings with clients throughout the life span, and have functioned in consultative and administrative roles.

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