Tracy Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L
International and National Lecturer
January 25, 2024
8:00 AM—3:00 PM EST
Live Web Conference
6 contact hours
0.6 AOTA CEUs
7.5 NBCOT PDUs
7.2 NY PT contact hours
6.0 CTLE credit/contact hours
CE Broker for OTs where applicable
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OT, OTA, PT, PTA, special educators, educators
Level of Instruction: Intermediate
A sensory diet is an occupational therapy intervention that offers an opportunity to support sensory modulation and regulatory skills that impact daily participation. The Sensory Diet is a term that has become commonly used in pediatric occupational therapy, though the intention and integrity of the concept is often poorly understood. As originally described by Patricia Wilbarger, in the early 1970’s, the sensory diet was designated for the treatment of sensory defensiveness. With advances in understanding of sensory modulation difficulties, the sensory diet concept has emerged as a powerful strategy to address not just sensory defensiveness, but other sensory modulation difficulties including arousal regulation, emotional regulation, attention systems disruption, as well as to support socially mediated engagement. When provided correctly, the sensory diet approach offers a comprehensive method that includes:
- education and awareness,
- an individualized, targeted sensory diet plan that is professionally guided and monitored, and
- specialized, professional treatment techniques targeted at key issues of concern.
In this course, you will learn how to establish power, precision, and proper timing in the sensory diet targeted to desired outcomes. The evidence base supporting the use of a sensory diet approach will be reviewed. Hands-on practice will encourage participants to understand the nuance of application. Implementation of a sensory diet involves parents and other adults, so coaching them to effectively implement the sensory diet is included in the course, as is monitoring the effectiveness of the program. Case examples from children with neurodevelopmental needs will illustrate the power of matching the sensory diet to a child’s specific needs. Finally, the sensory diet concept will be contrasted with a sensory-based approach, including the “sensory lifestyle”, sensory breaks, and sensory support plans, accommodations, & modifications.
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About the Instructor
Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR is the executive director of Developmental FX (DFX) in Denver, Colorado, a non-profit organization providing clinical and training services to engage and elevate pediatric therapeutic practice. She is a leading pediatric occupational therapist (OT) involved in clinical treatment, research, mentoring, and training regarding OT intervention for persons with neurodevelopmental disorders, especially Fragile X Syndrome and autism. Tracy has a master’s degree in developmental psychology/neuroscience. She received her NDT training with Lois Bly. She is SIPT Certified and was the clinical specialist in sensory integration at The Children’s Hospital in Denver as well as the OT for the Fragile X Research and Treatment Center. Tracy continued her clinical and research work with Dr. Randi Hagerman at the UC Davis M.I.N.D.
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