Developing Skills in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Learning Objectives:

  • Examine sensory processing disorder characteristics as well as current research in this field
  • Discuss practical sensory interventions that can be implemented into daily routines
  • Discover how evidenced-based Ready S.E.T. Go! Learn to Move, Move to Learn (AAPC 2004) program, facilitates readiness skills for motor, sensory, language, cognitive and social development
  • Understand neurological differences in the brains of children with ASD and how this impacts functional daily living skills

In this session:

Attendees will gain insight into the puzzling aspects of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and learn sensory strategies targeting the needs of individuals with ASD. Concepts of sensory processing disorder (SPD) will be discussed in relation to its impact on motor coordination, language skills and social interactions of children with ASD. Current research will be reviewed in order to examine brain differences between children with ASD and their neurotypical peers, and to determine effective sensory interventions.

This workshop will also look at the challenges of engagement for children with ASD and the role of therapist in supporting participation in activities of daily living. In addition, attendees will learn how to apply sensorimotor activities, as described in Learn to Move, Move to Learn (AAPC 2004), to both school and home settings. This evidence-based approach is geared toward serving young children in an inclusive environment with a transdisciplinary approach. The sensorimotor groups are planned to provide experiences to stimulate and integrate the underlying sensory systems in the human body, which incorporate activities and experiences using motor, cognitive, communication and social skills to enhance learning. Attendees of will learn skills and strategies they can immediately use in their classroom and home settings. Hands on activities will enrich the learning process for participants.