Evidence-Based Neuroscience Foundations in Sensory Processing Disorder


  1. Develop a repertoire of advanced insights into sensory processing disorder for evidence-based practices.
  2. Recognize the synergy among structural elements of Ayres Sensory Integration® Fidelity Measure©.
  3. Integrate motor, cognitive, language and social emotional skill development into sensorimotor theme-based intervention.
  4. Design and experience original lessons plan from the Learn to Move, Move to Learn curriculum.

Research reveals:

That 1 in 6 children have sensory processing disorder (SPD). Current evidence in sensory processing points to a neurological basis for this disorder. This epidemic of SPD in the pediatric population creates challenges for therapists, medical professionals, and educators in providing effective intervention and support for children and their families. Professionals need adequate training on the neuroscience foundations of SPD in order to understand why sensory driven behavior occurs and how to effectively address this disorder. In this seminar we will explore details of Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI®) as well as evidence-based practices for sensory integration intervention.

Join Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L author of the evidenced-based curriculum, Learn to Move, Move to Learn for this exciting and informative seminar filled with creative and useful sensorimotor interventions that can be easily implemented in the classroom, clinic, or at home to help children with success in childhood occupations. Participants will glean information about how to implement Jenny Clark’s ‘Learn to Move’ curriculum for early intervention, preschool and elementary school children. Attendees will discover how to design sensorimotor theme-based lesson plans that can be implemented immediately. Jenny’s unique play-based treatment approach for children incorporates sensorimotor theme activities that facilitate development to enhance learning. Video examples, case studies, and current research to support therapeutic interventions will enrich participants’ learning.

Rockhurst University Conducted Research on Program/Curriculum

Course Content:

Neuroscience Foundations in SPD
  • Differentiate six subtypes of sensory processing disorder
  • Sensory overresponsivity, sensory underresponsivity, sensory seeking/craving, dyspraxia, postural disorders, discrimination disorders
  • Examine the process elements of Ayres Sensory Integration® & Fidelity Measure© (ASIFM)
  • Explore sensory integration intervention methods (OT-SI) as the neuroscience foundation of the Learn to Move, Move to Learn program
  • Discuss components of effective sensory-based intervention for best practice
  • Case study; examples of using skilled clinical reasoning for effective outcomes
  • Sensory simulation lab
Evidence-Based Sensory Strategies to:
  • Increase attention
  • Improve sensory-related behavior
  • Aid organizational skills
  • Foster self-esteem
  • Promote language
  • Facilitate sustained active engagement
  • Encourage learning through play
  • Support progress in educational learning
Learn to Move, Move to Learn Curriculum
  • Transdisciplinary teamwork
  • 7 sequenced sensorimotor theme-based structure
  • Warm-up, vestibular, proprioception, balance, eye-hand coordination, cool-down, fine motor
  • Developmental Readiness Skills
  • Cognitive, Language, Sensory, Motor, Social/Emotional
  • Research on Learn to Move, Move to Learn program
  • Theme Examples
  • Holiday themes, Book themes, General Themes
  • Applying the Sensorimotor Themed Lesson Plans into early childhood education & elementary school curriculum
  • Adapting for early intervention
  • Therapeutic tools
  • Music, Play skills, Transitions
  • Planning: Develop a ‘Ready-to-Implement’ original lesson plan
  • Group Lab Experience Theme-based lesson plan
What You Will Learn
  • Six Subtypes of sensory processing disorder
  • 10 process elements of Ayres Sensory Integration® & Fidelity Measure©
  • Skilled clinical reasoning in OT-SI intervention
  • 7 components of effective sensory-based intervention
  • Practical evidence-based sensory strategies
  • Seven sequence structure of the Learn to Move, Move to Learn program
  • Integrating Learn to Move, Move to Learn in preschool, elementary school, & early intervention settings
  • Experience implementation of a theme-based lesson plan

Sample Theme Lesson Plans:

Learn to Move, Move to Learn:
Frogs ThemeDinosaurs Theme
 Learn to Move, Moving Up!
Car Wash ThemeInsects Theme