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Clinical Assessment and Practical Interventions for Praxis:
From Ideation to Execution

13 Contact Hours (1.3 AOTA & ASHA CEUs)

Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Advanced Level Course

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This two day workshop will present an overview of the components of praxis with an emphasis on clinical assessment and intervention of practic problems. The impact of various practic problems on functional performance will be highlighted. A framework for observing, problem solving and identifying ideation, motor planning, sequencing, bilateral coordination and projected sequence problems within a sensory integration treatment model will be presented. Practical intervention strategies using both top-down and bottom-up approaches will be highlighted through videotapes, case studies and lecture formats. A previous knowledge of Sensory Integration treatment principles will be helpful.

Suggested Audience: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, and Early Intervention Specialists

This course is offered for 1.3 AOTA CEUs (Performance Skills, Evaluation, Intervention)

This course is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs (Advanced Level; Related Area)

Objectives: Participants will be able to:
1. Describe the underlying neural and sensory mechanisms of the various practic dysfunctions.
2. Observe, assess and differentiate the range of practic dysfunctions from ideation to execution problems.
3. Apply top-down and bottom-up treatment principles appropriately to different practic problems using a problem solving framework.
4. Explain how various praxis problems impact functional performance and identify strategies for improving performance.

Schedule* 13 Contact Hours
Day 1

8:00 Registration
8:30 • Introduction to Praxis • Overview of Praxis and Dyspraxia
10:00 Break
10:30 • Introduction to Top-Down Approaches and Cognitive Learning Theory • Overview of Top-Down Strategies for Intervention
12:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 • Brief Neurology of Praxis • Models for Looking at Praxis
2:30 Break
3:00 • A New Model for Assessment and Clinical Reasoning for Intervention in Praxis • Clinical Reasoning Lab • Questions and Answers
4:30 Adjourn
Day 2
8:00 • Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Arousal, Rhythmicity and Sequencing
• Case Study and Treatment Planning
10:00 Break
10:15 • Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Ideation
12:00 Lunch on your own
1:00 • Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Motor Planning
2:45 Break
3:00 • Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Bilateral Coordination and Projected Action • Sequences • Questions and Answers
4:30 Adjourn

* Topic times may vary; contact hours do not.

Teresa A. May-Benson
• Receives a speaking fee from Professional Development Programs.
• Speaker has no non-financial relationships to disclose.

Participant comments:

“Very thorough – great intermediate course! Learned new great information, even after years of treating SI.”

“Course was very helpful in breaking down components of praxis as well as giving great insight of ways to improve therapy sessions and address Praxis intervention.”

“As always love PDP courses. Love having products to buy…Bring more!”

“Thank you! Changed the way I looked at treatment and organized my sessions.”

“Teresa has integrated a tremendous amount of research and clinical information regarding Praxis and presents it to clinicians in an assessment, observation and organized manner that will elevate any therapist’s treatment skills. Thank you! I look forward to the level 2 course (Clinical Reasoning & Treatment Planning for Praxis Intervention).”

“Great! Lot of information. It also made sense with why we do what we do.”

“Great presentation! Thanks for keeping it real.”

“Excellent workshop, well organized, lots of information, well presented with a good balance of theory, assessment and treatment ideas!”

“Great course – just switched to pediatrics/school based 3 months ago after working in rehab for most of my career. Have a lot of great info now! Thank you!”

“Great speaker, very knowledgeable, good use of videos, notes, examples. Excellent course with great applicable info, can’t wait to take the follow-up course (Clinical Reasoning & Treatment Planning for Praxis Intervention).”

“I’ve learned more about the effects of sensory processing treatment in this course than past ‘sensory’ courses – makes more sense.”

“(Teresa) reminds me of the late Bonnie Hanschu – energetic, passionate and knowledgeable of the course material.”

“…this has been major, terrific, empowering, and affirming.”

“I really appreciate how vocabulary and concepts kept on getting integrated and defined across settings.”

"Really clarified a lot about praxis & the continuum...I've been to a number of conferences lately that have not met my needs or has been too intro/basic in nature. Thank you Teresa! Very good conference that I will recommend to peers."

"Appreciated a conference for therapists who have years of practice! Wish my colleagues had been here. Thanks Teresa!"

"I had many 'aha!' moments. Thanks so much!"

"This has been the best workshop I have attended in years. Teresa knows her topic, is an excellent speaker & brought it all together for me."

"Teresa did a great job of explanation, interspersing video, lecture, lab activities. Her workshop is so beneficial for the clinical therapists at a level beyond entry level. Thank you!!"

“(This course) was very comprehensive.”

“Teresa May Benson was an excellent speaker! I learned so much about praxis. I definitely want to attend another one of her courses.”

“The course was excellent. Ms. Benson is an intelligent and engaging speaker…I thoroughly enjoyed this course!”

“Great information! I learned a lot!”


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