Sensory Processing Disorder and the Trauma Continuum
Contact Hours (1.3 AOTA & ASHA CEUs)
Ana do Valle, OTR, SEP
Intermediate Level Course
Location & Hotel Info.
There has been an increased need for training and developing intervention plans that include sensory approaches (sensory learning, ASI®), developing sensory supportive modifications to physical environments, and interdisciplinary training involving sensory processing interventions.
This course will explore the basic knowledge and foundation for fostering autonomic regulation, therefore creating stabilization and homeostasis in the nervous system. The emphasis will be in using play, following the Polyvagal Theory of Social Engagement (Porges) to foster safety and healing.
By introducing the bottom to top approach using sensory input to organize the matrix of the self (somatic markers) the participants will review case studies and learn exercises to facilitate regulation, embodiment, and empowerment. The theoretical model and applications of Somatic Experiencing (SE®) will be described in this course as the primary model for a body centered trauma informed recovery model.
Suggested Audience: Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Learning Specialists, Teachers, & Parents
This course is offered for 1.3 AOTA CEUs
This course is offered for 1.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level; Related Area)
Objectives: Participants will be able to:
1. Compare the clinical finds of attachment, sensory systems and its application in arousal and autonomic regulation.
2. Identify the correlation in between Sensory Processing Disorder and Trauma.
3. Differentiate among Sensory Processing Disorders.
4. Discuss the correlation in between SPD, trauma, and disease.
5. Demonstrate specific activities / strategies for implementing a sensory motor based approach in trauma informed interventions.
Schedule* 13 Contact Hours
8:30 Somatic Experiencing: Theoretical Model/Application/Exercises
10:30 Sensory Integration/Sensory Processing Disorder: Theoretical Model/Application/Exercises
1:15 The Arousal Continuum
1:45 Polyvagal System: Autonomic Regulation/Limbic Arousal/ Dorsal Vagal Freeze/ Ventral Vagal Integration/Heart Rate Variability/Exercise
2:30 Sensory Systems
3:30 Correlation in between Sensory Preferences and the Attachment Styles: Over Responsiveness and Anxious/Avoidant Attachment Style. Under Responsiveness and Disorganized Attachment Style.
8:00 Diseases of Trauma and case studies:
• HPA axis Hypothalamic/pituitary: hypo-hyper thyroid
• Diseases of Somatic Dissociation: Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
• Diseases of Procedural Memory: Chronic Pain
• Diseases of Freeze: Irritable Bowel
• Syndromes of kindling: Hyperacusis, Tactile Defensiveness
11:00 Manifestation of Dissociation/ Conversion Reaction and the use of a Sensory Based Routine to promote health
11:30 Sensory Defensiveness and Relational Trauma
1:00 Preventing and treating Medical Trauma and Sensory Processing related problems: Core Elements
3:30 Procedural Memory, Sensory Systems, and Trauma: A bottom to top approach in healing trauma. Exercises.
*Topic times may vary; contact hours do not.
Ana Do Valle
• Financial disclosure: Receives a speaking fee from Professional Development Programs.
• Non-financial disclosure: Consults voluntarily on developing teaching materials for the Trauma Institute.
“Ana is an amazing speaker and teacher.”
“This course was a great bridge in integrating the techniques from somatic processing for trauma along with strategies and theory from SI therapy.”
“Great things to use at work with children and families. Better understand of the body and how body stores trauma. How to repair trauma in the body.”
“Overall this was a great course with a lot of wonderful information and ideas to bring into practice. I think whether or not we know trauma is present we can use this when looking at the whole person approach. This to me is what Occupational Therapy is all about!”
“ (I) Think this is a treatment approach that could link the counselor role to the SI role (OT) and lead to a better focus for therapy – get to cause not just modification of behaviors.”
“Lots to take in and integrate. Very interesting – very much things I want to use and integrate this information.”
“Excellent job integrating SE and Sensory Processing. Use of music exceptional.”
“A great course to present both SI and SEP information – and provide interest with SEP info for working with clients.”
“This lady has the most knowledge that I have experienced. She is what she teaches. I have been so blessed to attend – I wish she had a book here at the conference to purchase – I plan to research any articles she may have published. Thank you, PDP!”
“Ana has shared so much that makes sense! Trauma -> sensory system disorders -> disassociation or mental health conditions. But there is hope. By using SI methods, they can fix the body and allow people to work past the sensory “jam”…Thank you!”