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Sensory Processing in Autism - OT13

Sensory Processing in Autism

by Karen Harpster, OTR/L, MOT and Catherine Hoyt, OTD/OTR/L
(4.4 / 1854 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Sensory processing is a term used to describe how the nervous system receives sensory stimulation through tactile, olfactory, gustatory, visual, auditory or vestibular senses, and the ability of the client to use that information to produce an adaptive response. Deficits in sensory processing are common among those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Those with deficits in sensory processing can have trouble participating in day-to-day activities because sensory information is not being interpreted effectively by the brain. It is important to select an appropriate tool to evaluate sensory processing so interventions meet the needs of the client.


The goal of this sensory processing continuing education program is to provide occupational therapists with information regarding sensory processing in those with autism spectrum disorders. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define sensory processing and its prevalence in the autism population
  • Demonstrate an understanding of evidence that supports sensory processing deficits in autism
  • Describe the assessment tools available to occupational therapists to measure sensory processing in autism

Content Level: Intermediate

Content Focus

Domain 1: Performance skills
Domain 2: Client factors
Process 3: Evaluation

Accreditation Information is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Continuing education approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association is accepted for relicensure by the state boards for occupational therapists in: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia.


Course Originally Released on: 9/15/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/23/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/23/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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Deborah L - Wyandotte, MI  ·  Jan 26, 2015
I am exploring school-based practice for the first time and hope to be volunteering by next year in hopes of employment soon after and this is a good start to learning assessment tools and gaining perspective of the autism spectrum related to sensory intergration. I was especially grateful for all resources at the end I can dig into.
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Tracy G - Moreno Valley, CA  ·  Jan 17, 2015
As a therapist that works with students with Autism, this class was an excellent review.
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Maureen G - Carlsbad, CA  ·  Jan 11, 2015
suggest that the incorrect answers- show the correct for learning purposes
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Misty S - Girard, KS  ·  Jan 07, 2015
great content regarding this subject
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Tara T - Theodore, AL  ·  Jan 02, 2015
It was an easy course to navigate through and informative start to information regarding sensory processing
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