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Sensory Processing in Autism - OT13

Sensory Processing in Autism

by Lauren Little, PhD, OT/L
(4.3 / 2174 ratings )

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

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Sensory processing differences are common among individuals with autism spectrum disorders and are now included in the diagnostic criteria for the condition. Sensory processing patterns include hyper-responsiveness, hyporesponsiveness, and sensory seeking. Sensory features vary among and within individuals with ASD and largely depend on contextual factors. Specific sensory processing patterns have been found to affect adaptive behavior and activity participation differentially among those with ASD. Sensory processing can be assessed using parent and self-report measures. A few behavioral observational measures exist to measure sensory features among individuals with ASD. Occupational and physical therapists can best support our clients by working with families and individuals with ASD to understand how sensory preferences and aversions impact participation in everyday life. 


The course will be discontinued on October 13, 2019. Please plan to finish the course by October 12 if you wish to earn credit.

The goal of this autism spectrum disorder continuing education program is to provide occupational therapists and physical therapists with information on how sensory processing can affect activity participation and adaptive behavior among individuals with ASD. This module also presents sensory processing assessments to use in practice. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define sensory processing patterns and prevalence of sensory processing differences among individuals with ASD
  • Identify evidence related to specific sensory differences in those with ASD
  • Describe how sensory processing patterns are associated with other core features of ASD
  • Describe how sensory processing may impact activity participation and adaptive behavior in ASD
  • Describe the assessment tools available to therapists to measure sensory processing in ASD
Content Level: Introductory
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Domain 1: Performance skills
Domain 2: Client factors
Process 3: Evaluation

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including occupational therapists and physical therapists.
Occupational Therapists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Relias LLC, is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Provider #4000. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 9/15/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 10/13/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/13/2019

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

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


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CAROL S - Milan, IN  ·  Oct 02, 2019
Enjoyed this course and good review for me
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Allyse A - Dayton, OH  ·  Aug 15, 2019
Very basic overview of sensory processing. It is good for someone who has no experience or knowledge of the topic.
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Hillary W - Durham, NC  ·  May 27, 2019
good descriptor and informative but nothing practical to take away from reading
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Kimberly B - Phoenix, AZ  ·  Apr 07, 2019
Defines sensory processing and assessments tools used in diagnosis of Autism.
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Amanda S - Brick, NJ  ·  Feb 24, 2019
Working in an environment where I already encounter students with sensory processing deficits and ASD, this did not teach me anything I have not already observed.
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50