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Sensory Processing in Autism - OT13

Sensory Processing in Autism

by Lauren Little, PhD, OT/L
(4.3 / 2144 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 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

OnCourse Learning 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.
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. OnCourse Learning 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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Caroline C - Oxford , MS  ·  May 30, 2018
I feel that I gained a great amount of knowledge in this complex topic and feel more focused in my treatment approach with this patient population.
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Satish P - Azusa, CA  ·  May 27, 2018
I will be very much able to describe the assessment tools available to therapists to measure sensory processing in ASD
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Sara P - Cooper City, FL  ·  May 01, 2018
Very informative and great example to go along with the information!
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Michele F - Austin, TX  ·  Mar 21, 2018
Good course for people who do not have experience with sensory integration.
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Marlo W - austin, TX  ·  Mar 16, 2018
A great refresher. I enjoyed the testing section
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Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50