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The Traffic Jam In My Brain ONLINE

A Sensory Processing Approach to Challenges Associated with
Autism, ADHD, Learning and Behavioural Differences

Seven contact hours of material presented by international speaker Genevieve Jereb, OTR

This online course is presented in eight modules. When you log in with your user ID and password, we will keep track of your progress along the way, and when you complete the course, a certificate of completion will be made available for you to download and print.

Complete Course Contents

  1. Module One (67 minutes)
    • What is a sensory integration?
    • What is a sensory modulation?
    • What is sensory discrimination?
    • Understanding a developmental approach versus a product oriented approach
  2. Module Two (43 minutes)
    • Defining sensory profiles that may present in the nervous system
    • Defining a typical nervous system
    • Understanding sensory defensiveness e.g.Does my child have overactive protective responses to everyday sensations and events?
    • Understanding a state of sensory overload e.g. Does my child seem to ‘disconnect,’ shut down, withdraw or ‘space out’ in environments or interactions when overwhelmed?
    • Defining a state of low arousal – Does my child have difficulty alerting or attending to tasks throughout a typical day?
    • Understanding the sensory seeker or narrow band child – Does my child seem to crave intensity, movement and input to stay connected and attentive throughout a regular day?
  3. Module Three (37 minutes)
    • What can I do if my child has difficulties with:
      Regulation? / Attention? / Learning?
      Connection and engagement with others?
      Self calming or self soothing?
    • When do I refer to Occupational Therapy?
    • What is Self Regulation?
    • What is a Sensory Diet?
    • How do I choose and set up planned sensory inputs and events that will support my child’s nervous system for optimal success in his/her day to day life?
  4. Module Four (27 minutes)
    • What are the major structures of the brain that impact
      Arousal? / Regulation? / Attention? / Focus?
    • The power of ‘proprioceptive input’
    • Understanding the impact of heavy work to the muscles and joints
    • Understanding how and when to use deep pressure to the muscles and joints
    • Understanding key components of proprioceptive input
      i.e. alignment, uneven surfaces, inclines, using the body as a container, active versus passive
  5. Module Five – Respiration (61 minutes)
    • Understanding how efficient respiration patterns impact
      Attention / Learning / Behavior
    • Overall organization of the nervous system
    • Simple ways to assess if my child is not breathing efficiently
    • Defining and understanding the key components that support the breath in playful ways
    • Understanding posture, positioning and core strengthening in facilitating efficient respiration patterns
    • Extending the exhale to deepen the inhale
    • Using the voice
    • Using respiration toys
    • Using music
    • Hand placement to facilitate maximum and efficient breathing patterns
    • Wrestling and rough n’tumble play
    • Other playful strategies to enhance efficient respiration patterns in the dysregulated child
  6. Module Six – Rhythm and Entrainment (71 minutes)
    • Poor regulation of the nervous system is a state of poor rhythmicity
    • Getting kids in sync using stronger external rhythms to support regulation, attention, sleep, feeding, behavior, passive and active learning and memory through:
      Therapeutic use of self
      Playground equipment
      Using rhythms on the body
      Musical selections
  7. Module Seven – Relationship, Engagement and Learning (61 minutes)
    • How can my child have meaningful relationships with peers?
    • How to support my child in living a purpose-filled life?
    • Using a developmental ‘process’ oriented approach to learning
    • Following the child’s lead
    • Avoiding power struggles
    • Enhancing the child’s abilities to build on his/her ideas
    • Providing choices that are acceptable
    • Validating emotions
    • Supporting successful transitions
    • Supporting safety, exploration, risk taking and competency
  8. Module Eight – Summary (10 minutes)
    • Review of Learning Concepts
    • Videos and testimonials
    • Question and answer exercises to solidify the learning experience