On December 16th, The Execu|Search Group’s Bridge Travel Healthcare staffing division hosted an in-house sensory integration workshop for their working therapists. The 90-minute workshop was led by Eva Rodriguez, PhD, OTR/L, a faculty member and chairperson of Stony Brook University’s Occupational Therapy Program.
“During the workshop, Eva gave a presentation that aimed to support participants’ understanding of how sensory integration as a brain function is related to everyday occupations and how it is manifested in the daily problems of children who experience difficulty with sensory integration,” explained Michelle Callahan, a Staffing Manager within Bridge Travel Healthcare who organized the workshop.
By the end of the event, the participants had the ability to:
- Explain the link between sensory input from the environment and the child’s adaptive response.
- Explain the clinical picture and hypothesized basis for problems in sensory modulation, defensiveness, and discrimination.
- Apply and adapt concepts from various models of consultation for Sensory Integration Interventions.
“This workshop was important because it enhanced the participants’ knowledge base and skills in sensory integration as a clinical frame of reference,” noted Michelle. “By learning about how to identify types of sensory integrative dysfunction, review approaches to clinical assessment, and identify characteristics of both direct and indirect modes of intervention that may be applied in either school based or home based settings, our therapists have been well equipped with the knowledge they need to continue providing high quality care to the children they work with.”