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Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Course

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Sensory Processing Disorder describes a difference in the way that some people's senses are processed by the brain. This course provides an in-depth understanding of the condition, including the symptoms and behaviours associated with it, diagnosis, prevalence, history, therapies and interventions, and how you can provide support.

What You Will Learn

Whether you are a neophyte or already have some knowledge in this area, this course will provide you with a greater understanding of Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Also known as Sensory Integration Dysfunction, Sensory Sensitivities or Sensory Over-Responsivity, you will be taught about how the condition is recognised in the medical profession, why it is often misdiagnosed, and its common comorbidities. It is not a condition that affects everyone in the same way and the intensity of its effects is dependent on stimuli. To ensure understanding, the course goes through the various senses and the ways in which sufferers of SPD can be hypersensitive, hyposensitive, or even a mixture of the two.

Although awareness has recently increased, it can still be difficult to get a diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder. This makes it is particularly important to know the symptoms of the condition and the behaviours that present themselves in the young children and adults who suffer from it. The sooner it can be diagnosed, the better, as modifications to the environment can be made and the right support can be put in place before self-esteem and self-confidence issues arise. The course explains the common symptoms that can occur in children and adults and the ways in which these are often misinterpreted.

As getting a diagnosis of Sensory Processing Disorder can sometimes be difficult, this course outlines the routes you may take in gaining help and the obstacles that you may come up against. The history of the condition is also explained, along with what research is being made into the causes of the condition and the differences in how its prevalence is perceived.

Currently, it is Occupational Therapists who are the leaders in the field, as far as intervention and therapy for those afflicted with Sensory Processing Disorder are concerned. The course looks further into this role, with an overview of how they work and what sort of therapies they may be able to offer. If you don't have access to therapy, or would like advice on how you can be more involved with your child's condition, the course also provides useful information in how you can provide support at home. Also included, are strategies that educators can implement in the classroom to enable effective learning to those with SPD.

Who Would Benefit from the Course?

Educators who wish to be able to recognise the disorder and cater education for those who have SPD will learn a lot here, as will therapists (in particular Occupational Therapists) who wish to increase their understanding of the disorder.

The Sensory Processing Disorder Awareness Course is a valuable source of information for any parent who knows or suspects that their child has SPD, (especially if they have been diagnosed with ADHD or Autism) and wishes to develop a comprehensive understanding of the condition.

Frequently Asked Questions

There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus

Module 1: What is Sensory Processing Disorder?

  • How We Process Information from the World Around Us
  • Diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder
    • Co-Morbidities
    • Why it is Frequently Misdiagnosed
  • Our Eight Senses
    • Vision
    • Hearing
    • Touch
    • Taste and Smell
    • Proprioception
    • Vestibular
    • Interoception
  • SPD Responses
    • Main Types of SPD Responses
    • SPD Differences
  • Key Learning Points
  • Assessment

Module 2: Symptoms and Behaviours

  • Importance of Early Identification of SPD
    • SPD in Older Children and Adults
    • SPD in Earlier Generations
  • SPD Symptoms
    • Differences Between Sensory Avoiders and Sensory Seekers
    • Common SPD Symptoms in Adults
    • Common Symptoms of SPD in a Small Child
    • Common Symptoms in Sensory Seeking Children
  • SPD Can Look Like Bad Behaviour
  • Meltdowns
    • Meltdown Triggers
    • What Triggers a Meltdown?
    • Absence of Self-Control and Self-Awareness
    • The Frightening Intensity of Meltdowns
    • Characteristics of a Meltdown
    • Meltdown Calming Strategies
    • Meltdown Prevention
    • Impact of Meltdowns on the Rest of the Family
  • Parents and SPD
    • Social Stigma
    • Behaviour as Communication
  • Anxiety
    • Anxiety and Meltdowns
  • SPD and Food
    • Food Issues - Sensory Avoiders
    • Food Issues - Sensory Seekers
    • SPD Food Issues are Complex
    • How SPD Food Issues Make Parents Feel
    • Seeking Medical Help
  • Key Learning Points
  • Assessment

Module 3: Diagnosis, Causes, Prevalence and History of SPD

  • SPD from Birth?
    • Toddlerhood
    • Early Signs
    • Piecing things together
  • Diagnosing Sensory Processing Disorder
    • GP Involvement
    • Watching and Waiting
    • Health Visitor
    • Getting an SPD Diagnosis
    • Other Conditions to Consider
    • CAMHS
    • Other Diagnostic Routes
    • Multidisciplinary Team
  • History of SPD
    • Jean Ayres 1920 - 1988
    • Sensory Integration
    • Hidden Disabilities
    • Mental Traffic Jam
    • Sensory Integration and Learning Disorders, 1972
    • Sensory Integration and the Child, 1979
    • Name Change
    • The Out of Sync Child
    • A Diagnostic "No Man's Land"
  • The Need for Controlled Clinical Trials
    • Continuing Research
    • The SPD Foundation and DSM-5
    • World Health Organisation ICD 10
  • Causes and Prevalence
  • Key Learning Points
  • Assessment

Module 4: Therapies, Interventions and How You Can Help At Home and School

  • Occupational Therapy
    • What is Occupational Therapy?
    • How does an Occupational Therapist work?
    • Enabling and Abilities
    • Sensory Integration Therapy
    • The Sensory Diet
    • Holistic Approach
    • OT Role in Specialist Equipment Recommendations
  • How Parents Can Help
    • You Know Your Child Best
    • Ideas and Suggestions to Try At Home
  • Education
    • Happy Children Learn Better
    • Some Strategy Suggestions
  • Key Learning Points
  • Assessment

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

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