Sensory Diets are commonly utilized by pediatric occupational therapists, including school based therapists, early interventionists, and general pediatric clinicians. Most typically, the sensory diet is selected to address a concern related to difficulties in sensory modulation. The concept of a "sensory diet" (as originated by Patricia Wilbarger) is often included in treatment plans, IEP's, etc. However, the power of a sensory diet is only as strong as the underlying clinical reasoning. Unfortunately, many therapists use "sensory tools" without a strong underlying theory base or without grounding the intervention in sound neuroscience principals. As such, many sensory diets are limited in their impact and this leads families and school teams to not adhere to the prescribed intent, intensity, or scope of the full sensory diet. This can result in the plan being abandoned or losing its intended focus or purpose.
This one day course will sharpen your clinical reasoning skills and allow you to harness the power of the sensory diet concept. The course will focus on neurologically based principals that drive the selection and timing of the inputs utilized in the sensory diet. The course will also bring contemporary issues related to relationship based intervention into the context of the sensory diet concept. The course helps each clinician to use the sensory diet concept to enhance outcomes and ensure best practice!
This blog post was contributed by Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, presenter of Session K.