Sensory Integration Tools: What, When & Why They Help


November 12, 2016, Decatur, GA


When working with children with significant sensory impairments and additional difficulties, a consideration of the functions of ALL the senses can help us to understand what a child wants and needs, why they self-stimulate. “Children who have disabilities, including deafblindness, ‘integrate’ their senses but sometimes with a maladaptive and nonproductive outcome such as self-stimulatory behaviors. A child with deafblindness does not experience the simple absence or loss of vision and hearing. Touch, taste, smell, balance, muscle position, sight, and hearing are so interdependent in the integration process, that it is rarely possible for children to have a normal pattern of development without all of them. Understanding the integration of the remaining senses becomes especially important for those seeking to help children with deafblindness lead enriched lives that are as happy, satisfying, and productive as possible.”


Christy Kennedy, OTR/L

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Participants will be able to explain how sensory processing impacts the activities of daily living.
  2. Participants will be able to identify Sensory Integration tools.
  3. Participants will be able to recognize indicators of when to use those tools and employ those tools.


This activity is offered for up to 0.3 CEUs (2.75 hours of instruction). To register for CEUs:
  1. Download, and complete the following forms.
  2. Save the files names: 161112_ESoA_Lastname-Firstname.xls
  3. Send both files to
  4. CEU certificate will be sent after submitting the two forms

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