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Digital Seminar

Autism, ADHD and Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Cutting-Edge Sensory Strategies for Mental Health Treatment

Miriam Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L
6 Hours 09 Minutes
Apr 26, 2017
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  • Sensory strategies to enhance effectiveness of “talk therapy”
  • Discover keys to unlocking more complex co-morbidities
  • Experiential learning through simulations, games, tools and small group collaboration
  • Rewire the brain to increase self-regulation, organization and communication

Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L, will teach you how to apply the sensory processing approach to psychotherapy for optimal results with children and adolescents.

Sensory processing is a key element of your clients’ ability to function in daily life. In this seminar you’ll learn the sensory-based gaps found in the mental health treatment of children and adolescents with Autism, ADHD and Anxiety disorders, and how to treat them.

Using her unique and specialized skill sets as a social worker and an occupational therapist, Mim will show you new and effective tools to address self-regulation, relationship development and executive functioning. You will be able to identify and immediately implement key sensory changes to:

  • Enhance therapeutic interactions
  • Improve regulation across environments
  • Increase organization and successful completion of tasks
  • Attain optimal arousal for increased engagement in the therapeutic process

Through case examples, videos, interactive opportunities, role play, and small group collaborations, you will walk away with a new and clear connection between these conditions (Autism, ADHD and anxiety) and sensory processing deficits! Integrating these simple and effective sensory-based strategies immediately into your mental health practice will increase results and improve your client outcomes!


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Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L, has been practicing pediatric occupational therapy for the past 18 years. Her OT practice has included early intervention, school-based, clinic-based, in-home and residential settings. She specializes in sensory processing issues, autism, and twice exceptional children. Recently, she has married her occupational therapy experience and masters of social welfare degree by developing programs for non-profit organizations that provide both mental health and rehabilitation services for children and adolescents. Mim has also taught Pediatric OT Theory and Adolescent Conditions in Mental Health in the MSOT program at California State University – Dominguez Hills. She is certified through Western Psychological Services for instruction and administration of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test.

Speaker disclosure:

Financial: Mim Ochsenbein has an employment relationship with STAR Institute. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.  She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial:  Mim Ochsenbein is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the National Association of Social Workers.  Ms. Ochsenbein is also the mother to a child diagnosed with ADHD.



  1. Assess and describe key sensory issues in children and adolescents with DSM-5® diagnoses that impact their day-to-day functioning.
  2. Summarize principles of sensory processing related to attachment and how they overlap.
  3. Recognize symptoms of ASD, ADHD, and Anxiety disorders that can be addressed using sensory strategies/techniques.
  4. Explain how sensory processing techniques/strategies can improve self-regulation skills in children and adolescents with ASD, ADHD, and Anxiety disorders.
  5. Design and implement strategies for improving organization of self in a child with ADHD or ASD
  6. Discuss strategies to increase communication between a child and therapist during “talk therapy”.


Sensory Processing and ASD

  • Self-Stimulation as Sensory Seeking/Avoiding Behaviors
  • Triggers that Interfere with Engagement and Communication
  • Experiential Exercise, Case Examples

Sensory Processing and ADHD

  • How Sound Impacts Inattention
  • Link Touch to Hyperactivity
  • Recognize Sensory-Based Anxiety in ADHD
  • Direct Connection between Sensory Processing, Executive Functioning & ADHD

Sensory Processing and Anxiety

  • Does Anxiety Cause Sensitivity or Does Sensitivity Cause Anxiety?
  • Triggers that lead to Social Avoidance Behaviors

Sensory Strategies to Improve Overall Function

  • Recognize Your Own Sensory Profile
  • Use Yourself as a Regulator for the Over-Aroused Client with ASD, ADHD and Anxiety
  • Sensory-Based Tips to Improve Your Engagement With a Child with ASD

Environmental Strategies

  • Decrease Environmental Sensory Triggers
  • Tools to Increase Self-Regulation, Organization and Communication

Task Interventions for Success

  • Organizational Systems
  • Time Tools – What to Use, What to Avoid
  • Steps to Simplify Tasks and Reduce Stress Responses

Organize and Regulate Activities

  • The Sensory Rules: Key Inputs for Optimal Results
  • Collaborative Planning
  • Organize Circuits to Prevent Regulation Short Circuits
  • Rhythmicity to Facilitate Engagement and Communication
  • Cognitive/Behavioral Strategies for Accurate Self-Identification and Alteration of Arousal State

Experiential Learning: Role-Play, Case Studies, Video Examples, Demonstration and Collaboration

  • Experience Sensory Processing From a Client’s Perspective
  • Explore Various Sensory Tools to Use in Your Practice
  • Role-Play to Practice Strategy Implementation
  • Case Studies to Demonstrate Specific Interventions for ASD, ADHD & Anxiety
  • Develop Strategy Implementation Plans

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, and other Mental Health Professionals.

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