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Digital Seminar

Early Intervention for Social-Emotional Development: Successful Sensory-Based Strategies for Birth to 5 Years

Karen Lea Hyche, OTD, OTR/L
5 Hours 56 Minutes
Audio and Video
Mar 17, 2017
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You can make long-lasting and positive changes at an early age to improve behaviors, mental health and emotional well-being. Join national speaker, Karen Hyche OTD, OTR/L, as she teaches you strategies for successful social-emotional development for children birth to 5 years.

Social-emotional health is influenced by our physical and sensory system as well as our environment. You will learn much-needed strategies for infants and young children who have sensory processing disorders, autism spectrum disorder, development delays, behavior issues or speech and language delays to improve social-emotional development. You will develop special techniques for infants and toddlers that have difficulty transitioning, poor sleep habits and poor eating habits. Discover treatment strategies that will work in the home, daycare, school and clinic, including:

  • Sensory diets
  • Personal stories
  • Sensory motor
  • Environmental strategies
  • Strategies for daily follow through
  • Video-modeling


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 6.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Karen Lea Hyche, OTD, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with over 20 years specializing in sensory processing disorders, autism and learning disabilities. She is the owner of Hyche Center for Sensory & Motor Learning, in Jasper, Alabama, an occupational therapy clinic serving children (birth-16 years) with a variety of diagnoses including, but not limited to, developmental delays, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder, visual-perceptual deficits, poor handwriting, feeding difficulties and autism. Dr. Hyche served as the occupational therapist in two Jasper county public schools for four years working with children from preschool through high school. She continues to serve as a consultant for the public schools, as needed. Her experience includes providing psychiatric care for children (birth-18 years) while working at a psychiatric hospital. She is a member of the Alabama Early Intervention ICC and serves as the financial chair. Dr. Hyche serves as a fieldwork instructor for the OTA program at Wallace State Community College. She is certified through Western Psychological Services for instruction and administration of the Sensory Integration Praxis Test and is an ILS service provider. Dr. Hyche is the co-author of the book entitled, Classroom Strategies for Children with ADHD, Autism & Sensory Processing Disorders (PESI, 2014).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Karen Lea Hyche is an instructor at Wallace State Community College.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.  She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial:  Karen Lea Hyche has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.


  1. Summarize how sensory and motor systems affect social-emotional development.
  2. Analyze characteristics of sensory processing disorder, autism and general developmental delays.
  3. Formulate when a concern is related to sensory or behavior problems.
  4. Implement strategies for sleep and feeding concerns that can be used at home, daycare or school.
  5. Employ strategies that will help children maintain attention, focus and regulation.
  6. Design and demonstrate how to create plans for parents.
  7. Produce multi-sensory experiences in treatment to improve cognitive and social skills.


Foundations of Social-Emotional Development: Birth- 5 Years
  • Behavior
  • Temperament
  • Attachment & relationships
  • Disorders and delays that impact development
  • Sensory and motor developmental factors
  • Foundations for treatment: Current research
Evaluation Tools & Assessment for Service
  • Family assessments
  • Five area assessments
  • Social-emotional assess
Treatment-based Strategies for Motor Development
  • Sensory integration
  • Strength and coordination activities
  • Interactive Metronome
  • Music and movement
  • Timing and sequencing
Sensory-based Strategies for Feed
  • Assessing sensory areas that affect feeding; tactile, olfactory, gustatory and proprioception
  • Mealtime behaviors: Routine, structure and scheduling
  • Four step sensory approach
Strategies for Behavioral Disorders
  • Routines and schedules to decrease behaviors
  • Daily report cards to improve self-regulation
  • Impact of sleep and nutrition on behaviors and strategies for each
Strategies for Emotional Disorders
  • Self-regulation technique to avoid meltdowns
  • Build self-esteem and confidence to improve social skills
Communication Strategies
  • Visual schedules to decrease frustration
  • Augmentative communication to improve social and emotional development
  • Social-communication for developmentally appropriate peer play
Cognitive Strategies
  • Multi-sensory experiences to improve cognitive and social skills
  • Personal stories to improve school and community behaviors
  • Video-modeling to improve peer interaction

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Marriage & Family Therapists, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists/Physical Therapist Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals.

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