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Digital Seminar

Environmental Enrichment: A Sensory-Based Protocol to Reduce the Severity of Autism

Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L
2 Hours 05 Minutes
Feb 15, 2016
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  • A NEW sensory awareness and desensitization protocol:
    • Decrease autism symptoms and severity
    • Increase awareness of touch, temperature, vision and movement
    • Increase tolerance of sound and scent
  • Live demonstrations with children!
  • Latest research

In this workshop, you will learn how to customize and implement a sensory awareness and desensitization protocol for a child with autism of any age in a home or school setting. This evidence-based protocol (Woo & Leon, 2013, 2015) has been shown to reduce autism severity in children of all ages. You will walk away with 34 rotating activities that develop the child’s awareness to hot/cold, visual, touch, vestibular and sound sensations. Additional activities for speech, physical exercise and emotions are included and can be incorporated into the original protocol. You will learn how to adapt the 34 activities to give the child a just-right challenge. There will be live demonstrations of the activities.



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Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and author specializing in self-regulation and sensory and modulation issues. She has worked in schools, sensory clinics, and medical settings with children, adolescents, and adults with Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. Ms. Garland works closely with other mental health and allied rehab professionals, teachers, and doctors to understand and treat underlying sensory, timing, and coordination/motor planning issues as well as overlying socio/emotional behaviors and the symptoms of autism. She is trained/certified in the SIPT, Interactive Metronome®, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Therapeutic Listening, Wilbarger’s Sensory Defensiveness, the Natural Heart Approach, Mindfulness Training, and Food Chaining. 

Ms. Garland is the author of the award-winning book Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies: Keeping the Body, Mind and Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders (PESI, 2014). Her workbook, Hands-on Activities for Children with Autism & Sensory Disorders was published in April of 2016 (PESI).

As an author and international presenter, Ms. Garland has trained over 10,000 therapists and teachers in the art of using self-regulation interventions with the children they work with in clinics and classrooms. She also trains on working with children and adults with ADHD and children with autism. Ms. Garland has a master's in occupational therapy from the University of New Mexico. She writes a blog at


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Teresa Garland is a presenter with Michigan Job Rehabilitation. She receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Teresa Garland has no relevant non-financial relationships.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

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


  • Customize a sensory awareness and desensitization protocol for a child with autism of any age.
  • Administer 34 activities to develop the child’s awareness to hot/cold, visual, touch, vestibular and sound sensations.
  • Explain how to modify the enrichment protocol.
  • Incorporate activities for speech, physical exercise and emotions into the protocol.


Introduction to the Environmental Enrichment (EE) Protocol

  • What is it?
  • What evidence do we have?

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Enrichment Protocol

  • The short and long versions
  • The materials
  • How, where and when to put the protocol in place

Activities to Enrich the Senses in Autism

  • 34 activities
  • Live demonstrations with children

Modifications to the Enrichment Protocol

  • Grade the challenge with alternate activities
  • Add in speech, physical exercise, rhythm and emotional activities

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