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Digital Seminar

Sensory and Motor Treatment for Social-Emotional Development: Proven Strategies for Children Birth to Five

Karen Lea Hyche, OTD, OTR/L
5 Hours 59 Minutes
Jun 15, 2016
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  • Timing and sequencing for motor development
  • Multi-sensory activities for sensory modulation
  • Self-regulation techniques to avoid melt downs
  • Personal stories for behavioral control
  • Video-modeling for social communication

Join national speaker, Karen Hyche OTD, OTR/L, and learn how our social-emotional health is influenced by our sensory and motor systems as well as our environment. Leave the seminar with an array of treatment strategies that will successfully help these little ones self-calm, develop bonds with family and friends, transition, and form better sleeping and eating habits—just to name a few. The strategies you will learn include:

  • Timing and sequencing for motor development
  • Multi-sensory activities for sensory modulation
  • Self-regulation techniques to avoid meltdowns
  • Personal stories for behavioral control
  • Video-modeling for social communication
  • Environmental interventions for smooth transitions
  • And more!

You will leave with the tools to make long-lasting and positive changes to improve behaviors, mental health and emotional well-being of the young children you work with! The treatment strategies work in the home, daycare, school and clinic.


- 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.


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


Foundations of Social-Emotional Development: Birth- 5 Years

  • Behavior
  • Temperament
  • Attachment and relationships
  • Disorders and delays that impact development
  • Sensory and motor developmental factors
  • Foundations for treatment:
  • Current research

Evaluation Tools & Assessment

  • Family assessments
  • Five area assessments
  • Social-emotional assessment

Treatment-based Strategies for Motor Development

  • Sensory Integration
  • Strength and coordination activities
  • Interactive Metronome
  • Music and movement
  • Timing and sequencing

Sensory-based Strategies for Feeding

  • 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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