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Digital Seminar

Sensory-Based In-Session: Strategies, Techniques & Equipment for Children with ASD, SPD, & ADHD

Varleisha D. Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS
1 Hour 53 Minutes
Dec 08, 2014
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Join sensory and self-regulation expert, Varleisha Gibbs, OTD, OTR/L, and discover various sensory strategies, techniques, and equipment to use when working with children with ASD, SPD, and ADHD. The underlying neurological components will be reviewed to connect neuroanatomy to practice. Through live demonstrations at a sensory clinic, you will learn what types of equipment you should purchase for your clinic as well as their appropriate use, when to use them, and for how long. Video examples of children in a sensory clinic will be used to demonstrate correct versus incorrect methods including how to maneuver the equipment for the sought response as well as what happens when equipment is used incorrectly.

A unique emphasis will be given to the neurological background, in relation to specific treatment techniques. Evidence-based practice will be an integral part of reviewing theories and current treatment techniques. Treatment techniques to be analyzed include: sound-based, movement, and vision-based therapies.



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Varleisha D. Gibbs, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, ASDCS, is an occupational therapist and author with over 18 years of experience working with children and adolescents diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing disorders, and Neurological disorders. She is the vice president of practice engagement and capacity building at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Dr. Gibbs is the former scientific programs officer at the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. She also served as the inaugural chair and director of the master's programs in occupational therapy at Wesley College in Dover, DE where she was a tenured associate professor. Prior to joining Wesley, Dr. Gibbs worked at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA where she served as the director of the doctoral programs in occupational therapy.

Dr. Gibbs is steadfast and an expert in the field of neurology, cognition, and pediatric therapeutic intervention. She lectures and provides training on sensory processing strategies and self-regulation to practitioners, parents, and teachers throughout the country and internationally. As co-author of Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders, she has provided families with strategies to understand and care for their children. Dr. Gibbs is the developer of the self-regulation and mindfulness program and author of the best-selling, Self-Regulation and Mindfulness: Exercise and Worksheets for Sensory Processing Disorder, 85 Activities to Move Clients Toward Healing, Growth and Improved Functioning (PESI Publishing & Media, May 2021). Dr. Gibbs is certified as an Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS).


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Varleisha Gibbs has employment relationships with the American Occupational Therapy Association and Wesley College. She receives a speaking honorarium and recording and book royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Dr. Varleisha Gibbs serves on the Commission on Practice committee for the American Occupational Therapy Association. and is a member of the Freelee Foundation Executive Board of Directors. She is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the National Black Occupational Therapy Caucus.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

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


  • Gain knowledge relating to the neuroscience behind self-regulation
  • Understand the cause and effect of intervention techniques as they relate to neurological components
  • Determine the specific equipment and techniques to use for what type of child
  • Identify how long and how often to use sound-based, movement, and vision-based therapy techniques
  • Apply appropriate strategies that work for treating children with ASD, SPD and ADHD



  • The Neurological connection: background information on the Central Nervous System and Autonomic Nervous System and self-regulation


  • Theories and principles for treatment interventions: To include Polyvagal and Sensory Integration theories

Current Treatment and Intervention

  • Traditional Strategies: When and how to use swings, climbing, and crashing activities
  • Sound-based Therapies: Identify what music to use, when to use it, and for whom
  • Movement Therapies: Appropriate use of yoga, Pilates, dance and drum therapy
  • Vision Therapies: Use eye yoga and tracking games

Application of Strategies that work

  • Awakening the Vagus Nerve: The use of breathe, Valsava, and massage

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