2-Day Sensory Defensiveness Workshop: A Comprehensive Treatment Approach

When & Where
20th August 2009 (9am to 10pm) & 21st August 2009 (9am to 5pm)
NTUC Business Centre
1 Marina Boulevard Level 8
Marina Boulevard, Singapore

Faculty
Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OTR
Patricia Wilbarger, MEd, OTR, FAOTA

Course Objectives
* Understand the key features of sensory defensiveness and how it disrupts occupational performance
* Demonstrate knowledge of clinical strategies for the treatment of sensory defensiveness across a variety of age and disability groups, including developing client awareness, creating a “sensory diet”, and applying a direct treatment approach to various clinical populations.
* Identify symptoms of sensory defensiveness at different ages, using a specialized clinical interview
* Provide direct clinical management for clients being treated for sensory defensiveness
* Have an overview of the emerging psychological and neuroscience theories related to this condition as a basis for further study and research.

Course Description
Sensory defensiveness is a serious sensory modulation problem that is often misidentified and infrequently treated effectively. This workshop will introduce an in depth, clinical approach to treating sensory defensiveness. Sensory defensiveness will be described across multiple age and diagnostic groups. The relation between sensory defensiveness and emerging psychological and neuroscience theories of behaviour will be considered.

The evening clinical labs offered in the course consist of training in specific assessment and treatment techniques, including the protocols developed by Patricia Wilbarger. Practicum exercises incorporate detecting and analyzing sensory-based behaviour, activity planning (the “sensory diet”), and the management of individual cases using advanced clinical reasoning procedures.

Clinical work over four decades and advances in basic neuroscience has resulted in a specific, multidimensional treatment approach for sensory defensiveness that has a dramatic impact on many clients. This integrated approach is client-centered and requires advanced clinical reasoning. Direct training is vital for appropriate application of the Therapressure Technique (Wilbarger approach) for treating Sensory defensiveness.

For more information on how to register for this course, please visit the Ovspring website.

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