2023 Short Course Series

Upcoming 90-Minute Short Courses
Registration $35/per course

Add-on AOTA CEUs Option Available for an Additional $20 (total $55)

Sensory 101

June 21, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Regulation 101

September 13, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Relationship 101

December 13, 2023
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

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Sensory 101 | Presented by Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L

It is well accepted that disordered sensory processing has profound impacts on development, mental health, and daily function. But the story goes deeper than that. With eight recognized sensory systems and 13 known subtypes of disordered sensory processing, the permutations are mind boggling! This short (1 ½ hour), introductory level course will describe each system, each subtype, and how these presentations are expressed in children and adults. It will also discuss the role and implication of disordered sensory processing as a co-occurring condition with other common developmental and mental health diagnoses (eg Autism, ADHD, anxiety, etc.). The bi-directional nature of sensory processing, regulation, and relationship will also be discussed as a context for intervention approaches.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Identify the main functions of each of the 8 discussed sensory systems
  • Define the different subtypes of the SPD Nosology
  • Identify the functional impacts of the SPD subtypes on individuals

Regulation 101 | Presented by Mim Ochsenbein, MSW, OTR/L

This brief, interactive discussion focuses on increasing understanding of the interconnected nature of sensory processing, regulation, and sense of safety. A discussion of concepts will be supported by interactive discussion, reflection, and opportunities to develop strategies for individual use in the home. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of regulation in engagement, participation and function
  • Classify 5 types of regulation
  • Explain the developmental nature of regulation throughout the lifespan
  • Compare the different sensory subtypes impact on regulation
  • Describe at least 3 regulation strategies that can be applied in clinical practice or in natural environments (home, school, workplace, community)

Who should attend
Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, special education teachers, and other individuals seeking a better understanding of disordered sensory processing (SPD). 

Program Faculty


  • STAR Institute faculty members receive a speaking fee for teaching this course
  • There are no other relevant financial or nonfinancial relationships to disclose