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 Bringing Play & Relationship to Sensory-based OT: The Neurodevelopment of Regulation

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Presented by Lisa M. Porter, PhD, OTD, OTR/L (Faculty)

Tuesday, March, 23 2021
10:00 AM-11:00 AM MST (12:00 PM-1:00 PM EST)

This course begins with an overview of the roles of play and relationship in the neurological development of regulation, with a focus on children with disordered sensory processing. Drawing from the works of Drs. Daniel Siegel, Theresa Kestly, and Steven Porges, among others, we explore how to incorporate these concepts into occupational therapy practice. We will discuss concrete steps toward supporting regulation through Sensory Integration Therapy and the power of play.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the physiological basis for intense behavioral responses in children with disordered sensory processing
  • Recognize the importance of using play to create the just-right safe space for neurological growth and development
  • Explain how to create playful connections in sensory-based OT sessions
  • Relate the role of your own arousal level during treatment to the outcomes of treatment sessions

$40 for OTs/SLPs/Other Providers*
Includes Certificate of Completion

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$20 for Parents/Individuals*
Does NOT include Certificate of Completion

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Who should attend:
Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech-language Pathologists, and other healthcare professionals working with children with sensory processing and integration challenges

About the Presenter:

Lisa M. Porter, PhD, OTD, OTR/L received her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University in 1994, and a doctorate in Occupational Therapy from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in 2017. She completed her PhD in Pediatric Science in 2020, with an emphasis on the learning needs of caregivers of children with sensory over-responsivity. She has a wide range of clinical experience, from adult neurorehabilitation to burns, with a specialty in intervention for individuals with sensory integration and processing challenges.

Lisa has been a STAR Institute faculty member since 2012. She specializes in sensory and relationship-based therapy and holds certifications in Sensory Integration, DIR/Floortime, and Yoga Calm. Lisa has advanced training in the SOS Feeding Approach, Integrated Listening Systems, and Interpersonal Neurobiology. She is passionate about learning, mentoring, listening to families’ stories, and playing!

Lisa is excited about integrating her own research into clinical practice and helping children and families thrive. When she is not working Lisa enjoys traveling, backpacking, kayaking, reading, and cooking.

Continuing Education:

STAR Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


Course approval ID# 0000001940. This delivery format is offered at .1 AOTA CEUs. Introductory level; OT Service Delivery.