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Build Social Skills in Kids with Autism, Sensory Processing & ADHD: Positive Outcome for Success

We all know how important it is for children to build social connections and have relationships that thrive and succeed!

We will show you how to utilize the sensory systems within activity-rich lessons to increase social skills for children with HFA, ADHD and sensory issues.

We will demonstrate sensory activities that create opportunities to increase emotional and sensory regulation that leads to social connectivity. Children will become more confident and comfortable taking social risks, preparing them for future real-time social interactions.

You will learn specific strategies to build social competency:

  • Reading nonverbal and verbal social cues
  • Executive Functioning Strategies
  • Making Theory of Mind concrete
  • Selective Attention
  • Social Sense Habits of the Week

Come experience and learn strategies for kids who struggle connecting with others.


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Tara Delaney |  Mary Hamrick
5 Hours 58 Minutes
Audio and Video
Oct 14, 2015
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Continuing Professional Development Certificates - 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.



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Tara Delaney, MS, OTR, is a nationally known child development expert who specializes in sensory processing, autism spectrum disorders as well as learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia. She is the author of three books: The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book (Sourcebooks, 2008), 101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorder (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and Building Social Skills for Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Disabilities with Mary Hamrick (PESI, 2015)

She holds a Master’s of Science in Therapeutic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an international speaker and her Making Sense-ory® programs are in high demand throughout the United States. Ms. Delaney is the co-chief executive officer of School Steps, Inc. as well as co-chief executive director of ABA In Action. She is also the founder/executive director of Baby Steps Therapy.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tara Delaney is in a leadership position with School Steps, Inc. and Baby Steps Therapy.  She is an author for Sourcebook, McGraw-Hill, and PESI Publishing & Media.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-Financial: Tara Delaney has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose. 

Mary Hamrick Related seminars and products: 3


Mary Hamrick, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist who has been evaluating and providing direct service to students with special needs for more than 20 years. She is currently the director of speech for School Steps Inc. which is located in the Sacramento area. School Steps provides school based speech and occupational therapists to surrounding school districts and has a clinic in Rocklin, California. She is also the co-author, with Tara Delaney, of Building Social Skills for Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Disabilities (PESI, 2015).

Mary began her career in education as a language arts teacher and has spent the past 20 years working primarily with children with Autism, Aspergers and specific learning disabilities. She has a B.S. in Education from Western Illinois University and an M.A. in Speech Language Pathology from California State University, Long Beach. Mary is an accredited member of the American Speech Hearing Association (ASHA) and holds a California license in Speech Pathology. Her current interest is working with socially limited students by analyzing social interaction and its implications for school and overall success.

Speaker Disclosures: 

Financial: Mary C. Hamrick is the Director of Speech Therapy for School Steps, Inc.  She is an author for PESI Publishing & Media and receives royalties.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Mary C. Hamrick is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

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  • Describe the latest brain research, and how these findings impact the way therapists and educators work with children/ adults with social skills deficits.
  • Provide an explanation on sensory integration and the link to social skills.
  • Summarize how underlying sensory processing difficulties impact learning, behavior and social skills.
  • Examine how early experiences set the stage for more intricate social intelligence.
  • Provide strategies on helping students identify and communicate their needs, monitor their levels of sensory stimulation, observe and attach meaning to the nuances of social situations.
  • Discover the most important social skills for our students to have and how they can rely on their basic sensory foundation to teach these incredibly complex skills. Lesson plans that are ready to go!


Social Intelligence

  • A new way to look at being social!
  • Evolution of the term
  • Neurology and Environment

The Brain Library

  • What it is – how is it stacked
  • Gaps in the library
  • Exposure delays/deficits

Research Tools

  • Brain Connectivity
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Sensory – Multi-Sensory


The Sensory System Link

  • Gustatory & Olfactory – Make Theory of Mind concrete
  • Vestibular - Increase spatial awareness
  • Proprioceptive – learn nonverbal language
  • Tactile - Brain over Body strategies
  • Auditory -Selective attention
  • Visual - Joint attention and visualization strategies

Social Strategies:

  • A New Way to Run Social Groups

Multi-disciplinary approach

  • Strategies for basic sensory systems - ask questions to drive change
  • Use of real time opportunities - Social Sense hands–on activities
  • Develop positive social habits
  • Increase sensory-social awareness
  • Analyze how actions/reactions - affect peer relationships

Target Audience

Counselors, Teachers/Educators, Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistants, Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech-Language Pathologists, and other Mental Health Professionals



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Total Reviews: 62

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