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Sensory Processing Disorder: Practical Solutions that Work

Join Rondalyn Varney Whitney for this one-day, seminar recording. Rondalyn will teach you how the foundation of our seven senses helps children adapt and respond to the environment around them and how poor processing affects them in all aspects of their lives. Furthermore, you will learn how to use a sensory diet effectively and how to measure functional change using a sensory integrative approach.

Upon completion of seminar recording, you will:
  • learn how to use sensory techniques in many different environments
  • be able to identify behaviors
  • learn how to use sensory strategies to support family quality of life
  • recognize when a child needs a referral for occupational therapy
  • discover the new categories of sensory processing outlined in the DSM-5®
  • acquire a common language and terms to describe SPD
Top 10 Questions That Will Be Addressed
  1. What should I do when a child is having trouble sitting in a chair?
  2. How do I use sensory based interventions?
  3. How do I know if my interventions are following theory?
  4. How can I use sensory integration techniques across the lifespan?
  5. What can I do to help children who have to touch and handle everything?
  6. How does sensory influence learning?
  7. How can I help children who are hypersensitive to touch?
  8. What do we know from the research and how it impacts treatment?
  9. How can I help children who are drooling and chew on everything?
  10. How do I increase eye contact and joint attention?


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Rondalyn Varney Whitney
5 Hours 55 Minutes
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28 Jan, 2013
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Ph.D., OT/L, FAOTA, Chair of the OT Department, Associate Professor

Clarkson University

Rondalyn Varney Whitney, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is an occupational therapist, educator, and researcher with over 20 years of experience. Her work focuses on the family as a system and she specializes in pediatric mental health and reducing barriers to family quality of life for families of children with autism and related disorders. Dr. Whitney is a prolific author, including Nonverbal Learning Disorder: Understanding and Coping with NLD and Asperger's (TarcherPerigee, 2008); Raising Kids with Sensory Processing Disorders (Prufrock Press, 2013); and Self-Regulation: A Family Systems Approach for Children with Autism, Learning Disabilities, ADHD & Sensory Disorders (PESI, 2014).  She is a featured author in The Out of Sync Child Has Fun (TarcherPerigee, 2006), Sensory Focus Magazine, Today in OT and OT Practice.

Dr. Whitney presents nationally and internationally on ASD, sensory processing, family quality of life, therapeutic humor, social skills program development and related topics. She is a pioneer of innovative social programs which serve as a model for many programs utilized today. Dr. Whitney is a recognized leader in the American Occupational Therapy Association and a recipient of multiple awards for excellence. She is certified in the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) and has an advanced practice designation in Feeding and Swallowing from the state of California. Dr. Whitney is an associate professor and chair of the OT Department at the Clarkson University in the North Country of New York.  Her research interests are in family quality of life, family resilience, and sensory processing as a barrier or support to social participation.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dr. Rondalyn Varney Whitney maintains a private consulting practice. She is an associate professor at Clarkson University. She is an author for Perigee Press, Prufrock Press, and PESI Publishing and Media and receives royalties. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Dr. Rondalyn Varney Whitney is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Occupation Therapy Association of Maryland.

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  • Identify the subtypes of sensory processing disorder.
  • Recognize when a child needs an evaluation.
  • Describe common behaviors and correlate them to the sensory system that is most likely causing the issues.
  • Appropriately identify and implement sensory methods into your professional bag of techniques.
  • Explain how the sensory techniques are working.
  • Use a sensory diet effectively and measure functional change.


  • Terminology
  • Sensory Integration vs. Sensory Processing
  • How the sensory system effects human development
  • Evidence vs. assumptions made about sensory integration
The Seven Senses
  • Understand what each system really does and how they interact with other systems
  • Basic treatment of each system
Occupational Therapy and Research
  • Problems and solutions
  • What we know and how it impacts treatment
  • Sensory processing, anxiety and depression
New Nosology of Sensory Processing Disorder
  • New categories and how they present in a child - video examples
  • Treatment framework for each type
Sensory Diets
  • What it is
  • Why we use it
  • How to implement exercises and which ones to use
  • Measure results
Sensory vs. Behavior
  • How to tell the difference
  • What are the priorities for change
  • Ways to help change behavior

Target Audience

Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Physical Therapists and Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Social Workers, Counselors, Psychologists



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