ASD Workshop Series: The Importance of Sensory Validation and How Sensory Processing Impacts Behavior and Learning
Sep 24, 2022
01:00 PM - 03:00 PM
Please Register Online. TLC Credit: IS (T), UI REACH
Presenter/s: Greg Santucci, Founding Director, Pediatric Occupational Therapist @Power Play Pediatric Therapy
We are demanding more from our kids than ever before in school. While the academic demands have changed, what hasn’t changed is the course of human development. Current
advances in neuroscience have taught us so much about how the brain works and what kids need so they can feel safe, regulated and ready to participate. In order to best support our kids, we need to consider where they are, both physiologically and emotionally, when we’re engaged with them.
Teachers, parents & caretakers, therapists or other community professionals who support autistic people or anyone struggling with sensory issues or challenging behavior are invited to attend this this two-hour workshop. This workshop will review sensory processing, Autistic sensory processing, and how sensorimotor development impacts a child’s behavior and their ability to meet expectations at home and in the classroom. We will discuss traditional “behavior management” approaches and present new, proactive ideas that teach children the skills they need to do well in school, because kids always want to do well. Participants will see “behaviors” through new lenses and provide the strategies necessary to help kids show us just how capable, and sensational, they are.
At the end of this workshop participants will:
1. Learn about the different sensory systems and how it impacts development, motor skills and
2. Understand when sensory processing or environmental stressors are impacting behavior and
learn practical strategies to help better support students.
3. Become more skilled at identifying self-regulation challenges and implement realistic strategies
to help kids meet expectations.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact in advance at