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Clinical Assessment & Practical Interventions for Praxis: From Ideation to Execution – February 11 & 12, 2018

Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA

February 11 & 12, 2018 – Sunday – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm & Monday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This course presents an overview of praxis components with an emphasis on clinical assessment and intervention of practic problems in children with sensory integration deficits. A framework for observing, assessing and identifying ideation, motor planning, sequencing, bilateral coordination and projected action sequence problems within a sensory integration treatment model will be presented. A clinical observation-based assessment will be used to develop observation and clinical reasoning skills for identifying and treating praxis problems. Practical top-down and bottom up intervention approaches will be highlighted.


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Product Description


Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation, is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration.  She has authored numerous book chapters on praxis, ideation, and sensory integration.  She has extensive experience with children and adults with autism and a diverse clinical background having worked in private and public school settings as well as private practice.  She is a recipient of the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTF.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of the course the participant will be able to:

  1. Describe underlying neural and sensory mechanisms of various practic dysfunctions
  2. Observe, assess and differentiate a range of practic dysfunctions from ideation to execution problems
  3. Apply top-down and bottom up treatment principles appropriately to different problems using clinical reasoning
  4. Identify ways various praxis problems impact on functional performance
  5. Identify strategies and treatment plan for improving performance


$450.00; Early Registration $425.00 (must be received 21 days before the course)

Group Discount: A 10% discount will be given to each registrant when 3 or more registrations received at the same time. Use code (group3).


Long Island Marriott
101 James Doolittle Blvd.
Uniondale, NY
*This course will not offer refreshments.


Sunday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Monday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Day 1:
8:30-10:15 Introduction and Clinical Reasoning for Praxis and Dyspraxia Praxis in Normal Development
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-12:00 Introduction to Top-Down Approaches and Cognitive Learning Theory
Brief Neurology of Praxis
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:30 Models for Looking at Praxis Applying a New Clinical Reasoning Model for Praxis
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-4:30 New Model for Assessment and Clinical Reasoning for Intervention in Praxis
Praxis Model and Clinical Reasoning Lab
Day 2:
8:00-10:00 Intervention Strategies for Arousal, Rhythmicity and Sequencing Case Study and Treatment Planning
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Ideation
12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)
1:00-2:45 Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Motor Planning
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:30 Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Bilateral Coordination
Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Projected Action Sequences

Target Audience:

Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists and assistants.  A previous knowledge of sensory integration theory is recommended.

Course Level:

Intermediate to Advanced

Educational Credits:

13.5 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

Recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education.   Approved for 13.5 contact hours.

Application has been made to the NJ Board of PT Examiners for CE approval.

color web&ppt TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for 1.35 CEUs. 13.5 contact hours, Advanced Level, Domain of OT: Performance Skills and Client Factors.