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Advanced Intervention for Ideational Praxis – Affordances to Executive Functions – January 29, 2018

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

January 29, 201 – Monday – 8:00 am – 3:15 pm

This course will provide participants with advanced intervention strategies to address ideational problems in children with praxis deficits.  Difficulties generating ideas and plans for action are common problems in children with sensory integration and praxis deficits, including those with autism spectrum disorder.  These ideational problems can be particularly difficult to treat.  This course will provide a novel intervention approach which will address the difficulties in recognizing and acting on action and object affordances and problems in representational thought which underlie ideational praxis difficulties.  In addition, this course will address the relationship of ideation in praxis with executive function skills.  Videotape examples and case study presentations will be used to illustrate intervention techniques.  The course format, a combination of lecture, videotapes, and small group discussion allows for opportunities to address participant’s questions and concerns.

$315.00$435.00 $290.00$410.00

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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:

  • Identify behaviors indicative of ideational problems.
  • Identify several bottom-up intervention strategies for promoting development of object and action affordances.
  • Utilize a top-down intervention approach for promoting representational thought needed for ideational praxis.
  • Describe how ideational problems and their intervention relate to other cognitive difficulties including executive function skills.
  • Develop a treatment plan for addressing ideational praxis difficulties.


$315.00; Early Registration $290.00 (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).

Register for this course and “Sensory Integration: It’s Not Just for Kids” for the discounted price of $435.00; $410.00 Early Registration. (Must also be postmarked 21 days before the course).


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Monday 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.
8:00 – 9:30 Introduction to Praxis, Ideation, and Executive Functions

9:30 – 10:30 Intervention Strategies for Promoting Development of Affordances and Representational Thought

10:30 – 10:45 BREAK

10:45 – 11:15 Intervention Strategies for Promoting Development of Affordances and Representational Thought Continued

11:15 – 12:15 A Program for Development of Ideational Praxis Skills

12:15 – 1:15 pm – LUNCH

1:15 – 1:45 – A Program for Development of Ideational Praxis Skills Continued

1:45 – 3:15 – Intervention Strategies for Combining, Constructing, and Beyond


Target Audience:

This course will be applicable to occupational and physical therapists, and OT and PT assistants. Previous attendance at the speakers Clinical Assessment and Practical Interventions for Praxis – From Ideation to Execution course is recommended but not required.

Course Level:


Educational Credits:

6 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 6 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 .6 CEUs. 6 contact hours, Advanced Level, Domain of OT: Performance Skills and Client Factors.