LIVE On-line Course: Clinical Assessment and Practical Interventions for Praxis: From Ideation to Execution

Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L

January 30 & 31, 2023
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST both days

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to webinar (Jan 17, 2023). GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE!

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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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course 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

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Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA

Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA,  Owner/President of TMB Education and OTR, Inc. is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration theory and intervention.  She has authored numerous book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis.  Dr. May-Benson has a diverse background as a clinical practitioner having worked in private and public school settings as well as private practice.  She is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the non-profit Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center.  She has collaborated with well-known researchers such as Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, Dr. Shelly Lane and Dr. Roseann Schaaf.  In her role of educator, she serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Indianapolis.  She has a special interest in, and extensive experience with autism, particularly older students and adults.  Dr. May-Benson received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from Boston University with a concentration in sensory integration and school system therapy.  She was a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the Doctoral Program in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University.  She has received the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis.  The Alice Bachman Clinician Award from Pediatric Therapy Network and the Catherine Trombly Award from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapists for her work as a research, clinician and instructor.  She is a fellow of the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Teresa receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


LIVE On-Line Course

8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST both days


Day One 


8:00 am – 10:00 – Introduction and Clinical Reasoning for Praxis and Dyspraxia Praxis in Normal Development 

10:00 – 10:15 – Break


10:15 – 12:15pm: Introduction to Top-Down Approaches and Cognitive Learning Theory Brief Neurology of Praxis 


12:15 – 1:00: Lunch

1:00 – 2:00: Models for Looking at Praxis  


2:00 – 3:00: New Model for Assessment and Clinical Reasoning for Intervention in Praxis

Praxis Model and Clinical Reasoning Lab 



Day 2


8:00am – 10:00: Intervention Strategies for Arousal, Rhythmicity and Sequencing 

10:00 – 10:15: Break

10:15 – 12:15pm: Case Study and Treatment Planning 

12:15 – 1:00: Lunch 

1:00 – 2:00: Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Ideation   

Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Motor Planning 


2:00 – 3:00: Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Bilateral Coordination 

Assessment and Intervention Strategies for Projected Action Sequences 


Educational Credits

12 contact hours

Approved for 12 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.

AOTA-Approved Provider ProgramTSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of Professional Development. PD activity approval ID #Pending. This Live PD is offered at 12 contact or 1.2 CEU’s, Intermediate level, Domain of OT: OT Service Delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


Group Discount

Early $350.00* | Regular $375.00

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar VALID UNTIL JAN 16, 2022

3 or more registrants – Early –  $331.24 | Regular – $354.90  (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (of the first registration) if registering on-line, and in the same envelope if registering by mail.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations received after a group has been processed will not be eligible for the discount.

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