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Praxis and Executive Functioning: Connecting Motor and Cognition


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

Monday, January 8, 2024

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00 
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to webinar. GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE! 

 Many children today demonstrate challenges in sequencing, organization, planning and regulation. These challenges are often attributed to executive function deficits. However, in many cases, these children may have praxis difficulties which contribute to or constitute the source of these challenges. This course will examine the relationship between motor and praxis skills and executive function skills. How these functions overlap and work together to allow us to effectively interact with our world will be explored. The role of integral concepts common to these two functions such as embodied cognition, representational thought, sequencing, and spatial-temporal adaptation will be discussed. Information on how to identify these challenges and key intervention strategies will be presented. Learning will be facilitated by lectures, case studies and participant interaction. Ample time will be provided for questions and answers.

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be able to:

  1. State the relationship between praxis and executive functions.
  2. Identify 3 ways to evaluate praxis and executive functions.
  3. Identify 3 intervention strategies to address praxis and executive function deficits.

Target Audience

PT, PTA, OT, OTA, Special Educators

Course Level



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

Teresa A. May-Benson 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 non-financial relationships to disclose.


8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

8:00 am – 9:30 am – Introduction to praxis and executive function

9:30 am – 10:30 am – Common foundations and relationships of practice and EF functions

10:30 am – 10:45 am – BREAK

10:45 am – 11:15 am – Common foundations and relationships of practice and EF functions continued

11:15 am – 12:15 pm – Assessment of praxis and EF functions

12: 15 pm – 1:00 pm – LUNCH

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Assessment of praxis and EF functions continued

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm –   Intervention strategies for promoting praxis and EF functions


Educational Credits

6 contact hours

Approved for 6 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.

TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of Professional Development. PD activity approval ID# Pending. This Live PD is offered at .6 CEU’s, Intermediate level, Domain of OT: OT Service Delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Early Discount

Group Discount

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00 USD

3 or more registrants – Early –  $212.94| Regular – $236.60 (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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