2022 Integrative Education Symposium

Empowering and Connecting Pediatric Professionals
24-26 February 2022

Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L

February 24, 2022, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST

Cost: Early Bird registration by January 15, 2022, $195; registration January 16th onward $215

CEUs: 6 Contact Hours

Course Level: Intermediate
Audience: OT, PT, SLP, educators, mental health professionals, and interested others
Course Description

Learning sound clinical reasoning allows the therapist to elevate their practice and build trust in their use of evidence-based approaches to treatment. It also establishes the OT as a strong member of a multidisciplinary team. Clinical reasoning for pediatric occupational therapists should be informed by neuroscience, developmental theory, occupational science, and clinical practice, including tacit clinical knowledge – all rich sources of evidence and inspiration. However, combining all of these sources of information into a format useful for in the moment clinical use can be daunting. In this course, you will be introduced to a clinical reasoning framework for combining sensory, affective, and motor (SAM) processing into a relationship-based, sensory integrative informed model of intervention. The aim of the clinical reasoning process is to help the therapist identify the ’why’ a child presents for supportive OT services and from this ‘why’ establish comprehensive treatment plans. This course will provide theory and practical information for enhancing OT clinical work while encouraging reflective clinical reasoning as a way of practice.


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Define clinical reasoning and summarize why it is important in everyday practice and how these align with Ayres Sensory Integration

  2. Determine how sensory, motor, and affective processes underlie many adaptive functions and how to best link these foundations to adaptive outcomes in higher level occupational performance.

  3. Evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment plan and understand how to utilize the STEP2SI in order to generate a more comprehensive, individualized plan.



8:30 – 10:00 am: Introduction to Clinical Reasoning and Grounding in sensory, affective, motor processing


10:00 - 10:30 am: Morning Break


10:30 – 12:00 pm: S-A-M clinical reasoning - forms and process


12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch


1:00 – 2:30 pm: Applied Clinical Reasoning - Clinical Examples - group work


2:30 – 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break


3:00 – 4:30 pm: Continue Application and Practice

Course Requirements

Within one week of the course, the participant will be emailed a certificate of attendance following confirmation of attendance and completion of the self-evaluation.

Continuing Education

6 Contact Hours awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Each course must be approved by AOTA, and we are in the process of gaining AOTA approved credits for this course. For additional continuing education information for PT, SLP, and social work, click here​ to access our CEU policy information.

AOTA-Approved Provider Program.jpg