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Polyvagal Theory and Sensory Processing: Bridging Theory and Practice, On-Demand 
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Kelly Beins, OTR/L
Originally recorded on February 23, 2023
CEUs: 6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

Course Preview
Check out this short video introduction to the course
Course Level: Intermediate
Audience: OTs, PTs, SLPs, mental health professionals, and interested others
Course Description

This workshop provides clinicians with a grounding in Polyvagal Theory and revisits key concepts of OT-SI intervention in order to explore key points of alignment and distinction between these two frameworks. Through content, case study, and small group discussion(s) participants will explore and practice applying polyvagal theory to the therapeutic process for existing clients. Special topics to be explored include re-thinking adaptive responses, task analysis, modulation challenges, addressing big behaviors and providing parent education and home programs in an EASIER way. All participants are asked to arrive with an existing case they can use throughout the course. The goal of this workshop is to help therapists use Polyvagal Theory to refine their clinical reasoning and clinical skills for use with children who have sensory processing challenges. 

Course Objectives:

The course participant will be able to:

  1. Describe Polyvagal Theory and explain its importance to working with people who have sensory processing challenges.

  2. Apply current evidence to clinical reasoning and your therapeutic process with clients.

  3. Explain three ways polyvagal theory may be applied during OT-SI intervention to support better outcomes with clients.


Recording 1

Introduction and Connection

It's time to Refine

  • Context for Understanding the importance of an Integrative Practice Model

  • Foundations of Refinement

  • A Polyvagal Primer 

  • SI-OT Fidelity

  • Neurobiology

Recording 2

Re-thinking & Refining Assessment

Recording 3

Re-thinking & Refining Intervention

Recording 4​

Learning Reflection

Working with Families

  • Home Programs 

  • Parent Education an EASIER Way

  • Managing Big Behaviors

Wrap-up & Closing Comments/Q&A

Course Requirements

Following completion of the entire course including a passing score of 80% on the post-course quiz, the participant will be issued a course completion certificate.

Continuing Education

6 Contact Hours awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider, number 11607. This distance learning - independent self-study course is offered at .6 AOTA CEUs for intermediate level, in the areas of occupational therapy service delivery and foundational knowledge. Course approval number: 06075. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification of other professional recognition. For additional continuing education information for PT, and SLP, click here​ to access our CEU policy information.

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