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The Complex Intersection of ADHD, Sensory Processing, and Dysgraphia: Assessment and Intervention Strategies, On-Demand 

Maude LeRoux, OTR/L

CEUs: 12 Contact Hours (1.2 AOTA CEUs)

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

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a common diagnosis in pediatric practice today. Attention deficit can be a diagnosis, but it can also be a symptom of underlying neural inefficiency. As we dig deeper into sensory processing, we discover multiple facets that forms part of a developmental hierarchy that enables us to use clinical reasoning in both assessment and intervention. Dr. Russell Barkley and Dr. Edward Hallowell stress the importance of self-regulation and self-reflection as key components to consider, both of which overlaps into sensory processing practice. This 2-day workshop will showcase the use of the sensory processing lens when assessing and planning intervention for the different components of ADHD, including a deeper look at the learning disability of dysgraphia that frequently coincides with ADHD. Theory will be made practical through multiple treatment ideas and illustrated through video and observational lab experiences. Both the clinical and school therapist will feel supported by this deeper look into ADHD. 

Course Objectives:

The course participant will be able to:

  1. List at least 3 components of ADHD that impact therapy decisions

  2. Describe at least 10 executive functions to be potentially targeted in therapy

  3. Describe multiple strategies to accommodate for decreased executive functions

  4. Summarize a 7-step developmental hierarchy to consider in therapy

  5. Compare dysgraphia with fine motor difficulties in considering handwriting difficulties using clinical reasoning

  6. Analyze one video in a lab experience with observational questionnaire provided


Recording 1: Components of ADHD


Recording 2: Different Types of Attention Difficulties


Recording 3: Hierarchy of Development


Recording 4: Assessment 

Recording 5: Dysgraphia from the inside out 


Recording 6: Fine Motor / Handwriting from a Sensory Processing Lens 


Recording 7: Intervention Strategies


Recording 8: Case Study

Recording 9: Case Study

Instructional Methods

The speaker will be using a lecture with slides, videos, and case studies.

Course Requirements

The participant must complete the course in its entirety. Following the passing score of 80% on the post-course quiz, the participant will be immediately issued a course completion certificate that can be downloaded or printed.

Continuing Education

12 Contact Hours (1.2 AOTA CEUs) 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 1.2 AOTA CEUs for intermediate level, in the areas of occupational therapy service delivery and foundational knowledge. Course approval number: 03698. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. For additional continuing education information for PT, SLP, and social work, click here​ to access our CEU policy information.

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