Advanced Intervention for Ideational Praxis – Affordances to Executive Functions


Advanced Intervention for Ideational Praxis – Affordances to Executive Functions

November 17, 2018 (Saturday 8:00–4:30)
Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Executive Director of the the Spiral Foundation
Proudly Sponsored by Wee Care Therapy

This course will provide participants with advanced intervention strategies to address ideational problems in children with praxis deficits.  Difficulties generating ideas and plans for action are common problems in children with sensory integration and praxis deficits, including those with autism spectrum disorder.  These ideational problems can be particularly difficult to treat.  This course will provide a novel intervention approach which will address the difficulties in recognizing and acting on action and object affordances and problems in representational thought which underlie ideational praxis difficulties.  In addition, this course will address the relationship of ideation in praxis with executive function skills.  Videotape examples and case study presentations will be used to illustrate intervention techniques.  The course format, a combination of lecture, videotapes, and small group discussion allows for opportunities to address participant’s’ questions and concerns.

FEE:  $195.00

10% discount for ours for 3 or more at the same time
50% discount for students, volunteers, and active clients of Wee Care Therapy.

Discounts by phone orders only. 


Hampton Inn Munster
8936 Calumet Ave. Munster IN

Occupational therapists and assistants, physical therapists and assistants, speech therapists and assistants, developmental therapists, and behavior analysts with a background in sensory integration Previous attendance at the speakers Clinical Assessment and Practical Interventions for Praxis- From Ideation to Execution course is recommended but not required.
Advanced Level

LEVEL:  Beginning to Intermediate   

Contact Hours: 6

IN OT Licensure :  Wee Care Therapy is a Certified CE Provider for Professional Licensing Agency
IN PT Licensure :
APTA Pending
Out of State of IN Licensing Agencies :
Check with your state to see how to apply for out of state CE approval (we do not cover cost)
Child and Family Connections (IL EI) :  Pending
First Steps (IN EI) : Must justify how all or of workshop is related to EI or justify an applicable

ST Contact Hours: Good for IN (or other states that require ST related contact hours) only if you can relate the  workshop to ST

Seminar Objectives
The participant will be able to:

  • Identify behaviors indicative of ideational problems.
  • Identify several bottom-up intervention strategies for promoting development of  object and action affordances.
  • Utilize a top-down intervention approach for promoting representational thought needed for ideational praxis.
  • Describe how ideational problems and their intervention relate to other cognitive difficulties including executive function skills.
  • Develop a treatment plan for addressing ideational praxis difficulties.


8:00 – 8:30 AM Registration
8:30 – 10:00 Introduction to Praxis, Ideation, and Executive Functions
10:00 – 10:30 BREAK
10:30 – 12:00 Intervention Strategies for Promoting Development of Affordances and Representational Thought
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
1:00 – 2:30 A Program for Development of Ideational Praxis Skills
2:30 – 3:00 BREAK
3:00 – 4:30 Intervention Strategies for Combining, Constructing, and Beyond
Topic times may vary but content will not.





Teresa A. May-Benson, Sc.D., OTR/L, FAOTA, Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation, is a well-known lecturer and researcher on sensory integration. She has authored numerous book chapters and on praxis, ideation, and sensory integration. She has extensive experience with children and adults with autism and a diverse clinical background having worked in private and public-school settings as well as private practice. She is past Chairperson of the Sensory Integration Special Interest Section of the American Occupational Therapy Association. She is the recipient of the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTF, the Alice S. Bachman Award from Pediatric Therapy Network, and the Catherine Trombly Award from the Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy.


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