Empowering Stakeholders Through Data-Driven Decision Making

November 4, 2017

Speaker Susan Swindeman, OTR

Come as a team! Occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists, behavior analysts, developmental therapists, music therapists, teachers, early intervention professionals, special education personnel, administrators, daycare workers, psychologists, and social workers

Contact Hours: 5.5

IN OT – Professional Licensing Agency:
Wee Care Therapy is a Certified CE Provider for this date
IN APTA: Pending
Out of State (not IN) Licensing Agencies: Check with your state to see if you can apply for out of state CE approval (we do not cover cost)
IL EI Approval: Pending
IN EI Approval : There is no formal process. You must be be able to justify how workshop is related to EI (all or a certain percent)
ST Contact Hours: Good for IN (or other states that require ST related contact hours) only if you can relate the  workshop to ST

Homewood Suites by Hilton
Hampton Inn & Suites
Munster, IN 46321

Seminar Description
Although the SPMs were developed by occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech/language pathologists, developmental therapists, behavior analysts, teachers, and other professionals may administer the SPMs to gather information on a child’s sensory processing. The intention would then be to coordinate with an OT trained in sensory integration (SI). This workshop empowers teams to develop sensory-based strategies (through use of clinical reasoning and brainstorming) to integrate into the fabric of the child’s natural environments including home, daycare, and school (art, music, PE, recess, cafeteria, bus, and main classroom). Research behind the development of these norm referenced standardized assessment tools, SI, and sensory-based strategies will be reviewed. See more information on the SPMs at Characteristics of sensory processing disorder (SPD) will be discussed. You will learn how to administer and score the SPM-P (ages 2-5) and the SPM (ages 5-12) using both written and electronic methods. Case studies related to postural control, praxis, and over responsivity will be shared. Use of the electronic SPM(s) Quick Tips (a collection of intervention strategies that helps to answer the question “What next?” based on SPMs results) will be demonstrated. Other topics will include answering the question “Are sensory issues driving the behavior?” and distinguishing between sensory-based strategies and Ayres sensory integration (ASI®).

Seminar Objectives
Participants will:

  1. Review research related to SI, sensory processing disorder, and SPMs
  2. Identify characteristics of SPD
  3. learn how to administer and score the SPM(s)
  4. learn how to use the SPM Quick Tips after reviewing the results from the SPM(s)
  5. be exposed to case studies using the SPM(s)
  6. use clinical reasoning to develop sensory-based strategies based on results to promote collaboration through collective empowerment of teams


8:00 – 8:30 am Registration
8:30 – 9:15 Sensory Integration and Research
9:15 – 10:00 Characteristics of Sensory Processing Disorder
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:30 Administration and scoring of SPMs and use of Quick Tips
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 Administration, Scoring and Quick Tips (continued)
1:00 – 1:45 Case Studies
1:45 – 2:00 Break
 2:00 – 3:30 Case Studies (continued)


About the Speaker:

Susan Swindeman OTR/L, is a registered occupational therapist and the CEO of Wee Care Therapy in Dyer, Indiana. Susan has been a pediatric occupational therapist since graduating from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1984. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests and the Interactive Metronome. She trained extensively in neurodevelopmental treatment. She is recognized for her work in identifying and treating children with sensory processing disorders. She was a faculty speaker for the SPD Foundation. Susan is a co-author of the books and CD versions of the books Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers™, and Tools for Infants: Sensory Based Strategies for Parents, Caregivers and Early Intervention Providers™. Susan presents internationally on the topics of sensory integration and sensory processing. She may be contacted through her email at, Facebook at Wee Care Therapy, and Twitter @weecaretherapy.


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