Sensory Processing in Autism - OT13

Sensory Processing in Autism

by Karen Harpster, OTR/L, MOT and Catherine Hoyt, OTD/OTR/L
(4.4 / 1901 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

Price: $19.00
CE-PRO Price: $9.50


Sensory processing is a term used to describe how the nervous system receives sensory stimulation through tactile, olfactory, gustatory, visual, auditory or vestibular senses, and the ability of the client to use that information to produce an adaptive response. Deficits in sensory processing are common among those diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders. Those with deficits in sensory processing can have trouble participating in day-to-day activities because sensory information is not being interpreted effectively by the brain. It is important to select an appropriate tool to evaluate sensory processing so interventions meet the needs of the client.


The goal of this sensory processing continuing education program is to provide occupational therapists with information regarding sensory processing in those with autism spectrum disorders. After you study the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define sensory processing and its prevalence in the autism population
  • Demonstrate an understanding of evidence that supports sensory processing deficits in autism
  • Describe the assessment tools available to occupational therapists to measure sensory processing in autism

Content Level: Intermediate

Content Focus

Domain 1: Performance skills
Domain 2: Client factors
Process 3: Evaluation

Accreditation Information is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
Continuing education approved by the American Occupational Therapy Association is accepted for relicensure by the state boards for occupational therapists in: Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia.


Course Originally Released on: 9/15/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 9/23/2013
Course Termination/Update Date: 9/23/2016

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

This course completion will be electronically reported to CE Broker as required per Florida Statute 456.025(7). Click here to view your CE Broker transcript and check the status of your CE requirements with a FREE 7-day CE Broker trial subscription. It may take up to 24 hours for the course to appear on your CE Broker transcript.

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Colleen K - Lockport, IL  ·  Mar 26, 2015
Interesting and helpful information
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Dahlia T - Pomona, CA  ·  Mar 24, 2015
I enjoyed the description and behaviors of the case studies in the initial opening paragraphs which help us all relate to the patients we work with and the common behaviors we observe when treating a child with Autism.
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Silvia K - Houston, TX  ·  Mar 23, 2015
Good for entry level therapist
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Barbara W - Portsmouth, OH  ·  Mar 10, 2015
Great foundation on sensory processing and its impact with children on the spectrum.
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Grace B - Warwick, NY  ·  Mar 09, 2015
Adds to your Sensory Processing knowledge.
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