Sensory Processing in Autism - OT13

Sensory Processing in Autism

by Karen Harpster, OTR/L, MOT and Catherine Hoyt Drazen, OTD, OTR/L
(4.4 / 1942 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?
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
Content Focus
Domain 1: Performance skills
Domain 2: Client factors
Process 3: Evaluation

Accreditation Information

OnCourse Learning 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.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

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. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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


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christy k - whitsett, NC  ·  Sep 11, 2016
it was helpful to be reminded of who different people have and receive sensory processes differently.
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Diane I - manalapan, NJ  ·  Sep 06, 2016
Basic knowledge within the areas of sensory and utilization of testing measurements and need for validity in testing for the future.
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Samantha B - Chandler, AZ  ·  Aug 01, 2016
An informative, yet brief, overview of SPD in autism.
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Suzy M - brattleboro, VT  ·  Jun 28, 2016
Pretty simplistic ... good for basic intro to the topic. Would've liked a little more depth - hard in an hour course. Overall understandable.
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Dawn F - Scranton, PA  ·  Jun 14, 2016
very basic, a good review
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Price: $19.00
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