Autism and Sensory Processing Disorder: Over 75 Proven Strategies for Social Skills, Behavior and Learning

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Tara Delaney
6 Hours 2 Minutes
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Oct 10, 2017


Presented by Tara Delaney, MS, OTR/L, nationally known child development expert and author

  • Build new neuropathways using concrete sensory strategies  to increase engagement
  • Recognize early signs of sensory defensiveness "before" they result in behavior issues
  • Role of mirror neurons for motor development & social skills

Watch this seminar and learn the sensory connection to behavior and learning struggles for kids with autism. You will leave with strategies to promote language, increase focus and expand play, as well as other creative ideas to design new and innovative techniques!

Early signs of sensory processing difficulties that may be linked to autism will be more recognizable. The latest brain research supports using sensory integration theory as a lens for viewing specific behavioral, learning and social challenges, such as:

  • Inattention & increased distraction
  • Difficulty with visual motor tasks
  • Hitting self & others
  • Escaping behaviors
  • Extreme reactions to sensory input

Take home a toolbox full of sensory strategies to aid children with autism, and increase their success both academically and socially!



Sensory Processing Components and Strategies

  • Vestibular
  • Proprioception
  • Tactile
  • Visual
  • Auditory

Autism: Concepts & Research

  • Latest brain research
  • Executive function
  • Theory of Mind
  • Central Coherence Theory
  • Mirror neurons

Praxis (Motor Planning)

  • Impact on those with autism
  • Gross motor
  • Fine motor
  • Strategies for teaching new motor skills including activities of daily living


  • 0 to 3
  • Non-contingent sensory diet
  • Safe activities (e.g. bath time) to introduce new textures
  • Preschool
  • Sensory activities to expand play
  • Sensory activities to promote language
  • Early grades
  • Sensory input to increase focus on a task
  • Teach Change
  • Middle school
  • Sensory with executive function strategies
  • Social sensory stories the student creates
  • Case studies

Blending Strategies

  • Incorporate sensory with Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Sensory paired with visual communication strategies


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Tara Delaney, MS, OTR/L, is a nationally known child development expert who specializes in sensory processing, autism spectrum disorders as well as learning disabilities, specifically dyslexia. She is the author of three books: The Sensory Processing Disorder Answer Book (Sourcebooks, 2008), 101 Games and Activities for Children with Autism, Asperger’s and Sensory Processing Disorder (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and Building Social Skills for Autism, Sensory Processing Disorders and Learning Disabilities with Mary Hamrick (PESI, 2015)

She holds a Master’s of Science in Therapeutic Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an international speaker and her Making Sense-ory® programs are in high demand throughout the United States. Ms. Delaney is the co-chief executive officer of School Steps, Inc. as well as co-chief executive director of ABA In Action. She is also the founder/executive director of Baby Steps Therapy.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Tara Delaney is in a leadership position with School Steps, Inc. and Baby Steps Therapy.  She is an author for Sourcebook, McGraw-Hill, and PESI Publishing & Media.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. 

Non-Financial: Tara Delaney has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.