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Autism Ontario Oct. 2015 Behaviour and Function: through Sensory Processing, Behaviour Supports and Technology Paula Aquilla, OT & Howard Dalal, Behaviour and Technology Therapist, ISAND
Welcome! n We hope that you enjoy your day of learning!
Changing our view…. “There are no bizarre behaviours – more accurately, there are human responses that are not fully understood or appreciated. ” Carol Gray, 1997
We need to look at the whole person …. in order to see the function of the behaviour For example, a person who flaps their hands…how many meanings can one behaviour have?
When we work together n We are more accurate at determining the underlying reasons of behaviour n We can be more creative in finding more functional ways to express behaviour
Sensory Processing is the ability to take in, sort, and organize sensory information for functional use. Analogy of a cake
Behavior & Technology n Lowering anxiety by giving tools n Creating independence n Teaching new skills in fun and innovative ways n Data Collections n Creating Communication
Behaviour in Adults n Catatonia (abnormality of movement and behaviour arising from a disturbed mental state) n OCD n High Anxiety n Behavioural outburst
A different point of view… “An alternative is for the clinician to begin therapy by looking for how the patient experiences the world, asking not, “How do you feel? ” but “How do you know the world? ” Dr. John Ratey
Our nervous system
Sensory Processing - a foundation for function
Challenges with processing sensation: n Hyper sensitive to sensation n Hypo sensitive to sensation n Difficulty discriminating between sensation n Difficulty with body awareness/posture/balance n Difficulty with motor planning
Efficient sensory processing can have a positive impact on behaviour and function n Recognizing potential challenges n Building in supports (expectations, options for communication understanding and expressing) n Supporting the nervous system for comfort and function
Setting up environments n n n n Space Smell Visual and auditory environment Touch and temperature Opportunities for deep pressure input Favorite activities organization
Modifying our approach n We are all walking sensory generators!
Modifying activities n Preparation using sensory activities n Modification of the task n Post task - calm down with sensation n Sensory lifestyle - regular opportunities to engage in organizing sensation
Every activity is a sensory activity! n Activities of daily living n Leisure activities n School related activities n Vocational activities n Social activities
So…. are we: n Are we wrestling or dancing with the person we are supporting? n Education and parenting are not thing we do to children - they are the outcomes of the joint effort between us and the child…they are the ‘performance’. n John Clements, 2009
Think about this…. n Creativity n Have fun! is imagination having fun!
Thank you! n Thanks for the opportunity to share information. We hope you enjoy the day! n Howard and Paula