Bring you Clarity
You will gain a clear understanding of Autism, Sensory Processing & Sensory-Based Interventions (SBIs) that support participation in meaningful daily activities or ‘occupations’
Grow your skills
You will learn how to use the BEST Strategies Framework to guide your clinical thinking while adding lots of practical strategies to your therapy toolbox
Make an Impact
You will be able to problem solve effectively & collaborate with families to implement practical evidence-based SBIs that address meaningful daily activities or ‘occupations’
… finally feel confident, inspired & excited by your toolbox of neurodiversity-affirming strategies & resources
… really know that you are well informed as to the evidence supporting the use of Sensory-Based Interventions (SBIs) when working with autistic people
… truly understand what sensory processing means, select & interpret appropriatet sensory processing assessments & implement evidence-based outcome measures
An 8 Module hybrid online (self-paced + 2 hours of LIVE Q&A) course where you will learn the latest developments in the field of autism & sensory processing. You will also be introduced to my BEST (Body, Emotional, Sensory & Thinking) Strategies Framework to help guide your clinical reasoning & learn how to positively impact meaningful daily activity participation when working with autistic people & their families
“I cannot speak highly enough about this course. As a relatively new graduate, I was in search of a course to expand my knowledge on how to support my client’s sensory-based needs. This course provides excellent evidenced-based information in a way that is engaging and easy to understand. I thoroughly enjoyed watching all the videos, and further appreciated that Moira explained the science behind sensory processing and recommended strategies. Moira also provided several additional resources, and most importantly is kind and approachable for any questions one might have. This course also maintains a neurodiversity-affirming lens, which is essential for practitioners providing support to autistic individuals and their families.“
“I participated in Moira’s workshop on Sensory Processing and Sensory-Based Interventions for Children. Moira presented as extremely knowledgeable and passionate. I got the opportunity to learn about the implementation of core concepts of solution-focused communication with parents and caregivers, select and implement specific evidence-based intervention strategies for meaningful occupations, and many others! Moira responded to all questions without hesitation and included practical examples that all participants can relate to in their own work. Moira is truly an exceptional presenter with such a beautiful soul and spirit which was shown throughout the workshop. Truly an inspiration!“
“Moira has created a very well organized and comprehensive online course on Autism and Sensory Processing. She is a gifted presenter who generously shares her knowledge with confidence. Her passion for her work is evident. As an occupational therapist who has worked in the area of pediatrics for 25 years, I appreciated her insights on current shifts in practice. I gained new knowledge that I was able to incorporate immediately into my practice. Evidence-based information was imbedded into every module. After completing this course I feel more confident in my ability to support clients with sensory processing challenges. In my opinion, this course is essential for occupational therapists and other health professionals who work with autistic children.”
“Thank you Moira for this online course! It was such amazing information! You are very knowledgeable and I really appreciated how you broke down the information and explained it so well so it was easy to follow. I really appreciated the theoretical foundations and the BEST strategies as I am now able to implement these into my sessions for the purposes of helping my clients with co-regulation and self-regulation so that they can be ready to learn and communicate.”
“As someone whose brain often gets overwhelmed and overloaded with information during standard professional development trainings, this course was incredible for me! The hybrid-online format allowed me the flexibility to navigate through the material at my own pace, pausing, reflecting, and revisiting the content as needed. The course materials, including numerous additional handouts and resources, were well-organized and valuable for future use. The practicality of the course content was amazing, as it was immediately applicable to my school based practice. The Q&A sessions provided a great space to ask questions and connect with both Moira and fellow participants. This course is an amazing foundation for any clinician working with autistic children.”
“This course was a delight to do! Lots of insights and great resources! The most important perspective is the autistic people getting their voices heard throughout the entire course! Professionals recognizing their flaws and growing by side of the autistic community is priceless! Strategies, explanation of the tools, all really well done, even for someone like me who is not an OT. Thank you for teaching me to better understand myself and my son.
“I highly recommend this course for anyone in the field looking to gain a deeper understanding of sensory challenges. Moira’s expertise and guidance throughout the course were exceptional and instrumental in helping me better understand these complex topics. This course has been an incredibly valuable learning experience, not only for understanding and supporting individuals with autism but also for its applicability to the adult population. The strategies and insights shared have given me a deeper understanding of sensory processing challenges and how they impact individuals on the autism spectrum. What sets this course apart is Moira’s ability to bridge theory with practical applications, making it accessible and relevant to a wide range of learners. It’s an investment in knowledge that pays dividends in providing more effective support and care to individuals of all ages.”
“Moira has a fabulous way of presenting very important information in a meaningful and accessible way. I really appreciated her wealth of knowledge and resources. Her slides, videos, graphics helped make an online course engaging and wonderful to learn from. Taking this course also helped boost my confidence and reinforced how much I love working with kids! Moira, it has truly been a pleasure learning from you. Thank you for adding to my knowledge and course was a delight to do!”
I want you to feel fully satisfied with your investment in this professional development activity.
Full refunds will be given if requested before the course begins or within the first 24 hours of the first 3 course modules (June, 26th, 2023) being delivered.
I’m an occupational therapist with over 20 years of experience working with children, youth & adults on the autism spectrum & others who experience sensory processing differences.
I’m also a Certified Solution Focused Health Care Coach (SFHCC), a published author & researcher in The Journal of Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders & the creator & host of Holland Bloorview’s Autism Summit.
And what means so much to me- & I’m most grateful for– is having had the amazing opportunity to teach & connect with over 1000 occupational therapy practitioners & other health care & education professionals who have already attended my courses!
I so look forward to meeting you!
“As a relatively new graduate, I was in need of an evidence-based approach to sensory processing for clients on the autism spectrum. That is exactly what I found with Moira’s course. On top of that, Moira also provided education in a client-centred, neurodiversity-affirming approach, which I greatly appreciated. This course provided me with a plethora of practical resources to use in my practice. I especially appreciated the live sessions where we could discuss topics as a group and ask questions. I believe this course is invaluable for any therapist wanting to gain knowledge, tools, and confidence in their work with autistic individuals.“
“I cannot overstate the impact this course had on my understanding of sensory processing and my ability to support individuals on the autism spectrum. It provided me with a solid foundation of knowledge, evidence-based strategies, and a newfound confidence in my therapy approach. The course was thoughtfully structured, with a clear progression of topics that built upon one another. Moira’s expertise was evident in her clear explanations and insightful examples. The course also provided a wealth of additional resources that I was able to incorporate immediately into my practice. This course would be invaluable for anyone seeking a comprehensive understanding of autism and sensory processing.”
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
You will be given access to the first 3 modules on Monday, June 26th, 2023 at 9 a.m EST for 24 hours. Once this refund/cancellation fee period is over, access to all 8 modules will be given from Tuesday, June 27th, 2023 at 9 a.m. EST for a period of 3 consecutive months until Friday, September 22nd, 2023 at 6 p.m EST.
You will be able to play & replay all of the modules & resources at any time during this 3 month access period.
This course has been developed using paediatric literature and research. Therefore, this course is appropriate for occupational therapy practitioners and other health care professionals working with kids & youth on the autism spectrum from 0 to age 21. Having said that, there is a large focus in this course on learning from the adult autistic lived experience so references to adult-based research are made throughout all 8 modules as well.
For occupational therapy practitioners seeking AOTA CEUs: This course’s 8 Learning Modules + 2 Live Zoom Q&A sessions meet the needs of occupational therapy practitioners and other health care professionals working with children and youth on the autism spectrum seeking an in-depth Introductory Educational Level professional development activity.
Other neurodivergent populations include: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), gifted children & youth, developmental delay (DD), gragile X & other syndromes, schizophrenia & bipolar disorder, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), prematurity, trauma & anxiety (AOTA Practice Guidelines for Children and Youth with Challenges in Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing, 2018).
The research literature shows that up to 80% of neurodivergent children & youth who do not have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience significant sensory processing differences that affect their ability to optimally engage in meaningful daily tasks or occupations and, therefore, the content discussed in this course and BEST strategies will apply to other neurodivergent populations.
Do keep in mind that my clinical experience is primarily with kids and youth on the autism spectrum. The case studies & videos will focus on autism but all of my content can be applied to all children & youth who experience sensory processing challenges.
While the target audience for this course course are occupational therapy praticitioners (OTs & OTAs) other health care and education professionals have taken my courses and are most welcomed to register!
I’ve had Speech-Language Pathologists, Physiotherapists, Board Certified Behaviour Therapists, Behaviour Therapists, Pediatricians, Dietitians, Early Childhood Educators, Teachers and Education Assistants attend my courses in the past and had great feedback from them.
No matter what. your professional background is, this course will equip you with concrete and actionable evidence based sensory-based interventions (SBIs) that will be able to implement in your sessions or classroom settings right away.
Please note that all participants will be provided with a Certificate of Completion for.a total of 10 professional development contact hours. Occupational therapy practitioners seeking AOTA CEUs will be able receive 1.0 AOTA CEUs provided that they meet the necessary accreditation requirements (completion of a pre and post self-assessment question and multiple choice quiz).
Of course! Many people have joined my courses from different time zones in the past. All 8 modules, resources & (if you are not able to attend LIVE) the recordings of the two Zoom Live Q&A sessions will be made available on an ongoing basis from June 26th, 2023 until September 22nd, 2023.
Yes, I want you to be fully satisfied with your investment.
Full refunds will be given if requested before the first course date or within the first 24 hours of the first 3 modules (Monday, June 26th, 2023 ) being delivered.
All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to Moira Pena at [email protected]
All cancellation/refund requests will be given in full provided they are requested within the above-specified timeline.
The full Cancellation Policy reads as follows:
Moira Pena Consulting Services reserves the right to modify the course’s tittle, description, preliminary agenda, registration dates and information on the course’s webpage. Moira Pena will notify participants on or before June 3rd, 2022 if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a course due to insufficient registration. Moira Pena reserves the right to modify, change the timing of the schedule, change the technology platform used in the course and/or cancel the course due to unexpected presenter’s circumstances such as the presenter no longer being able to offer the course, technical difficulties, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of Moira Pena Consulting Services by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the course is cancelled by Moira Pena Consulting Services, participants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. Moira Pena Consulting Services will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by participants as a result of any such changes.
Yes! I am an AOTA approved provider of professional development and this PD activity has been approved for 1.0 AOTA CEUs (10 contact hours). If you are seeking AOTA CEUs, please email me at [email protected] to let me know as I need to follow a specific process in order for you to receive 1.0 AOTA CEUs. I will also be providing a Certificate of Completion for all participants. This certificate will state the number or clock hours of course content (total of 10) and, if applicable, 1.0 AOTA CEUs.
Of course! Just email me at [email protected] or [email protected] & I will send you a registration form that will enable your employer to register you or your team by sending a cheque or making a direct deposit.
Please note that if you’d rather use e-transfer, the email to make the e-transfer payment to is [email protected]
“The I completed this course after listening to Moira speak at another conference. Her genuineness, knowledge, and passion towards providing strength based, neuro-affirming intervention based on the most up to date evidence makes her so engaging to listen too. I loved the hybrid learning model to the course where I was able to complete the modules at my own pace but then had the opportunity to participate in interactive discussion groups where there was opportunity to apply learned information into everyday / practical situations. The course material and resources shared within the course have been a great asset to me in my everyday practice and have been something I continue to reference. Thank you, Moira, for your ongoing leadership and willingness so share your knowledge and experiences with others.“
“Moira’s Autism & Sensory Processing: Concepts, Evidence & BEST Strategies course contains foundational learning as well as the latest evidence on supporting children and adults with sensory processing differences. A strengths-based neurodiversity affirming and trauma-informed approach is central to the whole course. Moira centres Autistic people’s voices and experiences in examples and all assessment/intervention principles. I love the clarity of her BEST model and can directly apply it to my work as a school-based occupational therapist. Her practical strategies have increased my confidence for starting a new school year with effective skills and tools. Thank you Moira for offering this much needed course!”
“I really enjoyed your Level 1 online course! The content was thorough, practical and well-organized and the evidence was clearly indicated which is always helpful to guide and inform our practices. I really valued the flexibility of viewing the modules at my own pace and schedule, and the live sessions were wonderful to discuss the course content, brainstorm together, and network. The course was validating for my current practice as an OT, but also a great reminder for other information as well as learning some new strategies that I can incorporate into my practice. It definitely met my expectations and I have already recommended it to several other colleagues.”
“I loved your course especially all of the up to date research on sensory processing and ASD! I am still listening to your wonderful course and always learning something new each time I listen. It was amazing to have been part of the online discussions with OTs, SLPs and other service providers from all around the globe. A dynamic and interactive learning platform that was both academic and practical. By completing your course I can confirm that I have learned so much and grown as therapist. Thanks to your course, I am currently using many new sensory based approaches and strategies in my practice with autistic adults with more confidence knowing about the results and research backing my interventions!
AUTISM & SENSORY PROCESSING LEVEL 1 Hybrid Online Course:
SENSORY PROCESSING & AUTISM:
CONCEPTS, EVIDENCE & BEST STRATEGIES
Please note that e-transfers are accepted at [email protected]