Sensory AND Behavior: Two-Day Course



Product Description

Sensory AND Behavior: A comprehensive approach to managing challenging behaviors

March 2–3, 2018

Location: Milestone Therapy, 2906 Highway Ave., Highland, IN 46322

Course Description: Aggressive students who don’t seem to respond to traditional consequences? Wrist-biters for whom no sensory strategy seems to work? Excessive outbursts for no apparent reason? Frustrated teachers and parents who have “tried it all” to no avail?

Day one of this innovative course will take an in-depth look at sensory modulation and it’s impact on behavior, emotions, motor skills, speech, cognition, and academic ability.  Gwen will guide you through the neurochemicals involved in sensory modulation, and demonstrate the correlation between related disorders such as Bipolar, anxiety, ADHD, and Autism.  You will gain insight into assessment options, learn to link assessment results to problematic behaviors, and use that knowledge to develop a sensory modulation plan to proactively meet the fundamental sensory needs of the children on your caseload.

Day two will go beyond the sensory realm into the exploration of the behavioral and cognitive frames of references to help you address those issues that are neither “just sensory” nor “just behavioral.”  Gwen will introduce you to a whole-brain approach to addressing challenging behaviors such as self-injurious behaviors, aggression, meltdowns, toilet-training, picky-eating, and masturbation.  This seminar will leave you with handy forms, intervention tools, a make-it, take-it project, and the knowledge you need to differentiate behavioral issues from sensory ones. You will learn to use a combination of best-practice, evidence-based approaches to meet the needs of your most difficult clients.

Learning Outcomes

The participant will be able to:

  1. Identify the three types of sensory modulation disorders and their impact on behavior.
  2. Select sensory strategies to effectively meet the needs of children in multiple environments.
  3. Identify the roles of neurochemicals in sensory processing and related diagnoses.
  4. Utilize a method of behavior analysis to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
  5. Recognize current cognitive and behavioral approaches and understand how to integrate these with a sensory frame of reference.
  6. Create visual sensory diet tools to support children and teens in their daily environments.
  7. Collaborate with other professionals to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to address the most challenging behaviors.

Target Audience: introductory to advanced level OTs, PTs, SLPs and early intervention professionals

Methods of Instruction: lecture, “Make & Take” projects, group collaboration and problem-solving, demonstration, question and answer time

Course Instructor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR.  Gwen has specialized in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorders. Gwen is the owner of Sensational Brain LLC and the creator of the popular BrainWorks sensory diet tool. Gwen has traveled nationwide presenting on topics related to sensory processing since 2009.


  • Financial: Gwen Wild is the owner of Sensational Brain LLC and receives registration fees for her presentations.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

CEU Information

Sensational Brain, LLC, is an Approved Provider for the Indiana Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of IOTA CE hours does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by IOTA. IOTA course approval # 2017031 for 12 contact hours. Content Focus- OT Process: Intervention.

This course has been approved for 12.5 continuing education hours for occupational therapy practitioners by
the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association. Approved provider number: 815721. Content Focus- OT Process: Intervention.

The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association. Course 820-7056 approved for 12 CE hours.

This course has been approved for 12 contact hours by the Indiana Physical Therapy Association. Approval #006987887C789.

The Illinois Early Intervention Training Program has approved this event for 12 hours of EI credential credit in the area of assessment (1 hour), atypical development (2 hours) and intervention (9 hours).

Indiana First Steps has approved this course for 12 contact hours of professional development.

Sensational Brain LLC has applied to become an ASHA Approved CE Provider. As of February 15, status is pending. Please email for up-to-date information.

This course content is not intended for use by any participants outside the scope of their license or regulation.


Price is $325 per participant.

Course Agenda

 Day One

8:00 am

Sensory Modulation Theory

  • Sensory Modulation Continuum
  • Modulation Disorders – Over/Under Responsivity and Sensory-Seeking
  • Evolution of the “Sensory Diet”
  • Research supporting the use of sensory strategies and a “sensory diet” approach

Assessment of Sensory Needs

  • Signs and symptoms of sensory modulation disorders
  • Concurrent diagnoses and sensory processing “red flags”
  • Standardized assessments
  • Sensory processing checklists
  • Linking assessment to treatment

10:30 – 10:40 Break

Teaching Self-Modulation

  • Tools for teaching modulation
  • Visual sensory diet tools

11:30 – 12:30 Lunch

Activities for Modulation – Interactive Stations

  • Sensory activity stations

Putting the Pieces Together: Creating the Sensory Diet

  • Helpful Forms
  • Data-Tracking
  • Target Behaviors
  • “Plan B”: When a sensory diet isn’t enough…

Sensory Diets at Home

  • Home Adaptations
  • Home Recommendations
  • Case Studies

 Sensory Diets at School

  • Classroom Adaptations
  • Classroom Recommendations
  • Case Studies

3:30 Dismissal

Day Two

8:00 am

Review of Sensory Modulation Theory

  • Sensory Continuum
  • Neurochemicals involved in sensory modulation
  • Sensory vs. Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, ADHD and more

Addressing Behaviors from a Sensory Perspective

  • Behavior analysis from a sensory frame of reference
  • Pro-active vs. re-active intervention
  • Case-studies
  • Using sensory diets to address difficult behaviors
  • Research supporting the use of sensory strategies

10:30 – 10:44 Break

Whole-Brain Approach to Behavior Management in Students with Sensory Processing Issues

  • Addressing behaviors from sensory, cognitive, and behavioral standpoints
  • Overview of current cognitive approaches to behavior management
  • Overview of current behavioral approaches to behavior management
  • Integrating a sensory approach with other current, research-based approaches
  • Helpful forms (included in manual)

Make It, Take It Project

  • Assemble a customized visual support tool for use by clients/students

11:30 – 12:30  Lunch

Case Studies: Using a Whole-Brain Approach to Address Difficult Behaviors

  • Self-Injurious Behaviors
  • Toilet-Training
  • Aggression

2:00 – 2:15 Break

  • Masturbation
  • Rigidity/inflexibility
  • Meltdowns

Group Problem-Solving

  • Work in groups with instructor support to brainstorm strategies to meet the needs of your most challenging clients

 3:30 Dismissal


Special Needs Requests: Sensational Brain LLC will make accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you require specific accommodations because of a disability, please email at least 10 calendar days before the workshop date so that appropriate arrangements may be made.

Requests may also be made by calling Gwen at 817-564-4564 M–F from 8:00 AM–5:00 PM.

Satisfactory Completion Requirements: Participants must be attendance for the entire course as documented on the sign-in/sign-out sheet. Participants who arrive more than 15 minutes late or leave more than 15 minutes early may be eligible for an adjusted number of CEUs as determined by Gwen Wild. Participants are required to complete the Make & Take Project and actively engage in the group problem-solving.


In the event that Sensational Brain LLC and/or the hosting facility, Milestone Therapy, need to cancel a training because of inclement weather or for any other reason, all registrations will be fully refunded within 10 business days.

Cancellation requests must be received by email ( or phone (817-564-4564) at least 14 days prior to the start time of the seminar to receive a full refund. Cancellation requests received less than 14 days in advance will be processed within 10 days, minus a $25 processing fee


Privacy and Security of Learner Records: Permanent records of learners are kept in the main office of Sensational Brain LLC and are also accessible to Sensational Brain LLC employees in the admin section of These records are only viewable to Sensational Brain’s employees with access to the locked files or log-in information to the websites listed previously. Records are only made available to the learner or to other agencies upon written request by the learner.


Sensational Brain LLC recognizes and respects intellectual property rights and is committed to fulfilling our moral and legal obligations with respect to our use of copyright-protected works. This policy extends to instructors, webinar participants, and BrainWorks Online members. To access our complete copyright policy, click here.


Sensational Brain LLC will work to resolve all complaints made known on the course evaluation forms or directly to an employee of Sensational Brain LLC by email or phone. Any employee or course presenter who receives a complaint is expected to communicate the issue to Gwen Wild within 48 hours. Gwen Wild will determine the appropriate course of action and will provide a written or verbal response to either the participant who lodged the complaint or to the employee/contractor who received the complaint who will then be expected to pass on the response to the participant when appropriate. Complaints submitted through course evaluations will receive responses only when a determination is made that they are of such weight that further action is needed.