Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT, and Betty Paris, PT, MEd, C/NDT
Intervention for Challenging Behaviors Carolyn Murray-Slutsky, MS OTR, C/NDT and Betty Paris, PT, M. Ed, C/NDT Avoiding Obtaining
Challenging behaviors may be both sensory and behavior. But how do you know which behaviors are sensory and which behaviors are not? The Intervention for Challenging Behavior Form, from the book Is It Sensory or Is It Behavior? Intervention Strategies, helps guide your analysis of all the functions the behavior may serve. Behaviors serve a function to obtain or avoid something sensory or social/communication. The Intervention for Challenging Behaviors Form includes two graphs the Avoiding graph and the Obtaining graph(Murray-Slutsky and Paris 2005).
Sensory diet activities are used by many children within the school environment to help them stay organized, regulated and learning through their day. The attached strategies can be integrated into the child’s day.
Murray-Slutsky, C. and B. Paris (2014). Autism Interventions; Exploring the Spectrum of Autism. Austin, Texas, Hammill Institute on Disabilities, Table 5.1 , pages 114 -115.
Children with Asperger syndrome need intervention beyond improving social skills. Occupational therapists can provide the vital link to helping children become successful adults. Key areas include improving the child’s; attention, learning and flexibility; physical ability to function; social and play skills; and prevocational skills.
Murray-Slutsky, C. (2004). An OT Approach to Asperger, OT Practice, (June 28), p.14-19.
The client with cerebral palsy often shows signs of problems integrating sensory information in combination with a motor disorder. Therapists frequently ask whether or not Sensory Integration and Neuro-developmental treatment techniques can be integrated successfully for treating the child with cerebral palsy. Although there are distinct differences between the techniques, each has valuable potentials for achieving improvements.
Tooth grinding, also termed bruxism, is a worrisome event. If left untreated it can wear away biting surfaces, and cause headache, jaw disorders, tempromandibular joint pain, and facial pain. Sensory processing disorders, characterized by both over-responsivity and under-responsivity to sensory information, can lead to bruxism, but respond well to sensory integrative-based intervention. The therapist knowledgeable in sensory processing disorders, modifications to daily living skills and in functional skills training has valuable strategies to aid in the treatment of bruxism.
Paris, B. & Murray-Slutsky, C., (2007). Tooth Grinding- How Can I Stop It? Sensory Net Newsletter. The Sensory Integration Network (UK and Ireland) 27. (August).
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