Sensory Integration & Pain Relief

A Novel Approach for Helping People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their Caregivers

Presented by Caitlin Freeman

Saturday, September 15, 2012

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.


ABOARD’s Autism Connection of PA

35 Wilson St. Suite 100

Pittsburgh, PA 15223

Many children and adults with ASD have sensory processing challenges. These individuals often have difficulty taking in information from their senses of touch, movement, balance, hearing, and vision and integrating this information into a meaningful whole. This presentation will explain these sensory issues from the perspective of an adult with ASD and Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). Participants will learn simple, effective techniques for helping individuals with ASD and SPD achieve sensory integration. Parents, teachers, and therapists who work with individuals with ASD and SPD will benefit from these practical strategies. Individuals with ASD and SPD will also benefit, and are encouraged to attend.

Learning objectives

  • Describe how to identify and distinguish the 3 subtypes of SPD.
  • Describe practical strategies for treating SPD.
  • Describe practical strategies for treating chronic pain.
  • Understand that the brain’s misinterpretation of sensory data is responsible for both SPD and chronic pain.

Continuing Education Credits


The Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD) is an Approved Provider of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA.)  A maximum of 0.3 credits (3 contact hours) will be awarded upon successful completion of the seminar. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.


The Allegheny Intermediate Unit is recognized by the PA Department of Education to offer continuing education credits ACT 48 under guidelines. A maximum of 3 hours of PA EDUCATORS ACT 48 credits will be awarded for the completion of the seminar.  A certificate of attendance is provided as well.


For social workers, 3 credit hours of continuing education are provided for the completion of the seminar through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a Pennsylvania-approved sponsor of social work continuing education.


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