Workshop Overview: Workshop Overview (40 word max.) - This presentation explores the unique presentation, neurobiology, and challenges associated with SPD and other sensory-related/neurodiverse mental health disorders in the playroom. It introduces specific sensory concepts and their presentation in the playroom. As well as play therapy interventions, provides experiential applications in the playroom, and a neurobiologically-informed treatment conceptualization and planning.
Describe the fundamentals and clinical presentation of sensory processing disorder (SPD), and other related sensory-related disorders in the playroom.
Apply comprehensive knowledge regarding the primary sensory and neurobiological functions that inform sensory-processing challenges (eg., vestibular deficits) and its impact in play therapy.
Identify differences between SPD and other childhood mental health disorders (eg. ADHD, Anxiety), and 3-5 unique challenges associated with this population that prove optimal treatment is achieved through play therapy.
Design 3-4 treatment goals for this unique population, assess when to refer to outside resources and how to collaborate with appropriate professionals to best assist families.
Analyze and practice at least 2 play therapy techniques/interventions for Proprioception needs, as well as create a sensory-lifestyle for a case example.
Analyze and practice at least 2 play therapy techniques/interventions for Vestibular & Interoception needs, as well as create a sensory-lifestyle for a case example.
Analyze and practice at least 2 play therapy techniques/interventions for Tactile needs, as well as create a sensory-lifestyle for a case example.
Analyze and practice at least 2 play therapy techniques/interventions for Auditory & Visual needs, as well as create a sensory-lifestyle for a case example.
Utilize skills to effectively communicate to parents the therapeutic necessity of utilizing sensory-based modalities, such as play therapy and sandtray therapy, for their children with sensory processing dysfunction.
Identify appropriate referral sources for SPD and determine appropriate optimal treatment is achieved through play therapy when resources are limited.
Apply comprehensive knowledge to support creation of a sensory lifestyle plan using play therapy/filial therapy techniques with parents/guardians.
Cary M. Hamilton, MA.MFT, LMHC-S, RPT-S, CMHS, CDWF, NCC
Cary M. Hamilton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor- Supervisor, Registered Play Therapy-Supervisor and Child Mental Health Specialist and mother of two, including one with SPD. Trained by the STAR institute in Sensory Processing Disorder. She is an International & National trainer and educator on her specialized topics. She is the past president of WAAPT. Director and Professor of Play Therapy at Antioch University’s Play Therapy Certificate Program.
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