Building Block of Movement & Praxis

Past Event

Event Details:
Date: 21st & 22nd September 2015 (Monday – Tuesday)
Time: 8.00am – 5.00pm
Topic: Building Block of Movement & Praxis
Speaker: Dr Teresa May-Benson, USA
Fees: Individual – RM1,200 per person, Groups of 3 – RM1,120 per person

About the Speaker:
Dr. Teresa A. May-Benson is the Executive Director of the Spiral Foundation as well as a practicing occupational therapist at OTA The Koomar Center. She is active in conducting research related to sensory integration through the Spiral Foundation’s Sensory Processing Research Center and Laboratory. She has authored book chapters and articles on praxis and sensory integration, and completed her doctoral dissertation on ideational praxis. Dr. May-Benson received her bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University and her master’s degree from Boston University with a concentration in sensory integration and school system therapy. She was a Maternal and Child Health Fellow in the Doctoral Program in Therapeutic Studies at Boston University. She has received the Virginia Scardinia Award of Excellence from AOTA for her work in ideational praxis. Dr. May-Benson has a diverse background as a clinical practitioner having worked in private and public school settings as well as private practice. She has a special interest in, and extensive experience with autism, particularly older students and adults.

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About the Event:

Day 01: Introduction to Sensory Integration and Praxis for Individuals with Disabilities

Course Description: This course will provide an overview of sensory integration intervention and praxis theory and intervention as applied to individuals across the lifespan with various disabilities from autism to intellectual and multiple physical disabilities.   The relation of various factors such as diagnoses, medications, and behaviors to sensory integration and praxis problems will be discussed.  A model to guide identification and treatment of sensory integration and praxis problems will be presented.  Knowledge of this model will be used to assist in identification and writing of sensory integration and praxis treatment goals for these populations.  This course will give participants a solid understanding of how sensory integration and praxis problems present across a variety of conditions and will highlight the importance of identifying and treating these problems across the lifespan.  A practical model for identification and treatment of these problems and guideline on identification and production of goals for intervention will provide practical and immediately useful application of knowledge.  Use of videos and case studies will support learning.

Take Home Points:
By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Identify how various factors such as medications, diagnoses, etc. are related to sensory integration and praxis problems.
  • Describe how sensory integration and praxis problems relate to behavioral difficulties seen in individuals with disabilities.
  • Identify various factors which impact the presentation of sensory integration and praxis dysfunction across the lifespan.
  • Describe a model for understanding and treating sensory integration and praxis dysfunction.


Day 02: Building Blocks for Movement and Praxis: Promoting the Development of Motor Skills and Praxis

Course Description:  This one-day course will provide an overview of early motor development and praxis with an emphasis on the contribution of infant reflexes to later motor skill development and praxis. The role of motor development and praxis on motor skills performance and function will be highlighted.  Practical intervention strategies will be presented which are appropriate for use in a variety of clinic, home and school environments. The format will involve lecture, videos, and interactive discussions between presenters and the audience.

Take Home Points:
By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the relationship of early motor development to praxis.
  • Explain the role of infant reflexes in the development of later movement patterns and praxis.
  • Identify how praxis difficulties affect motor performance and function.
  • Apply knowledge about motor development and praxis to create practical intervention strategies.


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