Introduction of Occupational Therapy through the Sensory Modulation Program: Treating Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Other Behavioral Health Disorders


Miranda Tippie, MOT, OTR/L,CDCA | September 21 | 1:30-2:30 PM

Topic: Healthcare, Direct Service | Knowledge Level: Intermediate

Through community-based practice, occupational therapy has impacted clients lives through sensory approaches of calming and alerting techniques to manage symptoms and increase occupational engagement. Using sensory-based approaches and a trauma-informed-care mindset expands treatment opportunities. Implementing sensory modulation techniques is beneficial to expand innovative treatment approaches for clients, especially those who have experienced trauma. Interventions related to sensory processing include activities and modalities with specific types and amounts of sensation, at strategic times of use, for a therapeutic purpose (Champagne, 2009).  Interventions through the use of the sensory modulation program created by Tine Champagne will assist in expanding growth in clients to decrease symptoms and increase occupational engagement to build skills for independent living. Increasing awareness to self-regulation, building sensory tool kits, developing sensory diets, and establishing sensory spaces will expand treatment with individuals with PTSD and other behavioral health needs. In this session you will gain an understanding of sensory based approaches and how to implement them to enhance treatment for survivors of human trafficking.

Presentation Objectives:

·  Identify specific assessments to use for sensory modulation treatments.

·  Examine sensory modulation treatment approaches to calm and alert clients to expand self-regulation skills.

·  Discuss how to put together a sensory diet for individuals with PTSD and/or other behavioral health needs.

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