The Role of Sensory Integration in Recovery Oriented Trauma Informed Care

Kathleen W. Gorman & Kim Kohl | September 23 | 2:45 - 3:45 PM | Room 2582

Empirical evidence indicates that individuals exposed to trauma are at risk of sensory processing deficits including defensiveness, modulation, integration and registration. Deficiencies in sensory processing are linked with poor emotional regulation, anxiety disorders, and depression. Sensory integration supports self-regulation of the central nervous system, attachment, and reduction of seclusion and restraint. The empirical evidence and utilization of sensory approaches in mental health practice has significantly increased over the last decade. The integration of sensory and trauma informed interventions are an emerging practice area in the treatment of trauma. This presentation aims to provide education about the framework of sensory integration, the impact of trauma on the body’s stress regulation systems, and the use of sensory interventions in trauma informed care. Participants will have the opportunity to administer sensory assessments and trial sensory interventions.

Presentation Objectives:

·         Participants will be able to discuss the framework of sensory integration.

·         Participants will be able to discuss the relationship between the sensory integration and trauma.

·         Participants will be able to describe the benefits of sensory integration in trauma informed care.

Participants will be able to identify sensory approaches to integrate into practice.

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