Making Sense Out of Sensory: Understanding Sensory Processing

Friday, April 17, 2020
Wes Watkins Center
Oklahoma State University

Speech–language pathologists commonly treat children exhibiting diverse and complex developmental issues, including those involving challenges with sensory processing or integration. Treatments designed to address these difficulties can take various forms. Most treatments are sensory-based and involve providing specialized sensory input to the child or adapting the environment to allow the child to benefit from treatment approaches.

In order for SLPs to play an integral role in identifying and treating children with dyslexia, SLPs must have extensive knowledge and understanding of the nature of the disability. They must also be able to identify the core language skills that correlate with dyslexia and understand the process of reading development.

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Kari Rains, M.S., C.C.P.S.

Kari Rains, has worked as a child and parenting specialist and child development specialist. She has more than 10 years clinical experience in the early intervention program provided by the state of Oklahoma. With this work, Kari has continually strived to find practical solutions for families and early childhood teachers and directors who have few resources within the rural areas of Oklahoma. This includes providing practical solutions to those living and working with children struggling with social and emotional regulation issues.

Kari’s middle child is living with ADHD/Sensory Processing/Tourette’s. This allows her to see first-hand the realities of being a parent whose child has difficulty with change. She is able to apply this experience in being an early childhood professional.

Kari has served as an adjunct instructor, published two books and numerous research articles in the field of child development, including articles in Exchange®. She was a co-author with Dr. Jane Humphries on the book, A Fighting Chance: Supporting Young Children Experiencing Disruptive Change, published by Redleaf Press® in May 2017. Kari earned her undergraduate degree in communication sciences and disorders and her master’s degree in child development from Oklahoma State University.




8:00 - 8:30
Registration and continental breakfast
8:30 - 9:00
Speaker introduction and session overviews
9:00 - 10:00
Understanding Differences – This time will be spent defining sensory processing terms, understanding typical sensory development and recognizing differences in development.
10:00 - 10:15
10:15 - 12:00
Where do you fall? In this section, participants will learn about their own sensory system and how their sensory issues affect their relationships and their work.
12:00 - 1:00
Lunch, on your own
1:00 - 2:15
Case studies. Participants will explore the issues of four different case studies, discuss sensory diagnosis of each and provide strategies for working with children with these specific types of sensory differences.
2:15 - 2:30
2:30 - 4:00
Participants will be given scenarios and asked for ideas and strategies to be shared for each scenario. There will be a short question and answer period at the end of the session.

Learning Objectives: Making Sense Out of Sensory

Participants will be able to:

Understand sensory processing systems and terms.
Identify and understand the different quadrants of sensory processing according to Winnie Dunn, OT.
Identify your own sensory issues.
Recognize sensory processing differences in children and when to refer Participants will leave this training with practical strategies to implement in daily treatment of children.


Register before April 8th, Prices increase after March 27th at midnight.

$90 (late fee $120) - Professionals

$40 (late fee $70) - OSU Faculty and Off Campus Supervisors

$20 (late fee $30) - Students



  • This course This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area). Full attendance required. No credit for partial attendance.
  • Registration includes refreshments.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cannot attend, you may send a substitute or receive a credit memo toward a future CCCD conference. If you cancel your registration by March 16th, your registration fee will be refunded, less $50.
  • If you need any special accommodations or assistance, or if you need more information please call 405.744.8214 or email

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213 Life Sciences East

Stillwater, OK 74078-3017

Phone: 405-744-8214


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ASHA logoOklahoma ABLE Tech is approved by the Continuing Education Bord of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) to provide contuniung education activities in speech-language pathology and audiology. See course information for number of ASHA CEUs, instructional level and content area. ASHA CE Provider approval does not imply endorsement of course content, specific products or clinical procedures.

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Financial: Speaker is receiving an honorarium from the CCCD Conference, OSU, for this talk. Speaker has a financial relationship with Fiddle Focus.