Making Sense Out of Sensory: Understanding Sensory Processing

Participants can take the course anytime between Monday, September 13 and Friday, November 5.

Online Presentation

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.

Participants will leave this training with practical strategies to implement in daily treatment of children.

See Registration section for details.


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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.



Presentation Outline

Welcome from CDIS

About the Presenter

Part 1

  • Understanding Differences
  • Where Do You Fall?
  • Case Studies
  • Practice
  • Relationships

Part 2

  • Sensory Motor Dysfunction - Diving Deeper
  • Embracing the Whole Child

Presentation Content

  • Pre-Recorded Video Presentations, Approx. 220 minutes
  • A Guided Activity
  • A Self-paced Reflection and Discussion
  • Supplemental Resources
  • Course Evaluation

This course is offered for 0.6 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level). You must complete the entire course for credit. Partial credit is not available.


Learning Objectives: Making Sense Out of Sensory

Participants will be able to:

Identify and interpret sensory processing systems and terms.
Identify and utilize the different quadrants of sensory processing according to Winnie Dunn, OT.
Identify and assess their own sensory issues.
Recognize and pinpoint sensory processing differences in children and when to refer.



$70 - Professionals (CEUs)

$30 - OSU Faculty/Staff and Off Campus Supervisors

$15 - Students



  • Online Registration creates your username and password for course access.
  • OSU Faculty, Staff and Students: Please register using your O-Key Credentials ( email).
  • Online Registration requires a credit or debit card for payment. (If payment by check or purchase order is necessary.)
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: You may only cancel with a full refund before accessing the course. Once you have accessed the course, refunds cannot be given.

Registration by mail:

Purchase order: Please make out your purchase order to Oklahoma State University, reference the PO number and the name of the school. Please include a registration form (brochure) for each person registered on the purchase order.

Make checks to OSU

213 Life Sciences East

Stillwater, OK 74078-3017


If you have an questions, or need additional information, you may contact:

Samantha Homann

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

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

Nonfinancial:  Speaker is a parent of a child who is living with ADHD/Sensory Processing/Tourette’s.