NPR, City Visions Radio presents:
“Sensory Processing Disorder Inches Toward the Mainstream”
Airs live on Monday September 16, 7:00 PM, KALW 91.7 FM San Francisco
(San Francisco)--September 16, 2013. Do you know a child who is upset by loud noises and crowds? Or one who is especially impulsive, not in control of his body and emotions? Or still another one who seems to be in a fog, always a step behind? These children are different from their peers in that their varied symptoms seem to get in the way of the basic work of childhood - to learn and to play.
These children might be diagnosed with Sensory Defensiveness, a neurological “glitch” that impairs their ability to process sensory input. What is Sensory Defensiveness and why is it controversial? How is Sensory Defensiveness different from other Sensory Processing Disorders? What are the unorthodox treatments that some claim can make a big difference in the lives of these children?
Join host David Onek and guests to examine Sensory Defensiveness and UCSF's new use of brain imaging to help understand it:
Cassie Britton, Cassie is the Child Development Specialist and Program Director at The Little School, where she has also served as a Head Teacher. Additionally, she runs Sensory Social Playgroups, as well as provides consulting and in-home support services. She graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Child Development and Family Studies.
Introduction to Understanding and Supporting
Sensory Processing Needs in the Classroom
Cassie Britton, Co-founder of Sensory Social Playgroups, Child Development Specialist at The Little School, and Fiona Zecca, M.A., Co-founder of Sensory Social Playgroups
This workshop will offer a brief overview of Sensory Integration Theory, delving into the importance of tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive processing as it relates to a child’s motor, speech and language, cognitive and social/emotional development. You will also be provided some concrete strategies aimed at supporting a range of sensory needs in the classroom. Elementary School.
Cassie Britton and Fiona Zecca, Co-founders of Sensory Social Playgroups and Child Development Specialists, will work with us in a three hour workshop – Understanding and Supporting Individual Sensory Profiles to Support Academic and Social Successes. The workshop will be Friday, April 4th, from 12:10-3:00 PM.
Cassie Britton is co-founder of Sensory Social Playgroups and Child Development Specialist at the Little School and Fiona Zecca, co-founder of Sensory Social Playgroups. They will be working with us on understanding sensory profiles. We’ll discuss specific strategies to help use developmental information to support a child's self-knowledge in order to optimize their ability to be focused, organized, regulated and constructively engaged at school.