Is It Sensory OR Is It Behavior……..On-Demand Course


Join thousands of therapists who have taken this course already in 2021!

This course has been taken by therapists across the WORLD! Join Cara as she discusses the most recent research and evidence-based practice interventions for this engaging 2-hour webinar discussing various differences between sensory and behavior.

What’s new?

Behavior is a form of communication and is often the only way children are able to express themselves. This course contains the most recent research and treatment strategies to assist your child/clients/students. The resource section is packed with recommended books, articles/studies, and visual strategies you can use immediately.

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Description:  This 2-hour INTERMEDIATE (0.2 PDU) is pre-recorded/on-demand course so you can review or rewind the material according to your needs. Handouts are provided.

Course Description:  For years, we have been asking if a child’s behavior is the result of a sensory processing disorder or a behavioral issue. The answers seem quite complicated but knowing how to look at a situation and analyze it can help answer the question.

Have you ever wondered if children in your own clinic were experiencing a sensory meltdown or behavioral issue? This course will help! Occupational therapists are uniquely positioned to help answer this question and make recommendations to change the lives of children and their families. This course will assist therapists in helping teachers, parents, and others to determine the ‘why’ behind behaviors and suggest immediate changes to help children. With an emphasis on OTPF performance factors (AOTA, 2021), you’ll learn helpful tips, visuals, and strategies you can use immediately to help.

Certificate of attendance provided upon completion of the course and passing score of at least 80% on the post-test.

Target Audience:  OTs, COTAs, PTs, PTAs, teachers, therapists, social workers, counselors, parents, and anyone who works with children who have special needs.

Learning Objectives – The Attendee will:

  • Explain that behavior and anxiety are forms of communication when a child is dysregulated.
  • Determine strategies to address ‘problem’ behaviors such as fidgeting, transitions, and temper outbursts.
  • Articulate fun and functional sensory-motor experiences to build new sensory pathways and improve comfort for learning in all settings.


Instructor:  Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CAS is the course instructor.


Module 1 – Sensory processing disorder nosology broken-down

Module 2 – Trauma, anxiety, and survival responses defined and discussed

Module 3 – Interventions discussed and treatment strategies for behavior provided

Module 4 – Proactive and reactive responses introduced and reviewed with a fun, play-based approach

Course Completion Requirements:  The entire video must be viewed. The post-test requires an 80% score to receive a certificate of attendance. The link to the post-test will be provided in the course instructions document. E-mail so that Cara can review your score and signature.

INSTRUCTIONS:  The course handouts are in a downloadable PDF file. The link to download the handouts will be valid for two days only, however, the course may be completed when it’s convenient for you. Once completed, fill out the survey and e-mail me at to receive your course certificate.

Accommodations will be made to support learners in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have any special learning needs, please email before registering. 

Refund Policy:  No refunds will be issued after you have registered since handouts, videos, and related materials are provided immediately after purchase. However, you do have the option of moving your registration to another clinician, student, or attendee or viewing another course within 5 business days of your purchase. If the live course is canceled by the instructor, you will be given the option of a full refund or access to a recorded version of the course. Please contact with any questions or concerns regarding the course.

**Cara Koscinski discloses that she received an honorarium for instructing this course. She also published books relating to occupational therapy and mentions them in her ‘about me slides.’


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