Sensory processing in the ELC 2023119F
May 12, 2023 - Dec 31, 2023
Full course description
Date and time
Friday 12 May 2023, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm
In person at ISV, 40 Rosslyn St, West Melbourne
From the way we process sounds, sights and movement, or feel textures and our body position, sensory processing affects our interaction with the world and has a huge impact on a students emotional regulation and school functioning. This one-day workshop takes a deep dive into sensory processing, and looks at practical strategies to identify and support students with sensory differences in the classroom. This is particularly relevant for teachers working with neurodiverse students with ASD or ADHD.
As our understanding of neurodivergence evolves, there is more and more evidence confirming the impact of sensory processing differences on children’s functioning across their environments. Learning how to identify students with sensory processing differences, and implementing various strategies to support these students is essential training for anyone working in early childhood education.
- a clear understanding of sensory processing
- understanding of how differences in sensory processing can affect general functioning and engagement at kindergarten
- the ability to identify students with sensory processing issues
- knowledge of ELC based strategies that assist students to manage their sensory needs
- the confidence to identify sensory components of activities/routines
- knowledge about key signs that identify neurodivergence including Autism and ADHD
Amanda MacLean has worked as a Paediatric Occupational Therapist for the past 20 years, spending time in the major children’s hospitals in Melbourne, Sydney and London. During this time, she has been lucky enough to work beside leading neurodevelopmental medical consultants, and is now able to bring a range of approaches to her work with children. Amanda started her therapy services in 2007. Her specialist experience assessing and working with children with a wide range of difficulties and disabilities resulted in a high demand for services and a team grew from there. Amanda has worked extensively in schools and feels passionate about providing training for teachers and parents in the area of inclusion and early intervention. She uses a functional approach during therapy, working towards practical and achievable goals to help children better participate in the school environment.
Link(s) to relevant VRQA Standards
- Curriculum and Student Learning – Student learning outcomes
- Care, Safety and Welfare of Students – Safe environment