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Course Description

Sensory Processing Disorder or Sensory Integration Challenges describe a difference in the way that some individual's senses are processed by the brain. This can cause a range of challenges for a student in a classroom/school environment. The bulk of these challenges can appear as difficult behaviours exhibited by a student and will often be handled in a way that is not conducive to student learning and wellbeing. Additionally, these issues can be disruptive to the overall running of the classroom.

This course provides an in-depth understanding of this condition, including the symptoms and behaviours associated with it, with a particular focus on how this presents in a classroom/school setting. It is vital that teachers are aware of what SPD or SI is and understand the various strategies and tools that can address some of these challenges. This course also provides a foundation for appreciating that prevention is the best strategy for SPD and providing a Positive Learning Environment is best practise for all students.


Targeted to teachers and others who will be in contact with students who have SPD.

Teaching Standards

1.6.2 Proficient Level - Know students and how they learn - Strategies to support full participation of students with disability:  Design and implement teaching activities that support the participation and learning of students with disability and address relevant policy and legislative requirements.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    Before you Start

    • Course Description & Goals

    • Welcome to Country

    • Professional Standards

  • 2

    Module One - Introduction

    • Introduction

    • Sensory Processing & Sensory Integration Disorders - A History

    • Activity: Sensory Simulation

    • The Future of the Research

  • 3

    Module Two - It Starts with The Brain

    • The Neurology & Physiology Of SPD

    • Sensory Overload Can Happen to Anyone

    • Understanding the Senses

    • The Role of the NCCD & the Undiagnosed

    • Activity: It Starts with the Brain & Imputed Disability

  • 4

    Module Three - Sensory Overload/Underload/Delay

    • Types of SPD

    • Understanding the Various Sensory Expressions

    • Sensory Processing Disorder Checklists

    • The Role of Anxiety In SPD

    • Sensory Issues are NOT Based in Behaviour

    • Activity: SPD & Anxiety

  • 5

    Module Four - What Does This Mean for you as the Teacher/Educator?

    • Positive Learning Environments

    • What you Do Matters?

    • Activity: Positive Learning Environments

  • 6

    Module Five - Implications For Learning

    • Partnering With Your Students

    • Activity: Partnering With Your Students

    • Strategies For The Classroom & School Environment

    • Activity: Strategies For The Classroom

    • In Conclusion

  • 7

    Course Feedback

    • Please take few minutes to give us your feedback

Do you teach in NSW? If so, this is relevant to you:

Completing Sensory Processing Challenges: What Every Teacher Needs to Know will contribute 7 hours of NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Accredited PD in the priority area of Students/children with disability addressing standard descriptor 1.6.2 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher Accreditation in NSW.



Karina Barley

Karina Barley

Karina Barley (PhD) is an internationally recognised educational consultant specialising in the needs of children with autism and their families. She has over 25 years of expertise as an educator, private one-on-one consultant, course developer and educational technology specialist. Karina is especially successful connecting with children who have autism and creating behavioural, sensory and educational strategies that help children reach their full potential. Her highly personable style, combined with extensive research, knowledge and firsthand experience of the needs of children with autism, makes her extremely effective and innovative in tailoring individual solutions for families and their schools. Using new and existing approaches, Karina integrates her pioneering work with iPad technology to create differentiated educational programs where children with autism can consistently experience success while learning.

Dr Barley is an accomplished and engaging, sought-after public speaker and teacher trainer. She has shared her significant insights and knowledge on such subjects as, Technology in Education, Technology and Autism, Autism Awareness, 21st Century Learning, Technology and Curriculum Development and other subjects in the United States, Australia and as a keynote guest speaker for international face to face and online conferences.

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