The Intersection of Mindfulness and Sensory Processing: Fostering Connection Through Sensory Awareness

When
Thursday, Oct 27, 2022 7:00pm – 8:30pm
where
Live on Zoom

Fee

$ 120.00

The Intersection of Mindfulness and Sensory Processing: Fostering Connection Through Sensory Awareness


Deirdre Azzopardi, OTD


Thursday, October 27 11, 2022 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time


Scheduled Date: 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17


4 session | 1.5 hours per session | weekly


Online via Zoom


Description

As DIR® practitioners sensory processing is at the forefront of our mind and vital to our work. Mindfulness practices are complementary to sensory integration/processing frameworks and each can enhance the other’s potency, thereby improving outcomes for clients. These series of classes will introduce the basic tenets of mindfulness and its use in combination with sensory processing. We will explore the evidence supporting the use of mindfulness with neurodivergent populations, especially with autistic children, adults and the people that serve them, while also learning concrete mindfulness practices that can be incorporated into sensory-based work with children. At the same time we know that relationships is at the heart of the DIR® approach including the relationship with ourselves. Mindfulness practices teach us how to be more present and aware, while getting to know our own nervous systems, so we can be better partners to those we serve.

Learning Objectives

Understand the basic tenants of mindfulness

Recognize how sensory processing is impacted by mindfulness practices

Get a better understanding of the evidence regarding mindfulness practices with autistic populations

Who should attend?

Any DIR® practitioner’s work can be enhanced with mindfulness practices.

Deirdre Azzopardi, OTD is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of experience working with neurodivergent children in both private and public school settings. She has both a bachelor’s degree and doctoral degree in occupational therapy and a master’s degree in psychology. She has extensive training in sensory integration including certification in administering the SIPT (Sensory integration and Praxis Test), DIRFloortime®, Autplay, Self Reg and the SOS Feeding Approach. Dr. Azzopardi is also a registered yoga teacher for both adults and children (RYT 200 and RCYT 95) as well as a trained mindfulness instructor.