BY ERNA BLANCHE, PHD, OTR, FAOTA
Skilled observations of sensory integrative dysfunction allow therapists to discreetly analyze a child’s behavior and skills and, in turn, develop more effective intervention plans. This very useful USB Key set provides guidelines for clinical observation and nonstandardized assessment. Dr. Erna Blanche, an internationally renowned expert on sensory integration, shows therapists how to observe and interpret children’s behavior from a sensory integration perspective. The USB Key and accompanying workbook show, step by step, how to administer specific observations, including those originally defined by Dr. A. Jean Ayres. These are specific tasks, postural responses, and signs of nervous system integrity associated with sensory integrative functioning. Dr. Blanche compares children’s skills using split-screen images and in-depth discussion. The workbook provides a table of observations, normative information, a glossary, references, and worksheets that support the learning process.
This set is an excellent way for occupational therapists to develop skills in nonstandardized assessment. The observations demonstrated can be used with children of varying ages and skill levels.