How to Become a Sensory Chef
"Creating Sensory Diets that Work"
Just as the body needs food to survive and function, the brain requires sensation. Putting together the correct combination of sensations that will offer the brain a balanced diet of sensations requires the skills of a sensory chef. In this one day class, clinicians will learn specific protocols, based on the H.O.P.E Method (Harper's Optimal Protocols for Enrichment) to create balanced sensory meals and sensory snacks with the goal of fostering and maintaining self-regulatory skills throughout the day. Included will be how to address difficult situation, increase compliance with the sensory diet and demonstrate positive outcomes. This program will provide participants with practical, easy to implement strategies for the home and school environment.
TheraPeeds uses an interactive medium in all classes and the programs are structured to cover each of the learning outcomes in each segment of instruction. The conclusion of each segment involves a review of the content covered and questions to assess the acquisition of learning outcomes.
At the completion of this class you will be able to:
Define what is a sensory diet and identify the components parts.
Distinguish between accommodations and a sensory diet.
Create a customized plan for a sensory diet based on child, parent and /or teacher needs.
Create specific sensory meals based on the client’s arousal level.
Create specific sensory snacks based on the client’s arousal level.
Determine when and how to discharge a client from a sensory diet.
Occupational and Physical Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists and educators.
- Gathering the Ingredients to plan your diet
Participants will gain a working knowledge of the necessary components of a sensory diet and how it functions in the CNS
- In the Sensory 'Kitchen'
Participants will learn how to create individualized sensory diets (meals and snacks) based on the child's specific processing disorder and arousal state
- Making The Sensory Diet 'Palatable'
Learn how to present and create appropriate sensory diets based on the family and/or classroom needs. Including adjusting sensory diets to difficult situations and demonstrating the efficacy of the diet for increased compliance
- Case Studies
Participants will design sensory diets based on presented case studies
This course has been approved for 6 Contact Hours / 0.6 CEUs by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). TheraPeeds, Inc., is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). (The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA).
A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course.