Sensory Processing and Behavior

When working with children and youth with autism, therapists often find it challenging to navigate client behaviors and responses that may be caused by sensory processing differences. This webinar will discuss sensory processing science and taxonomy. Lauren will utilize case vignettes to explore how some behavioral patterns may communicate underlying sensory seeking and avoiding responses, and how to address them. With this knowledge, therapists can enable their clients to engage in real-life activities with their peers, you as their therapists and/or other adults. 

Closed Captioned in English!

BONUS: PRACTICAL TOOLKIT - Fillable Worksheet: Studying Sensory Behavior; Chart: Interventions Principles for Sensory Processing and Behavior

Course Curriculum

  Sensory Processing and Behavior: What Are Your Clients with Autism Communicating?
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Sensory Processing and Behavior: ASD

Watch and Re-watch! 60-day Access

Questions regarding payment or purchase order? Email Carlo at [email protected]


What therapists say about this course

This was a great detailed overview of sensory processing. I have had bits and pieces of this but this will be a big resource for me. It updates my information on this topic. 

- PT with 38 years of experience

Nice review of sensory effects on behavior, and I appreciate using the lens of whether the purpose of the behavior is to avoid or obtain the sensory input.

- OT with 8 years of experience

I enjoyed learning about the differentiation between sensory processing disorders and sensory integration difficulties. Well done!

- PT with 28 years of experience

INSTRUCTOR: Lauren Holahan, PhD, OT/L has 20+ yrs experience in school-based practice as an OT, a district administrator, and a statewide consultant for OT. She currently serves as Coordinator for State Systemic Improvement Plan (Indicator 17), School Mental Health & Medicaid with the NC Department of Public Instruction. She also served as the Chair of NC Board of Occupational Therapy from 2008 to 2012.




At the completion of the course, the learner is expected to:

  1. Differentiate sensory integration theory and sensory processing
  2. Identify 2 forms of sensory processing disorders and their behavioral manifestations
  3. Determine 2 strategies that can be utilized to address the sensory processing needs of a client with autism so that they may participate in meaningful activities in the areas of ADL, play, education and others.


  • Historical overview of sensory integration theory and sensory processing
  • Taxonomy of sensory processing
  • Investigating client behavior as a function of sensory processing
  • Interventions and support for challenging sensory-based behaviors 
  • Post-test: 10-item multiple choice. 70% correct answers required to receive a certificate


1.5 continuing education hours of training are awarded to learners who complete this course.

  • Apply EBP, LLC is an approved provider of CEUs for PTs and PTAs in IL and NY; and for OTs and OTAs in IN, IL, and AOTA (see imprimatur below for details).
  • This webinar is approved for PTs and PTAs in AR and CA.
  • These OT state boards accept approval by other state boards or associations: AL, AK, AR, DE, FL, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NV, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OR, OK, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VT, VA, WI and DC.
  • These PT state boards accept approval by other states boards, other state associations, or AOTA: AK, AZ, DE, HI, IN, KY, MI, MT, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, TN, UT, VT, VA, WI, WY and DC.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for OTs and OTAs: AZ, CA, CO, CT, GA, HI, ID, IA, KS, ME, MA, NE, NJ, UT, WA, WV and WY.
  • These states do not require pre-approval of courses or have no CE requirements for PTs and PTAs: AL, CO, CT, GA, IA, KS, ME, MA, MO, NE, NH, and WA.
  • If you would like to obtain CEUs for another state, please email us.

Learners must watch the video and complete course requirements, including scoring 70% or higher in the post-test to receive a certificate. Five (5) post-test retakes are allowed; if you exceed this limit, please email us.


  • You will have access to this course for at least 60 days.
  • There is no cancellation once course is purchased. Please email us if you have any questions.
  • Apply EBP, LLC abide by all provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Apply EBP, LLC is committed to equal educational access for individuals with disabilities. Apply EBP, LLC does not discriminate against any individuals with disabilities from registering or attending any of our courses. We work closely with venues to ensure that facilities utilized are accessible. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact us via email or phone (646-269-9039) with requests for accommodations. Apply EBP, LLC will make every effort to provide reasonable accommodations.