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Online: Sensory Modulation
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Presenters: Anita C. Bundy, ScD, OTR, FAOTA; Shelly J. Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA; Elizabeth A. Murray, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA


$38.00 Member | $62.00 Nonmember (fee subject to change)
CEU: 0.3 CEUs (3 contact hours/CCUs) will be awarded upon successful completion of a multiple choice test. You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.
Course Level: Intermediate
Publication Date: February 2009


Overview | Objectives | Presenters Bios | CEU Information | System Requirements

This course presents definitions that will assist the physical therapist avoid confusion when describing sensory modulation dysfunction (SMD) – a pattern of dysfunction of sensory integration in which the person under- or over-responds to sensory input. It also discusses the concept of SMD along with the hypothesized links to the limbic system. In addition, this course covers in detail the specific types of modulation dysfunction within the tactile and vestibular-proprioceptive systems. Furthermore, this course addresses the process of planning and implementing intervention for the client with SMD.

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After completing this module, you should be able to:

  1. Define sensory processing, sensory registration, sensory responsiveness, and sensory integration.

  2. Explain the concept of sensory modulation dysfunction (SMD).

  3. Discuss specific types of modulation dysfunction within the tactile and vestibular-proprioceptive systems.

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Presenter(s) Bios

Anita C. Bundy, ScD, OTR, FAOTA
Bundy is an occupational therapist and an expert in the study of occupation (what one does in daily life) and its impact on health and wellbeing. After finishing her doctoral studies at Boston University, Bundy's postdoctoral work focused on the parallels between storytelling and play between adults and children in the Navajo nation located in the southwestern United States. She taught for many years at Boston University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and Colorado State University before assuming a professorship at the latter in 1998. Since coming to Australia in 2002, Bundy has held roles as Chair and Professor of Occupation and Leisure Science at the University of Sydney. She was Head of School of the School of Occupation and Leisure Science at the University from 2005 through 2006. As a researcher and supervisor of postgraduate research, Bundy has led projects relating to a diverse range of therapeutic contexts, including mental health, children's play, quality of life, leisure and recreation, driving assessment, and sensory integration. In addition to her experience and expertise as a clinician and researcher, she brings to her work an understanding of specialist statistical techniques for the development of clinical and research assessment tools. Bundy is a regular reviewer for a number of journals and has received professional awards in Australia and the United States, including 2003 Sadie Philcox Memorial Lecture, University of Queensland; 2001 Marjorie Ball Award, Colorado Occupational Therapy Association; 1998 Wilma West Lectureship; 1993 American Occupational Therapy Foundation A. Jean Ayres Award; 1988 Fellow, American Occupational Therapy Association.

Shelly J. Lane, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Lane is Chair of the Occupational Therapy Department, and Assistant Dean for Research for the School of Allied Health Professions at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). She holds a BS in Allied Health, Occupational Therapy from The Ohio State University, and a PhD in Anatomy/Neuroscience from the University of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio. She has focused her clinical, teaching, and research interests into three areas: (1) infants and at risk for developmental delay and learning disabilities; (2) neuroscience applications to occupational therapy; and (3) the neurophysiology of sensory processing disorders. Currently, Lane's research focus revolves around the Sensory Processing and Stress Evaluation (SPASE) Lab, housed within the department. Lane is involved with projects investigating sensory processing, electrodermal response to sensory challenge, and cortisol in children with significant mood swings. In addition, she is continuing a project with a colleague focusing on cortisol at baseline and in response to sensory challenge in children with attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Previous research areas have included development and sensory processing in infants born prematurely, and in infants prenatally exposed to substances of abuse. In addition, Lane directed and later contributed to the "Let's Play!" projects. These projects used a family-directed intervention approach, focusing on play and assistive technology, to promote play and playfulness in infants with disabilities. Lane has mentored students in research at the master's and doctoral level at VCU and other institutes of higher education. She has served as Dissertation Committee Chair for three students and participated on dissertations for an additional two students. At the master's level, Lane has guided over 25 master's theses and participated on numerous others. Lane has also served as a teacher/research mentor for young faculty as they have pursued academic careers. In addition to her work at VCU, Lane served as guest editor of the April 2007 issue of The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, focused on sensory integration. She has served as Editor-in-Chief for a series of pediatric books published by F.A. Davis, is second editor and author/contributor to the 2nd edition of Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice, published May 2002, and is working on a new book entitled Kids Will Be Kids.

Elizabeth Murray, MEd, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Murray is a Senior Research Scientist/Instructional Designer at the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), Wakefield, Mass. Formerly, she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University, and Assistant Director of Occupational Therapy for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center University Affiliated Program in Waltham, Mass. She earned her ScD in therapeutic studies from Boston University, Boston, Mass., and her MEd in special education from the University of Delaware in Newark. She has a certificate in Occupational Therapy from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Murray is Co-Principal Investigator for "Science Writer: A Universally Designed Thinking Writer" and Development Director for "Online Writing for All," both funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs. In addition, she coordinates projects, funded by the Carnegie Foundation and the Oracle Educational Foundation, that focus on Universal Design for Learning.

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CEU Information

On successful completion of the examination, 0.3 CEUs (3 contact hours/CCUs) and a certificate of completion will be awarded. The American Physical Therapy Association has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102. Provider (#380). You must complete the online posttest with at least 70% accuracy in order to claim CEU credit.

Many state agencies recognize APTA as a recognized or approved provider for continuing education. The following state agencies have granted prior approval for this continuing education offering:

  • California Physical Therapy Association: CPTA2014-2015
  • Nevada Board of Physical Therapy Examiners: 0.3 Units
  • Ohio State Board of Physical Therapy: 14S0362
  • Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision: 3 Category B Hours
  • Pennsylvania: Approved - 0.5 DA, 2.5 GEN
  • Texas Physical Therapy Association: 1609016TX

Please note: Licensees should verify with their state licensing board for acceptance of continuing education units by reviewing the relevant state practice act and/or administrative code.

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System Requirements
Online Course: This course consists of an online, interactive text-based presentation and a posttest. Resources, when available, are provided as downloadable PDFs within the course. Computer System Requirements.

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Keywords: Neurology

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