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Sensory Integration and Autism: The Body-Centered Senses

Tuesday, May 25, 2021 11:30am to 12:40pm

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Training Overview:

Register today for the live virtual training “Sensory Integration and Autism: The Body-Centered Senses” which will be presented by Alexandra Himes, MS, OTR/L.

In this webinar, attendees will experience a deeper dive into the tactile, proprioceptive, and vestibular sensory systems for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Attendees will learn the roles of these three sensory systems and general types of problems that may arise when dysfunction is identified. Attendees will leave the webinar with a better understanding of how to assess for deficits within these three sensory systems, as well as practical strategies to help children with sensory challenges find success and live meaningful lives.


Educators, school administrators, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, social workers, psychologists, pediatricians, and other allied healthcare professionals. Parents, family members, and community members are also welcome to register.


By the end of this training, attendees will:

  • Define the body-centered senses.
  • List common dysfunctions related to each body-centered sense.
  • Understand best assessment/evaluation practices for the body-centered senses.
  • Learn evidence-based interventions and strategies to develop functional outcomes in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder who have challenges with body-centered senses.

About the Speaker:

Alexandra M. Himes, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with seven years of pediatric experience working with children who have developmental, neurological, learning, and intellectual disabilities. Alex received both her Bachelor of Health Science and Master of Occupational Therapy at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. Her experience is predominantly in outpatient clinics, working at private practices in both Maryland and Georgia for five years before coming to the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. Alex is a Certified ChildLight Yoga Instructor, a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner, and is currently finishing her intensive Sensory Integration Certification through the University of Southern California. She also has additional trainings in interoception and executive functioning. Alex currently serves as a senior occupational therapist at CARD, where she provides both client intervention and clinical supervision. She provides individual occupational therapy services, group-based services, and conducts both individual evaluations and diagnostic evaluations as part of a psychology multi-disciplinary team.


Contact Hanah Tanenholtz at or call (443) 923-7596.

Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) does not take responsibility for information shared in this public event. Please keep all questions general and do not disclose personal health information (PHI).