The Mindful Sensations
Incorporating Social Emotional Learning into Occupational Therapy using Sensory Awareness and Mindfulness
Self-Paced Online Course and Much Much More!
Calling occupational therapists who often feel overworked and overstressed but care deeply about children. You know that your clients' social emotional health is vital but you may feel stuck working on discrete skills that do not foster social emotional growth. The Mindful Sensation Therapeutic Approach is a self-paced online course with monthly live coaching calls to teach skills to manage your stress while teaching the life changing skills of mindfulness to children. You will learn to incorporate mindfulness into your work in an easy, fun and accessible way using many of the tools that you already possess. In this course, you will not only learn how to seamlessly incorporate mindfulness into your pediatric practice, but in the process, you will also learn simple ways to take better care of yourself.
This course is for you if you are stressed and overwhelmed and know that mindfulness could help to make you feel less scattered and more centered.
This course is for you if you want to teach children proven methods for self-regulation and improved executive functioning.
This course is for you is want to incorporate mindfulness into your busy schedule but aren't sure how to use these tools, within your sensory based practice, and still meet your other goals.
Mindfulness research has been exploding in the literature. You may be aware of the many benefits these practices have on attention, mood, cognition and self regulation but may lack the full understanding, confidence and skill set to use them with your clients. The Mindful sensation curriculum was created to enable therapists to explore and apply mindfulness using sensory based tools in order to bolster their pediatric practice. The lessons in this course are organized so therapists joyfully work alongside their clients. Learning how to ground yourself in the body and becoming more resilient to life’s stressors will open your heart and guide you to becoming a more centered and effective therapist.
In this introductory training you will:
Learn joyful ways to explore sensory processing to help you and your clients to feel more connected to your bodies and your emotions
Understand the basic tenants of mindfulness and the impact that mindfulness has on the nervous system
Recognize how sensory processing is impacted by mindfulness practices
Be able to adapt the sensory based lessons to all ages and levels of ability.
Get a better understanding of the evidence regarding mindfulness with neurodiverse populations.
Learn resiliency tools for yourself while reaching the clients on your caseload
Explore how to weave safety into your lessons so you can be a trauma informed therapist
Learn how to bolster your students’ social emotional connections through sensory and mindfulness play
6 pre-recorded modules with self-paced lessons that connect social emotional learning with sensory processing
Practice videos within each module to solidify understanding
21 lessons that can be used immediately for individual clients as well as groups
5 Short meditations just for the therapist to develop their own mindfulness practice
Earn .85 AOTA CEUs (8.5 contact hours of continuing education), by passing all the course quizzes (75% or better), completing all of the lessons, and submitting a review of the course)
NEW LIVE MONTHLY ZOOM CALLS for anyone who signs up for the Mindful Sensations course
Lots of added value but course fee is still only $297.00
Module 1- (1.5 hours)
Introduction to Mindful Sensations
Lesson 1- Exercise
Lesson 2- Sensory Detective
Lesson 3- Introduction to the Breath
Module 2- (1.6 hours)
Our Internal World- Proprioception, Vestibular and Interoceptive Senses
Filling the Body Awareness Cup
Lesson 4- Proprioception
Lesson 5- Vestibular
Lesson 6- Breath Practices for Regulation
Module 3- (1.75 hours)
Touch, Smell and Taste- Primary Senses of Connection
Lesson 7- Introduction to the Tactile Sense
Lesson 8- Tactile- Temperature and Texture
Lesson 9- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT/ Tapping) and Self-Havening
Lesson 10- Smell
Lesson 11- Taste
Lesson 12- Mindful Eating
Module 4- Vision and Hearing - Senses of Exploration- (1.6 hours)
Lesson 13- Vision
Lesson 14- Auditory Sense One
Lesson 15- Auditory Sense Two
Lesson 16 - Mindful Communication
Module 5- Emotions- Connection to Sensation (1.5 hours)
Lesson 17- Emotions
Lesson 18- Dealing with Big Emotions
Lesson 19- Being Kind
Lesson 20- Gratitude
Module 6- Tying it all Together- Self Regulation (.6 hours)
Lesson 21- Yoga
NEW FOR 2023- Bonus Content!!!
Video lesson- Mindful Connections in Autism
Video lesson- Accommodating Diverse Learners
Extra Educational PDFs:
Cheat Sheets for short mindfulness practices to incorporate anytime
3 Pages of Visuals to use for diverse learners
Specific Learning Objectives
To identify the three frameworks that are highlighted in the Mindful Sensations Therapeutic Approach
Will be able to define mindfulness including stating the part of the brain most closely associated with mindfulness practices
Demonstrate understanding of the three states of the autonomic nervous system in Polyvagal Theory
Explain the correlation between disability and heart rate variability and simple ways to positively impact the autonomic nervous system
Identify issues around exercise and disability
Describe benefits of pediatric massage and tactile protocols for neurodiverse children
Identify the correlation between sensory defensiveness/ sensory dysfunction and anxiety
Outline how smell is associated with memory
Recognize the impact of meditation on the visual and auditory sense
Outline the three aspects of mindful communication
Describe the basic functions of emotions
Name the 4 parts of the RAIN technique as a tool for emotional regulation
Define self-regulation and the domains of stress
Describe how the guiding occupational therapy principle of “therapeutic use of self” is utilized in the Mindful Sensations Therapeutic Approach
What People are saying about the Mindful Sensations
JANE, EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANT
"I just finished the Mindful Sensations course and loved it! You speak my language - I loved your activity ideas and can't wait to try them with students and teachers. We really need to emphasize the need for us, as professionals, to learn to regulate our own nervous systems and to do self-care so we can then be better equipped to help our kids learn and use these skills. This course provided so many great activities and ideas for teaching social/emotional skills as well as mindfulness and sensory awareness. Your step-by-step videos for each activity really brought them to life and made it so much easier to learn and incorporate into my own work. Your approach makes learning these skills fun! "
CHELSEA, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
"The course was great! I learned so much and feel better myself after completing all the exercises. I’m really looking forward to doing the exercises with my own children and with my clients in the future. Thank you so much! "
LYNN, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST
"Mindful Sensations provides an excellent base for therapists or teachers who wish to incorporate multi-sensory learning/awareness and mindfulness practice into their work. In a time where social-emotional learning (SEL) is a focus in our school district, Mindful Sensations provided concrete lesson ideas, and helped me to explain to staff about the unique way that OT contributes to SEL: Specifically, how purposeful movement, interoceptive awareness, and sensory exploration are central to emotional regulation"
Financical Disclosure: Deirdre Azzopardi is the creator of the course. She receives compensation for delivering the course
Deirdre Azzopardi OTD is an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience working with children with disabilities in both private and public school settings. She has both a bachelor’s degree and doctoral degree in occupational therapy and a master’s degree in psychology. She has extensive training in sensory integration including certification in administering the SIPT (Sensory integration and Praxis Test), DIRFloortime® (advanced level), Autplay, Self Reg and the SOS Feeding Approach. Dr. Azzopardi is also a registered yoga teacher for both adults and children (RYT 200 and RCYT 95) as well as a trained mindfulness instructor. Dr. Azzopardi has presented extensively on topics related to social emotional learning.