Initiative for Individuals

with Intellectual and

Developmental Disabilities



"Perspectives on challenging child behaviors:  Understanding the role of sensory processing"

Tracy Jirikowic, Ph.D..

Date:  February 7, 2012

Location:  Seattle Pacific University, Otto Miller Hall 109

Time:  7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Abstract:  Sensory processing differences occur at a high rate among children with different types of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Understanding how children over react or under react to the everyday sensations of touch, sound, sight and movement can provide unique insight into some challenging behaviors. This talk will provide information about how sensory processing influences development and behavior in children with different types of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Current clinical practices that are used to identify and treat sensory processing disorders will be presented, along with the research that is shaping our understanding of these problems and how they impact children in their daily life activities.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Jirikowic is assistant professor in the Division of Occupational Therapy at the University of Washington. She received her occupational therapy degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in Special Education/Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington. Dr. Jirikowic’s current research investigates the effects of prenatal alcohol exposure on sensory processing, stress reactivity, and sensory-motor control of balance.




























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