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“Sensory” Interventions for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder:

Description:Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA)

http://circa.educ.ubc.ca

Pat Mirenda, PhD, BCBA-D

Professor, Faculty of Education, and Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA), University of British Columbia

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 http://tinyurl.com/PMirenda-Apr16

Interventions such as sensory integration therapy, sensory rooms, weighted vests, deep pressure brushing, and auditory integration training all aim to address challenges related to sensory hypo- or hyper-sensitivity in people with autism. This presentation will provide an overview of the current research related to such interventions and the implications for practice.

For further information contact:

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www.circa.educ.ubc.ca

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Office of Graduate Programs and Research (Education)

Categories:Audience - All Students, Audience - Graduate Students, Subject - Entertainment - Arts, Subject - Learning And Research - Arts, Humanities And Social Sciences, Subject - Learning And Research - Health, Type - Lecture, Type - Seminar


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  • Alex

    I gained a good insight into what research is being done up to date, however, it was disappointing to learn that no progress is being made in the areas they are looking into.
    The treatments and their applications although experimental, where developed by non ASD academics. This in my opinion is just a guessing game as these professionals do not have the symptoms themselves, and therefore are not able to be free thinkers and need adults with ASD to give them advise..

    April 16, 2014

    • Sea G.

      At least on some fronts, progress was made. Studies showed that when over-sensitivities were framed as anxieties instead of as pain, and treated as such, the treatment was be very effective.

      1 · April 16, 2014

    • Alex

      The experience I have with pain is directly caused by the fears that being a Aspie create. My tolerance is so great for pain I have often done the same painful things over and over. I have found the use of breathing meditations the most helpful.

      1 · April 20, 2014

  • rainbow

    I found the lecture quite fascinating. I hadn't heard of all the treatments mentioned, so I was very interested to hear about them. I've heard that there is a Snouzelen room at the Nanaimo Association for Community Living that is open to anyone willing to pay ten dollars to use it, so the next time I go to Nanaimo I intend to check it out -- not because I think it will make any significant difference to my autism, but because I think it sounds like fun.

    I was disappointed that there were no successful treatments to be found. In my case sensitivity to sound is not fear but really is pain-based, so I don't think desensitization will work because there are just too many loud noises in the world to become desensitized to. I can't see me repeatedly listening to loud rock music over and over in the hopes of becoming less sensitive to it.

    2 · April 16, 2014

  • Kozmo K.

    Lost my Bus Pass, stuck being a pedestrian intil June

    April 15, 2014

    • Matthew H.

      Could you pass for a university student? Let's say if i lost my Upass....

      April 15, 2014

    • Kozmo K.

      Matt, have you seen what I look like?

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • Peter

    I'd like to thank everyone, including Rainbow from Victoria, who attended the latest CIRCA talk at UBC on this cool and wet day. Pat Mirenda did an excellent presentation by explaining some of the major interventions that have been tried to help children with sensory disorders. The lack of conclusive data brings into question some of the expensive and often time consuming treatments used by therapists, parents and educators. However, there are effective methods available to reduce the anxieties associated with specific stimuli.

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Sea G.

    Parent report on treatment effectiveness - not that most reliable measure, since parents whose children are getting treatment will rate it as effective even when objective measures indicate otherwise...

    April 16, 2014

  • Sea G.

    "Parents and professionals can protect people with autism from the harms of bogus and ineffective treatments by exercising healthy skepticism, and asking several questions of everyone who claims to have an effective intervention for autism: What is the intervention, precisely? Exactly what is it supposed to do? Have its effects been tested in controlled experiments using direct, objective measures? If so, were those studies published in peer- reviewed scientific journals? What did studies show about positive effects and negative side effects? Did the effects carry over beyond the immediate treatment setting? Is there another scientifically validated treatment that is similarly effective but has fewer negative side effects? "

    http://www.asatonline.org/treatment/articles/sciencepseudoscience.htm

    1 · April 16, 2014

  • Samuel

    I'm going to be late getting there as I have an appointment with job developer in Port Coquitlam. I'll do my best.

    April 14, 2014

    • Peter

      Good luck with your job developer

      April 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry we cannot make it like coming to your clubhouse at 11:30, so we will go by ourselves. See you all there then:-)

    April 13, 2014

    • Peter

      Thanks for letting me know. See you at UBC.

      April 13, 2014

  • Alex

    Thanks Peter for taking your car and driving, I do not have a problem paying $5.00. You are making a great contribution to us by doing this I missed the last one because the driving was too much for me.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Peter

    Alex, Bruce, Kaka and Gordon will meet me outside my apartment building at 1856 East Georgia (The Clubhouse). I'll be parked in front of the building waiting for you at 11:45 AM. We will be leaving at 12 PM so that we have enough time to get to UBC. I ask that each of you pay me $5 to help pay for parking and gas. Let me know if these arrangements are acceptable.

    1 · April 13, 2014

  • Matthew H.

    I'd really love to get some more info on hypersensitivity (clothes please!) and discomfort when the moisture levels of my eyes nose & mouth are out of a specific interval, but this would conflict with work. If someone who attends could please summarize what is said, that would be great.

    April 12, 2014

  • Alex

    we are meeting at the Clubhouse at 12:00 for the carpool so far Alex Bruce Peter and Kaka and a friend that would be a full car if everyone shows up

    April 13, 2014

  • Alex

    We are planning to car pool if anyone is interested, getting out to UBC can be a little tricky

    1 · March 31, 2014

    • Alex

      carpool from the Clubhouse 1856 East Georgia, Peter is driving he will give us the time he wants to leave, so not sure just yet

      April 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      We would like to join the car pool as well, can we?if yes, what time is it at East Georgia then?

      April 13, 2014

  • Tara Kimberley T.

    Sorry, but there is a funeral that I need to attend to. One of the Dress For Success Founders died on Saturday April 5, 2014 and there is a celebration of life that I need to attend to pay my respects to. I haven't been to a funeral for a long time, so I am itching to attend one again.

    April 10, 2014

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