Understanding Sensory Processing in Young Children

Cary M. Hamilton is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor- Supervisor, Child Mental Health Specialist, Registered Play Therapy Supervisor, wife, and mother of two. She is Director of Play Therapy at Antioch University Seattle and Owner of a Group Practice Clinic, Olympia Therapy. She is an author and presenter on the topic of neurodiversity and sensory sensitivities in child therapy for the last 20 years. She has both the clinical and practical knowledge of the power of play therapy and neurodiversity by working with and parenting children with neurodiversity. She has parenting education platform online called Playful Wisdom to support parents around the world.

This presentation covers the fundamentals of sensory development including ways to support children and caregivers with sensory challenges. Content will cover information related to such areas as emotional and behavioral health, sleep, eating, and overall wellbeing in a sensory context.

Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  1. Gain an understanding of how sensory development impacts a child’s physical, social and emotional health.
  2. Learn how to identify and support children with sensory needs including information on different sensory-related disorders
  3. Be able to provide strategies and educational information to adults and caregivers of young children related to sensory needs and neurodiversity
  4. Be able to identify 3 ways sensory system development impacts the daily life of a family.