Chameleon Courses ‘Knowledge Bites’ Series – 2020

Embedding Sensory Modulation in Occupational Therapy Practice


31st October 2020 
(Saturday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm)

Covid-19 Update: We are on-track to run the course and will keep participants updated, in line with Government decisions and ensuring H&S requirements are met.



Registration Fees

Early Bird Full Fee – Extended to 28th October NEW
$375.00 incl GST 

The Full Fee is required at the point of your online registration to secure your place on the course either via Credit Card or Direct Deposit.  

After 28th October 2020: Registrations closed


St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont Street
Ponsonby, Auckland 1011
Aotearoa / New Zealand

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Danielle Atkins

Course Presenter

Andrea Dempsey
Andrea graduated from AUT in 2004 and currently works as an Occupational Therapist and Coordinator of Adult Mental Health Services at Waitemata District Health Board. Andrea’s 2016 Masters research focused on investigating brief sensory intervention for people experiencing anxiety. Andrea is a recognised leader and expert in sensory modulation within the occupational therapy profession and wider mental health sector. She has lectured and led the implementation of sensory modulation both locally and nationally, with a focus on building strong and resilient communities, and expanding the capability of services to support people in distress.  

Course Description

This one-day course is specifically designed for occupational therapists applying the sensory modulation approach in their practice settings with their clients.  Using an occupational lens for clinical reasoning and drawing from the research, the focus of the day will be on ensuring an occupation-focused, evidence-informed approach is taken in order to enhance and embed sensory modulation as an occupational therapy domain of concern.  For instance, this includes developing a sound understanding of assessment tools and intervention strategies and applying of the Person-Environment-Occupation model and the Canadian Practice Process Framework to clinical reasoning.  Case studies will be also be used during the course to support learning and practice integration. 

Learning Objectives

As an occupational therapist you will be able to:

  • Update your sensory modulation knowledge and skills
  • Understand the influences of the nervous system and the process of sensory modulation on clients’ occupational participation
  • Know how to select and choose occupation-focused assessment and intervention tools
  • Draw from your own expertise to apply the learning to your own practice setting
  • Better embed sensory modulation in your practice

This course is  only open to Occupational Therapists / Nga Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau

Please note: Yummy treats are provided during breaks … lunch is not included.



Read a little … visit:

Champagne, T. (2011). Sensory modulation & environment: Essential elements of occupation. Handbook & reference. Sydney NSW: Pearson.

Moore, K. M. (2008). The sensory connection. Self-regulation workbook. Franconia, NH: The Sensory Connection Program.

Watch a little … visit: (Pssst! highlight and right click if link does not work)


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