Autism Spectrum Disorder: Sensory Processing Strategies and Supports

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Autism Spectrum Disorder: Sensory Processing Strategies and Supports – Thursday, November 12, 2020 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm presented by Susan Perkins, LPC, with Options & Advocacy for McHenry County. Free: 3 CEUs for LPC/LCPC, LSW/LCSW, Psychologists. REGISTER NOW!!!


Everyone processes information through their senses. This occurs without thought. It is automatic and we are generally not aware of what our bodies are experiencing unless we choose to focus on it. However, for some people certain senses are not processed smoothly. They can be over or under sensitive to stimuli that is constantly being taken in by their bodies. This can be particularly true for people who are autistic. When your brain is unable to adequately interpret what your senses are telling you, problems in behavior and communication as well as social difficulties can arise. This presentation will look at what Sensory Processing is, how it impacts individuals and how to support someone who has sensory processing difficulties.


  1. Participants will learn about three less commonly known senses beyond our well known 5 senses.
  2. Participants will understand the different ways sensory processing difficulties can impact individuals; what sensory processing difficulties can look like.
  3. Gain knowledge of how to support someone with sensory processing difficulties


Susan Perkins, LPC, has been with Options and Advocacy Autism Resource Center for five years. She is currently the Lead Family Educator. Susan has three children, two of which are on the autism spectrum. She has developed a passion around all things Autism – from teaching others about ASD as well as advocating for the rights of those who are autistic. In her free time, Susan likes to spend time with her family, be outside, read and sing.