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Utilizing Expressive Arts, Nature, and Animals in Therapeutic Practice with ASD, ADHD, and Learning Differences

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Lori Benson Adams, MEd


Utilizing Expressive Arts, Nature, and Animals in Therapeutic Practice with Children with ASD, ADHD, and Learning Differences

Therapeutic sessions should never take place solely in a classroom or treatment room. Increasingly, research validates and promotes the use of less traditional approaches to optimize outcomes for children and teens such as using expressive arts, nature, and animals. This unique, 2-hour webinar reviews ways that pediatric therapists can expand not only their therapeutic tools and perspectives, but also the worlds of children with ASD, ADHD, and learning challenges. Resources and strategies provide ways to bring these creative, out-of-the-box tools into daily work, no matter the therapeutic setting.

Learning Outcomes

  1. List the benefits of incorporating animals into your therapy sessions with children and teens.
  2. Identify three types of nature-based therapies applicable to occupational therapy.
  3. State the positive neurological and physiological effects of using expressive arts as a therapeutic tool.
  4. Identify research on the use of music and art for children with ASD, ADHD, and learning differences.
  5. Describe resources for using art, music, nature, and animals in pediatric occupational therapy.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs, COTAs, and other pediatric professionals
  • Course Instructor:  Lori Benson Adams, MEd
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-989564

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program

Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development (#8215). Course approval ID# 06486. This distance learning, independent format is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Introductory level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition.

Sensational Brain speaker Lori Benson Adams, MEd, head shot

Lori Benson Adams, MEd, is an educational intervention specialist and owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions in Atlanta, Georgia. She has over 35 years of experience with students who experience sensory, learning, behavioral, and executive function challenges. Lori presents nationally to audiences of parents, therapists, and educators. She is known for her immediately practical information and wealth of knowledge and resources. Additional information can be found at To view Lori’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Lori Benson Adams receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC and is the owner of Breakthrough Learning Solutions and Learning Lotus.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.

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