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Neurochemistry: Impact on Emotions and Sensory Processing

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Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L


Neurochemistry: Impact on Emotions and Sensory Processing

Serotonin, dopamine, endorphins, and other neurotransmitters are making the news more frequently but what can this knowledge tell us about the kids we work with who have anxiety, ADHD, ASD, behavior or mood disorders, or learning disabilities?

Join Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, to discover the correlation between neurochemistry, sensory processing, and emotions. This knowledge enables you to select strategies to immediately impact behavior and empower you to effectively communicate the role of movement breaks and sensory strategies in scientific terms to enhance follow-through by teachers, parents, and caregivers.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify the primary roles of at least 5 important neurotransmitters.
  2. Select strategies based on the desired neurochemical changes needed as indicated by behaviors and emotional affect.
  3. Recognize the role of trauma and chronic stress on brain neurochemistry and the resulting impact on emotions and behaviors.
  4. List common neurochemical differences associated with diagnoses such as ADHD, anxiety, and ASD.
  5. Identify strategies YOU can use to instantly improve your mood based on the science of neurochemistry to increase your job satisfaction and increase your effectiveness as a therapist

Course Information

  • Target Audience: intermediate-level OTs, PTs, SLPs and other professionals working with children and teens with special needs
  • Course Instructor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-610521.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved Provider #8215. This course is approved for 0.2 AOTA CEU or two contact hours under this Classification Code: Category 2, OT Process: Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorders. Gwen is the creator of BrainWorks sensory diet tools. Although selling the business in October 2020, she remains with Sensational Brain as the AOTA CE Administrator. She currently works as an Intensive Support Specialist for a large educational service agency. Gwen presents to audiences nationwide on topics related to sensory modulation and self-regulation. She lives in Galesburg, Michigan, with her husband and will soon have an empty nest as her three daughters venture out on their own. Learn more about Gwen’s mission and why she created BrainWorks on our About page. To view Gwen’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Gwen Wild receives compensation for her responsibilities as CE administrator for AOTA as well as speaking fees from Sensational Brain LLC. Gwen is co-author of Just Right! A Sensory Modulation Curriculum for K-5®.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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