Sensory Integration: What it is and How Does it Impact Behavior, Emotional Regulation and Development in Gifted Learners

Speaker: Dr. Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC

Tuesday, September 5, 2023 • 6:00 p.m. PT

An In-Person Talk, Q&A and Opportunity to meet other parents at our Learning Center in Pasadena
(Please RSVP as space is limited)
540 S. Marengo Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101


Livestreamed on Zoom

Webinar ID: 819 4024 5481


Sensory processing is foundational to how we learn about our bodies, engage with the environment, interact with others, make meaning out of activities, produce motor responses, and participate in learning. It also has direct links with our regulation and influences our behavior. Yet, deciphering sensory processing-- and the 8 sensory systems that includes-- can be quite challenging. What does sensory processing actually involve? Why is it so vital for emotional regulation, development, and learning? How can you better understand and influence the sensory processing needs of students who are gifted? In our time together we will explore these questions and many more so you will be better equipped to recognize students who need more support, provide accommodations, and utilize another lens by which to view behavior.

About the Speaker
A native of Illinois, Jamie attended undergraduate at Bradley University with degrees in Health Science and Psychology. She earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. Much of her twelve year career as an occupational therapist has been rooted in sensory integration theory and practice. Learning is truly one of her passions, and she understands that collaborating with an integrated team is the key to holistic care — she offers one of many important pieces to the puzzle. In 2020 and 2021 she co-authored The Why Behind Classroom Behaviors and Creating Sensory Smart Classrooms, respectively, in order to support and equip educators who have students with various learning needs. As a stay-at-home mom of three kids five and under, you can often find her at the LA Zoo, KidSpace, or any playground around Pasadena, CA. Running is what she does to regulate and reflect — it's in her bones.