The STEPPSI - Live in NYC

March 9th and 10th, 2024

We are excited to offer a live, 2 day version of the course in partnership with the Rebecca School and KidsThriveNYC.


IN-PERSON LEARNING: This course consists of live lectures, integration of learning activities, and a case study assignment to support application in everyday practice. 

EDUCATIONAL LEVEL: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this course. Participants would benefit, however, from having foundational knowledge of sensory integration (Ayres SI (ASIⓇ) in particular) theory and treatment.

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Occupational therapists, Occupational therapy assistants

INSTRUCTIONAL METHODS: live lectures, course slides, and a case study 

CONTINUING EDUCATION INFORMATION: Developmental FX is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID #0000006421 . This distance learning course will be offered at 1.6 AOTA CEUs, beginner educational level, in the OT service delivery category. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS:  In order to earn continuing education credit for this course, it must be completed in entirety. This includes: attending all of the course lectures, participation in learning activities, completion of the case study assignment, and a passing score (60% or higher) on the post-evaluation. At this time, the learner must complete a PD activity in entirety in order to receive credit and associated CEUs. No partial credit will be awarded.

ADA/ Section 504: If you require accommodations or have a request related to accessibility, please email [email protected] for assistance.

DFX Learning Journeys is an AOTA Approved Provider. Course Approval ID#0000006421 for this course.


(and available discounts)

Cost: $500


  • If you have taken The STEPPSI course before, you are eligible for a 50% discount! Check your inbox for additional details and the discount code to use at checkout.
  • If you have taken The SpIRIT with us before, you are eligible for a 25% discount. Check your inbox for the code!
  • Group Discounts- if you have a group of 3 or more that would like to join us live in NYC, you are eligible for a 20% discount. So grab your friends, and email [email protected] with the names/emails of your group participants and we'll send you the discount code!

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define clinical reasoning and summarize why it is important in everyday practice

  • Recognize the core underpinnings encompassed within the SpIRiT process

  • Identify the 5 neurodevelopmental domains addressed within the SpIRiT

  • Analyze which of the S-A- M elements apply to the case studies presented

  • Demonstrate the ability to generate a comprehensive, individualized treatment plan based upon the SpIRiT process

Course Description

This course presents a clinical reasoning model for treating children who have unusual and challenging behaviors involving a lack of modulation of sensation. The understanding of treatment for individuals with sensory modulation difficulties (SM) are becoming better identified in the greater body of sensory integration theory. This course will provide an overview of the theoretical foundations of SM from occupational therapy literature and related neuroscience research. A model for planning, implementation, and monitoring treatment will be presented: Sensation, Task, Environment, Predictability, Playfulness, Self-Monitoring, and Interactions or the S.T.E.P.P.S. I.

The STEPPSIⓒ is a principle-based model that breaks down treatment into easily understandable components. The STEPPSIⓒ is an evidence-based model originally devised in the late 1990-s and now updated for a new generation of therapists and for educators and parents.. Participants should have foundation knowledge in sensory integration (Ayres SI (ASIⓇ) in particular) theory and treatment.

STEPPSI Course Overview NYC March 2024.pdf

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome to The STEPPSI Course- Important Details

  • 2

    STEPPSI Resource Library

    • Copyright Guidelines

    • Course Overview

    • STEPPSI Course Slides

    • STEPPSI Handout Packet- Larger Slides

    • Case Processing Worksheet

    • STEPPSI Selected References (For your reference, not necessary to print in advance)

  • 3

    Before we see you in person...

    • Before You Begin: Case Study Prep

  • 4

    After the live session:

    • Case Study Application Assignment

    • STEPPSI Course Evaluation Survey

    • Thank you!


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