Deciphering Sensory Processing: A 4-Week Intensive Study Group for Professionals

This four-week course will address sensory processing as a whole, dissect each of the eight sensory systems, and discuss how sensory input impacts daily functioning and regulation--all of which will give you another lens with which to view the behaviors of clients. And it will provide you tools to recognize the need for an Occupational Therapy evaluation!

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Sensory information pervades our lives: how our clothes feel, what the air smells like, what the radio is playing, how we navigate a busy room, how we sit upright in a chair, what our food tastes like, how bright the sun appears… How do our brains make sense of this constant bombardment of information? What happens when our brains take in too much of this information? What happens when our brains take in too little of this information? How do sensory integration issues impact school and work performance? Discovering the answers to these questions will open up a world of understanding to your own sensory needs, as well as relate to the sensory needs of others around you.


Jamie Chaves, OTD, OTR/L, SWC (OTD 12477), earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Washington University in the St. Louis School of Medicine. During her studies, she developed a practice model for the integration of occupational therapy into orphanage-like settings. In 2015 she achieved certification from the CBOT in swallowing and feeding (SWC) with a focus on pediatrics, and is trained by Integrated Listening Systems (iLs) in their auditory-based multisensory program and in Dr. Stephen Porges' Safe&Sound Protocol (SSP). In 2018, she became Level 1 Certified as a handwriting specialist by Learning Without Tears.

Much of Jamie’s knowledge and experience is rooted in sensory integration theory and practice that fundamentally acknowledges that the brain can actually change through repeated stimulation (called neuroplasticity). With clients, she strives to help children be comfortable in their bodies and environment by effectively integrating incoming sensory input (visual, tactile, vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory, and oral). She believes in a play-based, relationship-based approach to therapy that is rooted in regulation. Click here to learn more about Jamie.


Our next group will begin on Saturday, October 5th, at 8:00 am (and end at 10:00 am). Subsequent sessions will take place on Saturdays (October 12, 19, and 26) from 8:00 am to 10:00 am. Each session will take place at The Center for Connection, 3030 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, California 91107.  Click here to download the flyer.


Each group session costs $120 ($480 total). For more information and to register, please contact Dr. Jaime Chaves (email:

ABOUT CFC GROUPS: The Center for Connection is based in Pasadena, California, and offers parenting classes and study groups for educators and professionals. We also provide various groups for kids to teach them tools to be successful in self-regulation and in the social world. Click here to learn more about our other groups.