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Hands-on Activities for Children with Autism & Sensory Disorders

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Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L
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Apr 15, 2016
PESI Publishing
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Innovative, practical and fun activities for children with autism and sensory disorders.

Following a step-by-step recipe format, Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L provides nearly 200 activities and interventions to help children with their sensory needs. This highly detailed, illustrated and accessible guide is a rich resource for any therapist, teacher or parent.

  • Crafts, recipes, music and exercises for the clinic, classroom or home
  • A multi-sensory enrichment program for children with autism
  • Gradual exposure activities for children who can’t tolerate sensory input
  • Sensory immersion activities to desensitize the child to touch, taste and sound
  • Reduce stress and anxiety with physical exercises and reframing strategies




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Teresa Garland, MOT, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist and author specializing in self-regulation and sensory and modulation issues. She has worked in schools, sensory clinics, and medical settings with children, adolescents, and adults with Sensory Processing Disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and ADHD. Ms. Garland works closely with other mental health and allied rehab professionals, teachers, and doctors to understand and treat underlying sensory, timing, and coordination/motor planning issues as well as overlying socio/emotional behaviors and the symptoms of autism. She is trained/certified in the SIPT, Interactive Metronome®, Integrated Listening Systems (iLs), Therapeutic Listening, Wilbarger’s Sensory Defensiveness, the Natural Heart Approach, Mindfulness Training, and Food Chaining. 

Ms. Garland is the author of the award-winning book Self-Regulation Interventions and Strategies: Keeping the Body, Mind and Emotions on Task in Children with Autism, ADHD or Sensory Disorders (PESI, 2014). Her workbook, Hands-on Activities for Children with Autism & Sensory Disorders was published in April of 2016 (PESI).

As an author and international presenter, Ms. Garland has trained over 10,000 therapists and teachers in the art of using self-regulation interventions with the children they work with in clinics and classrooms. She also trains on working with children and adults with ADHD and children with autism. Ms. Garland has a master's in occupational therapy from the University of New Mexico. She writes a blog at


Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Teresa Garland is a presenter with Michigan Job Rehabilitation. She receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Non-financial: Teresa Garland has no relevant non-financial relationships.


"Teresa Garland has captured the essece of using the occupation of play to enrich the lives of the children we all adore. Having several years of experience working with children diagnosed with Autism, and sensory disorders, I have a solid appreciation for effective practice. Teresa manages to expound upon evidence-based strategies packaged for parents, teachers, and therapists alike. Her book encompasses techniques draped in the strongest aspects of sensory gross motor, and emotional approaches. It is a beautiful arrangement that allows the reader to apply aspects of occupational therapy, and related fields, to simplstic and enjoyable activities. Teresa continues to contribute to our field by translating and demystifying therapeutic strategies to everyday life!"

-Dr. Varleisha D. Gibbs OTR/L, Author, Expert Speaker

"Teresa Garland has done it again! Another excellent activity book that provides detailed treatment protocols with amazing visuals and hands-on activities for therapists to use with children with sensory impairments."

-Cara Marker Daily, PhD, Pediatric Psychologist

"Anyone involved in the life of a child who have autism or a sensory modulation disorder will treasure this resource. Ms. Garland has done the heavy lifting to produce a detailed, accessible guide with fresh and practical sensory activities. Especially helpful are her recommendations for grading activities from very simple to more complex. These activities will not only revitalize interventions for therapists but also equip motivated do-it-yourself parents to engage in sensory learning with their children."

-Sheryl Ryan, PhD, OTR/L

"I learned so much!"
Candace E Edwards, MS, OTR


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