How to Become a Sensory Chef

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How to Become a Sensory Chef
“Creating Sensory Diets that Work”

Just as the body needs food to survive and function, the brain requires sensation. Putting together the correct combination of sensations that will offer the brain a balanced diet of sensations requires the skills of a sensory chef. In this one day class, clinicians will learn specific protocols, based on the H.O.P.E Method (Harper’s Optimal Protocols for Enrichment) to create balanced sensory meals and sensory snacks with the goal of fostering and maintaining self-regulatory skills throughout the day. Included will be how to address difficult situation, increase compliance with the sensory diet and demonstrate positive outcomes. This program will provide participants with practical, easy to implement strategies for the home and school environment.


Learning Objectives:

TheraPeeds uses an interactive medium in all classes and the programs are structured to cover each of the learning outcomes in each segment of instruction. The conclusion of each segment involves a review of the content covered and questions to assess the acquisition of learning outcomes.

At the completion of this class you will be able to:

  1. Define what is a sensory diet and identify the components parts.

  2. Distinguish between accommodations and a sensory diet.

  3. Create a customized plan for a sensory diet based on child, parent and /or teacher needs.

  4. Create specific sensory meals based on the client’s arousal level.

  5. Create specific sensory snacks based on the client’s arousal level.

  6. Determine when and how to discharge a client from a sensory diet.


Continuing Education Credits:

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course, approved by the following sanctioning organizations:

This course has been approved for 6 Contact Hours / 0.6 CEUs by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). TheraPeeds, Inc, is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)(The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA). AOTA_CE_Logo
This course has been approved for 7.2 Contact Hours by the New York Sate Education Department's State Board of Physical Therapy (NYSEDSBPT). TheraPeeds, Inc, is an approved provider of continuing education by the New York Sate Education Department's State Board of Physical Therapy (NYSEDSBPT). nysedlogo



Julia Harper, PhD, MS, OTR/L

President of Therapeeds, Inc., Julia has practiced exclusively as a pediatric occupational therapist with a diversified client population and currently practices in NY and Florida. She has trained extensively, conducted research and holds advanced certifications in a variety of pediatric treatments. She is SIPT certified, lectures and trains therapist worldwide. Julia is nationally recognized for her work in SI treatment and her unique approach to providing integrative therapy.


General Cancellation Policy:

  • 75% tuition refund if cancellation received up to four weeks prior to the date of the seminar.

  • No tuition refund if cancellation made after the four week deadline.

  • Full tuition refund if seminar cancelled by Therapeeds or the sponsors.No refund for travel expenses.


Time Activity
8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Gathering the Ingredients to plan your diet

Participants will gain a working knowledge of the necessary components of a sensory diet and how it functions in the CNS

10:30 am

Morning Break

10:45 am

In the Sensory 'Kitchen'

Participants will learn how to create individualized sensory diets (meals and snacks) based on the child's specific processing disorder and arousal state

12:15 pm

Lunch Break

1:15 pm

Making The Sensory Diet 'Palatable'

Learn how to present and create appropriate sensory diets based on the family and/or classroom needs. Including adjusting sensory diets to difficult situations and demonstrating the efficacy of the diet for increased compliance

3:15 pm

Afternoon Break

4:00 pm

Case Studies

Participants will design sensory diets based on presented case studies

4:30 pm

The End

I loved the Pediatric Primer course I took in NY a few years ago and am looking for some new courses.

Fia C.
Charlotte, NC

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