An Introduction to Sensory Systems and Assessing Implications for Play Therapy Practice

October 26, 2023 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time 6:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Date/ Time:

October 26, 2023

9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Eastern Time

6:00 AM - 10:00 AM Pacific Time

Live Webinar


This webinar aims to bring the therapeutic powers of sensory play to life by introducing the eight sensory systems and assessing their implications for play therapy practice. Sensory play, the eight sensory systems, and sensory play therapy, will be introduced and defined. Specific therapeutic powers associated with sensory play will be identified and sensory play therapy techniques will be demonstrated and explored. This webinar will provide a clear rationale for the inclusion of sensory play in play therapy practice and support clinicians in their application of the therapeutic powers of sensory play.

Course Materials

Ideally, participants will have a few sensory play materials on hand. These materials are suggested, but not required. Bring what you have!

  • Balloons
  • Rice/lentils/flour
  • A funnel/a plastic bottle & a scissors
  • Cotton balls
  • Food scents e.g. lemon, orange vanilla
  • Small organza bag (if possible)
  • Shaving cream
  • A plastic zip-lock bag
  • Newspaper

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and explain the eight sensory systems
  • Define sensory play and sensory play therapy
  • Explain the importance of sensory play
  • Identify four therapeutic powers of sensory play
  • Apply key sensory play therapy strategies in play therapy practice

Your Instructor

Siobhán Prendiville M.I.A.H.I.P., S.I.A.P.T.P., B.
Siobhán Prendiville M.I.A.H.I.P., S.I.A.P.T.P., B.

Siobhán Prendiville is Course Leader for the MA in Creative Psychotherapy (Humanistic & Integrative Modality), which incorporates a Postgraduate Diploma in Play Therapy, at the Children’s Therapy Centre in Ireland. The Children’s Therapy Centre is the longest established and foremost provider of professional play therapy training in Ireland. It is the only institution in Ireland where students can gain a dual qualification as a Play Therapist and Psychotherapist with full academic and professional validation. Siobhán is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, play therapist, clinical supervisor, author, presenter and trainer. She also maintains a private child and adolescent psychotherapy and play therapy practice. Siobhán is certified as an integrative psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor with the European Association for Integrative Psychotherapy. She is fully accredited with the Irish Association for Play Therapy and Psychotherapy and the Irish Association of Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapy.

Siobhán contributed a chapter on “Accelerated Psychological Development” to the 2nd edition (2014) of Dr Charles Schaefer’s and Dr Athena Drewes’ seminal text, “The Therapeutic Powers of Play: 20 Core Agents of Change”. She has written about the use of puppets in therapy and education settings in “Play Therapy Today: Contemporary Practice with Individuals, Groups and Carers” and in “Puppet Play Therapy: A Practical Guidebook.” Another chapter, Coming alive: finding joy through sensory play, is in “Creative Psychotherapy: Applying the principles of neurodevelopment to play and expressive arts-based practice.” Siobhán also co-authored a chapter exploring the use of messy play in education settings in Sue Jennings’ and Clive Holmwood’s book the “International Handbook of Play, Therapeutic Play and Play Therapy”. Her latest chapters include “Sensory Play Therapy” in Heidi Kaduson and Charles Schaefer’s 2021 book “Play therapy with children: Modalities for change” and “Calming Christopher: The regulating powers of sensory play” in Eileen Prendiville and Judi Parson’s 2021 book “Clinical Applications of the Therapeutic Powers of Play: Case studies in child and adolescent psychotherapy”.

CE Information:
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, this one-time online event has been approved by APT for (3hrs) CONTACT CE Hours. The Play Therapy Training Institute is approved by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Approved Provider 95-002.

Please Note: The CE certificate will be awarded within 3 business days to those who attend the entire webinar, complete a multiple-choice test, and fill out course evaluations. No partial credit will be given. Play Therapy credit may not be awarded to non-mental health professionals.

Effective May 15, 2020, through June 30, 2022, APT Approved Providers may temporarily offer "contact" hours for online continuing education." All of our Live webinars during this time period will meet APT's requirements to provide "Contact CE" credit. In order to be eligible, participants must keep their cameras on throughout the webinar. Please contact us with any questions.

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