Senses and Sensibilities 

Online certificate course by Adelphi University
Workshop Detail
Senses and Sensibilities: An Inside View on Recognizing and Supporting Students on the Autism Spectrum with Sensory Issues

The inclusion of sensory issues in the narrative of the newly released Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5), suggests greater formal recognition of sensory processing dysfunction as a characteristic of the autism spectrum. Following a brief introduction of the presenter, the workshop opens with an activity giving participants a sense (pun intended) of what sensory overload may feel like to a person on the autism spectrum.

The next part of the presentation focuses on the neurology of sensory processing and how dysfunction in this area contributes to sensory issues that many on the autism spectrum experience. Using personal examples from the presenter, others on the autism spectrum, and case studies, the next portion of the presentation examines what teachers, social workers, those in the medical fields, and others supporting those with autism will notice when sensory processing dysfunction is occurring for an individual in school, at home, at work, and in the community. These observations are followed by practical solutions for developing accommodations to support these individuals in regulating their sensory system.

The workshop ends with a review of the numerous books, DVDs, equipment, and assessment instruments such as the Sensory Profile by Winnie Dunn and Catana Brown that exist for helping to support persons on the autism spectrum in determining their sensory profile to develop appropriate supports for ameliorating sensory issues.


 Clinical Assistant Professor,
Adelphi University, NY and
Autism self advocate


Dr Stephen Shore is a clinical assistant professor at Adelphi University, New York. He is also an autism self advocate. His researches focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism. In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen is internationally renowned for presentations, consultations and writings on lifespan issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure.

He is the author of books such as College for students with disabilities, understanding autism for dummies, ask and tell and beyond the Wall. He serves on the Interagency Autism Coordinating Commission and the Board of Directors for the Autism Society of America, Unlocking Autism, MAAP, the College Internship Program, and USAAA. He is also a current board member of Autism Speaks, president emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and advisory board member of the Autism Society. Dr. Shore serves on the boards of the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, The US Autism and Asperger Association, the Scientific Counsel of OAR, and other autism related organisations


Course Content
  • Sensory issue in ASD
  • How to notice sensory processing dysfunction
  • Understanding the neurology of sensory processing.
  • Personal examples and case studies.
  • Practical solutions for regulating sensory system.
  • sensory profile by Winnie Dunn and Catana Brown for sensory profile
  • A review of books, DVD’s, equipment and assessment instruments.
Date: April 23, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fees:    USD 50 
                INR 3500

Certificate will be awarded by
Adelphi University, New York
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