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Sensory Processing and Mental Health: The Role of Occupational Therapy

Presenters: Angie Ellingson, OTR/L and Celia Holec, OTR/L


Angie Ellingson is the Lead Therapist at Family Achievement Center in our pediatric therapy clinic in Bloomington. She graduated from the U of M with a Master’s in OT in 2005 and have been working in peds for 15 years.  Certified Mad2Glad Parent Coach since 2017.  13 years at The Therapy Place (now Family Achievement Center).  Experience/Training in sensory processing, Integrated Listening System, Therapeutic Listening, Safe & Sound Protocol, SOS approach to feeding, Responsive Feeding Approach, Kawar Spin Protocol, Masgutova Reflex Integration, Parent Coaching, and many self regulation programs and social thinking curriculums such Zones of Regulation, How Does Your Engine Run, 5 Point Scale, Super Flex, etc.

Celia Holec is the lead OT at Family Achievement Center, in our pediatric therapy clinic in Woodbury. She graduated with her Masters in OT from St Kates in 2011, She has worked at FAC for 9 years.  She has training in various auditory programs including Integrated Listening System, Safe and Sound Protocol, Therapeutic Listening, Interactive Metronome, Sensory Integration, Trauma Informed Practice, Beckman Oral Motor and many Self Regulation and Social Thinking Curriculums such as Zones of Regulation, How Does Your Engine Run, 5 Point Scale, Super Flex, etc.

Description: This presentation will educate providers on the role of occupational therapy in a pediatric mental health setting and the ways in which sensory processing may be impacting mental health.  We will highlight how mental health providers and occupational therapists can work together to address their clients’ needs.  Topics covered include sensory processing, features of sensory processing dysfunction and what to look for, when and how to refer a client for an occupational therapy evaluation, and what evaluation and treatment could look like in this setting.


  • Describe occupational therapy and skill areas occupational therapists address.
  • Identify the 7 sensory systems and basic features of sensory defensiveness and sensory seeking.
  • Identify how sensory processing may impact individuals with mental health diagnoses.
  • Identify the role of occupational therapy in a mental health setting.
  • Identify the features of an appropriate referral for occupational therapy evaluation.
  • Describe the process of an occupational therapy referral, evaluation, treatment, and home programming.


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