SensoryWorks Unit 9 for Non-Professionals: Sensory Strategies for Calming the Brain

Faculty

Stormy Hill, MD (not licensed in UT), OTR/L
Founder of Sensory Recovery LLC 

Dr. Stormy Hill has worked for ten years in the field of mental health as an occupational therapist with a focus on life skills and sensory processing. She has a BA from Duke University‚ her medical doctorate from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine‚ and her MS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in pediatrics and sensory integration. Her diverse background includes working in school-based settings‚ sensory integration clinics/private practices‚ hospital setting with complex medical conditions‚ mental health clinics for children‚ residential treatment centers for adolescents‚ and residential treatment centers for substance abuse rehabilitation. Dr. Hill was elected as one of the Woman to Watch for Utah Business Magazine in 2014 for her work in this area. in 2012, her research study was chosen as a semi-finalist for funding innovative social change within Utah Community Foundation. She is currently a principal investigator in a year long research study examining sensory supports and self-regulation in a dual diagnosis setting. A main focus for Dr. Hill is to provide design and implementation of sensory rooms‚ staff training and education‚ and life skills program design for substance abuse/dual diagnosis treatment centers.

Bonnie Eckman, COTA/L

Bonnie has always been passionate about life and being able to live life to the fullest, which is why she is so passionate about Occupational Therapy. During school she spent many extra hours focusing on mental health in relation to function and was particularly interested in sensory regulation/integration/modulation and its use for improved mental health. Feeling sure that this is a missing piece to leading a balanced and productive life she has made it her goal to teach as many people as possible about this important part of leading a balanced life. Sensory input is a basic human survival skill, yet no one is teaching or utilizing it for self-regulation, mindfulness, life balance and basic stress relief.

Bonnie’s passion now is to share her knowledge and experience with other practitioners. She actively consults in teaching/training others in mental health and sensory treatments. She has provided in-services for OT and OTA education programs, presented as a speaker for multiple seminars and conferences as well as volunteers often for the NBCOT (National Board of Certification of Occupational Therapy) and UOTA (Utah Occupational Therapy Association) as a specialist in mental health, addiction and sensory modulation.

Learning Objectives

This video teaches about the “just right level of alertness” and ways to help your body and brain to be more calm and organized. We review the steps to identify our alertness level and then choose strategies to alter as needed for the task at hand. Calming strategies within each sensory system are reviewed.
This unit consists of one video and two worksheets.