Avanti Educational Programs

Sensory Defensiveness: A comprehensive treatment approach

Patricia Wilbarger, MEd, FAOTA & Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OTR

Toronto, Ontario

Original Dates: October 3-4, 2014
NEW DATES: February 20-21, 2015

Please Note: The conference originally scheduled for October 3-4, 2014 has been rescheduled.  After receiving many calls/emails about local events and holiday occurring over this weekend we made the decision to reschedule.  Attendees registered for the October dates will have the option of moving to February 20-21, 2015 or 100% refund. 


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For registrations questions call 805-319-0715 or email Events@Avanti-Ed.com


2 Day Workshop with an Evening Lab Session - 16 Contact Hours

Day 1 8:30 am to 9:00 pm (Lunch & Dinner Breaks)
Day 2 8:30 am to 5:00 pm (Lunch Break)

Sensory defensiveness will be described across multiple age and diagnostic groups. The relation between sensory defensiveness and emerging psychological and neuroscience theories of behavior will be considered. Clinical labs consist of training in specific assessment and treatment techniques including the protocols developed by Patricia Wilbarger. Practicum exercises incorporate detecting and analyzing sensory based behaviors, activity planning (the “sensory diet”) and the management of individual cases using advanced clinical reasoning procedures.

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Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation -
Conference Centre
150 Kilgour Road
Toronto, Ontario

Directions, Parking and Transportation

Please visit the venue's contact page for specific instructions around driving up to the facility and entrances. 


  • Per half hour or less - $1.75
  • Daily (24 hour) weekday maximum - $9.00 
  • Evening maximum (6 p.m.-6 a.m.) - $6.00 
  • Weekend daily maximum (Sat 6 a.m. - Mon 6 a.m.) - $6.00 


Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation offers the following suggestions for local hotel accomodations:

Best Western Roehampton Hotel and Suites

808 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto, ON M4P 2L2

Telephone: (416) 487-5101 Toll Free Reservations: 1-800-387-8899

Website: www.bestwestern.com

Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites

175 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario M3C 1J3

Telephone: (416) 449-4111

Website: www.torontodonvalleyhotel.com

Westin Prince Hotel

900 York Mills Road, North York, ON M3B 3H2

Telephone: (416) 444-2511

Website: www.westin.com/prince

Crowne Plaza Toronto Don Valley

1250 Eglinton Avenue East, North York, ON M3C 1J3

Telephone: (416) 449-4111

Website: www.cptdv.com

Toronto Suites

2 Glen Elm Avenue, Toronto, ON M4T 1T8

Telephone: (416) 489-4611

Website: www.torontosuites.com