Sensory Processing and FASDs

Diana Steffen Steer graduated from Colorado State University  as an Occupational Therapist in 1985. She currently works at UAA as the Academic Coordinator of the joint Creighton University/UAA Occupational Therapy doctoral program. She is a certified ‘Nurtured Heart Approach’ practitioner.

Through her private practice Ms. Steer works with the Unalaska City School District and she is a member of the FASD Diagnostic teams based out of Assets, Inc. and Southcentral Foundation. She is also a member of the advisory board for HOPE Alaska and she is an affiliate faculty member of the Arctic FASD RTC.

Ms. Steer’s interest in sensory processing and FAS has evolved from an initial interest in autism and sensory processing. Through this workshop, she plans to provide participants with a more thorough understanding of sensory processing, its effects on learning, everyday routines and activities. There will be a strong emphasis on intervention and communication strategies through interactive experiences and class participation.

This lecture is free and open to the public.

Time: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: UAA/APU Consortium Library Room 307. 

The entrance to the library is on the Providence Hospital side of the building. Room 307 is on the third floor. There are elevators just past the reference section and computers.


Teleconference information

Sensory Processing & FASDs Worksheet


The UAA/APU Consortium Library parking lot is on Alumni Drive, which is off of Providence Drive and opposite Providence Hospital. Please see the map.

Please arrive early to secure a parking place. Be prepared to pay for at least one hour’s worth of parking.

Free parking does not begin until 7:30 p.m. (UAA Parking Services will ticket anyone who does not have a valid parking permit.)

Books mentioned during the presentation

Ayres, A. Jean PhD (2008)
Sensory Integration and the Child: Understanding Hidden Sensory Challenges
Los Angeles: Western Psychological Services. ISBN: 978-087424-437-3

Cooper-Kahn, Joyce PhD & Dietzel, Laurie PhD (2008)
Late, Lost, and Unprepared: A Parents' Guide to Helping Children with Executive Functioning
Woodbine House. ISBN: 978-1-890627-84-3

Dawson, Peg & Guare, Richard (2004)
Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents: A Practical Guide to Assessment & Intervention
New York: Guildford Press. ISBN: 1-57230-928-8.

Glasser, Howard, MA with Melissa Lynn Block, MEd (2007)
All Children Flourishing: Igniting the Greatness of Our Children
The Nurtured Heart Approach: A Parenting Paradigm for the New Millenium

Nurtured Hearth Publications. ISBN: 0-9670507-8-2

McClannahan, Lynne E. PhD & Krantz, Patricia J. Phd (1999)
Activity Schedules for Children with Autism: Teaching Independent Behavior
Woodbine House. ISBN: 0-933149-93-X

Continuing Education

Participants will be eligible to received two (2) continuing education (CE) credits for the completion of the lecture. The processing fee for these two credits is $25.00.

CBHRS is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. These CE credits are accepted by several licensing boards and for other professional purposes. CBHRS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

If you wish to receive continuing education credits for this lecture, please print and submit the registration form, along with the $25.00 CE processing fee. (We regret that we are unable to process credit cards online. We thank you for your patience and understanding.)

Target Audience

  • Health and allied health professionals
  • Students in health and allied health programs
  • Educators
  • Parents and caregivers
  • Community members interested in learning more about FASDs


  • No previous knowledge of FASDs is required.

Learning Objectives

Based on the content of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the principles of sensory processing.
  • Explain the effects of sensory processing on learning and everyday activities.
  • Describe intervention and communication strategies based on sensory processing principles.