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Feb 25 2021


10:00 am - 11:00 am



Designing Sensory Spaces for Children and Teens at Home (Autism Awareness Centre Inc)

Featuring Paula Aquilla, OT

Parents and children are spending more time together during COVID. Schools have been closed and restrictions have been made on community spaces, making home ‘the space’ for everyone. In this webinar, you will learn what to consider when designing your space and how to enlist your child in designing the space they will use. The same space can have more than one purpose – learn how to change the space with multiple purposes in mind.


Welcome and Introductions
The physical space – opportunities for movement, rest, quiet, sensory aspects of a space
The emotional space – space to interact, visuals to support success and accomplishment, beauty in your space
The thinking space – supporting school skills and participation
Does the space support the needs of the children and adults sharing the space?
How to enlist your child’s help in designing the space
Multiple uses of the same space – how to change the space with minimal effort
Question and Answers
Closing Remarks

Please note that this webinar will be presented live. If you are unable to attend on the day of the webinar, you will have access to the recorded webinar on demand.


Paula Aquilla loves her work as a mom, an Occupational Therapist and as an Osteopathic Manual Practitioner. She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, and has practiced in a variety of clinical, home, and community settings since 1986. Paula founded the Yes I Can! Nursery school and summer camps, and the I Love My Baby Program in Toronto. She was also the founding executive director of of Giant Steps. Paula is now the director of Aquilla Occupational Therapy; a family oriented practice that is full of fun and learning. Paula is proud to serve her community in Toronto, and is passionate about collaborating with First Nations Communities across Canada. Paula has taught workshops about sensory processing and development in many countries and has been a guest lecturer for the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and Humber College.

Paula is published in the field as a co-author of Building Bridges through Sensory Integration(1998), and The Sensory Detective (2016), and is a contributor to the book, Children, Youth and Adults with Asperger’s Syndrome. Paula has also contributed to magazines and special interest newsletters in Canada, the US and the UK. She is the technical editor for the SI Focus Magazine. Paula brings warmth and enthusiasm in her work with children and their families.