Teal Benevides, MS, OTR/L

Contact Ms. Benevides

901 Walnut Street
6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 503-6946
(215) 503-2950 fax


BS in Psychology, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
MS in Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University,
      Philadelphia, PA

Professional Memberships

Member, American Occupational Therapy Association - 2003-Present
Member, Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association -
Reviewer of POTA Conference Proposals - 2008
Member, Society for Psychophysiological Research - 2007-Present

University Appointment

Assistant Professor - 2011-Present
Instructor - 2007-2011
Adjunct Instructor - 2005-2007
Sensory Integration Laboratory Coordinator

Research and Clinical Interests

Access to therapy services
Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Children with sensory dysfunction
Physiological measurement using RSA and pre-ejection period

Courses Taught

OT302 Applied Anatomy & Kinesiology
OT308 Concepts in Neurodevelopment
OT670 Research Seminar


Peer Reviewed:

Schaaf, R.C. Toth-Cohen, S. Outten, G., Johnson, S. & Benevides, T. (2011) The Everyday Routines of Families of Children with Autism: Examining the Impact of Sensory Processing Difficulties on the Family. Autism: The International Journal of Autism Research. Autism Research, online first. D01:10.1177/1362361310386505

Schaaf, R.C. Benevides, T., Imperatore Blanche, E., Brett-Green, B.A., Burke, J.P., Cohn, E.S., Koomar, J., Lane, S.J., Miller, L.J., May-Benson, T.A., Parham, D., Reynolds, S., Schoen, S.A. (2010). Parasympathetic functions in children with sensory processing disorder. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 4, 1-11. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2010.00004

Peer Reviewed Book Chapters:
Schaaf, R.C, Benevides, T. & Zapletal, A.. (2010). Chapter 2: Neurobiological Basis of Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview. In H.M. Kuhaneck & R. Watling, Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, (3rd ed). Bethesda, MD: AOTA.

Non-Peer Reviewed:
Koomar, Miller, Schoen, Brett-Green, Schaaf, Benevides, Lane, Reynolds, Parham, May-Benson, Teasdale, Mailloux, Smith Roley, Blanche, Bodison (2008). Collaborative research programs in sensory integration and processing. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 31 (4), 1-4.

Mollo, K, Schaaf, RC, Benevides, T. (2008). The use of Kripalu Yoga to decrease sensory overresponsivity: A pilot study. Sensory Integration Special Interest Section Quarterly, 31 (3), 1-4.