Institute for Educational Development

Uniquely Qualified Instructor

Barbara A. Smith is a highly experienced occupational therapist, author and national presenter who has over 25 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities in a variety of settings including public schools, educational collaboratives and group homes. 

Barbara is the author of Innovative Tools and Strategies for Occupational Therapists to Enhance Students’ Sensory Processing and Fine-Motor Skills (Grades P-12), the extensive occupational therapy resource handbook each participant will receive at the seminar. Additional authorship credits include the Recycling Occupational Therapist and From Rattles to Writing: A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills.

In this outstanding one-day seminar, you will be re-energized by the same innovations described in Barbara’s books and now your very own handbook.

What Your Colleagues Say About Your Presenter

Barbara’s innovative Ideas are applicable across all ages. I feel her creative and cost-effective ideas are especially needed in a time where school-based occupational therapists face shrinking budgets and increasing caseloads.”
– Sara Weaver, OT

“Barbara presents fresh ideas. Her presentation style is very engaging.”
– Judy Bialaszewski, OT

“As a long-time occupational therapist, I feel that Barbara reinvigorated my rather burned-out soul. It was great!”
– M. Chris Mathews, OT

Excellent presentation. Great ideas – very creative.”
– Sue Goza, OTR/L

“Barbara presents a great seminar! I love all the therapeutic toys and ideas.”
– Barbara Gallucci, COTA/L

“This seminar has reminded me of why I became an OT. It is easy to get caught up in the expensive gadgets that are mass-produced. Often, the most effective tools are those that are the simplest and are made from the heart!”
– Kelly McCollum, OT

“Barbara has many practical ideas for not a lot of money.”
– Amy Farris, COTA

“Barbara presents great ideas to make adaptive equipment that is inexpensive.”
– Lori Warner, COTA

“Barbara’s activities and interventions are very helpful.”
– Cynthia Jones, COTA/L

“Barbara Smith is great. We received an extensive resource handbook of ideas and a useful website. Great, great, great!
– Cheryl Batterman, COTA/L

“Barbara’s presentation is the most useful and practical seminar I have attended since I became a COTA. Barbara Smith is so approachable and humorous in her interaction.”
– Sue Wolf, COTA/L