Institute for Educational Development

Date: November 15, 2012

$219.00 per person
Group Price: $219.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time

Innovative Tools and Strategies for Occupational Therapists to Enhance Students’ Sensory Processing and Fine-Motor Skills

(Grades P-12)

NEW Seminar Presented By
Barbara Smith, MS, OTR/L

Outstanding Occupational Therapist, Presenter and Author

Specifically Designed for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants Serving Students in Grades P-12

  • Specific, ready-to-use ideas and activities for your students who struggle with sensory processing and attention issues
  • Expand your therapy bag of tricks” with the latest tips on apps that promote attention and fine-motor skills
  • Learn how to design and fabricate dozens of innovative, inexpensive therapeutic activities to help moderately to severely involved students develop functional hand skills
  • Dozens of innovative strategies to help your students increase their success in the general education classroom
  • Discover low-cost, pre-vocational activities that will prepare older students with developmental disabilities for employment
  • Demonstrations, models and a hands-on seminar complete with an extensive resource handbook filled with ideas and strategies you can use to strengthen your role as an occupational therapist

Practical Strategies

Especially designed for school-based occupational therapists and OT Assistants, this outstanding seminar will provide you with the tools to design and implement activities that will help students with mild to severe disabilities develop greater functional and academic skills.

Experienced and innovative occupational therapist, Barbara Smith, will teach you how to adapt the environment and activities to motivate the most challenging students. Strategies include using a multi-sensory approach and sensory reinforcements. You will also gain ready-to-use strategies to help students who struggle with sensory processing, visual skills, handwriting, and attention.

Based on her real-life experiences and using actual student examples, Barbara will discuss how to better support students of all ability levels. If you have students who are difficult to engage, you won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to learn NEW techniques and have a greater impact on the students and teachers you work with in grades P-12.

You will leave Barbara’s seminar with an extensive resource handbook that will help you begin implementing these ideas as soon as you return to your school.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Ready-to-Use Strategies to Strengthen Your Practice as an Occupational Therapy Practitioner in the School Environment
    Acquire a wealth of school-based intervention strategies to increase overall student functioning and learning in academic and non-academic school activities … Ideas that will work in a whole class, small group or with individual students
  2. Identify Methods for Improving Hand Function
    Identify methods you can use to help students with moderate to severe disabilities to improve grasp patterns, hand strength and manipulation skills in order to stabilize work materials, perform bilateral tasks and engage in sensory motor activities
  3. Best Teaching Strategies that Incorporate Sensory Components and Reinforcement
    Learn teaching strategies that incorporate use of sensory components such as music or vibration to increase engagement and the use of sensory reinforcements to promote self-regulation and visual attention           
  4. Design Age-Appropriate Pre-Vocational Activities for Older Students
    Discover how to design, fabricate and adapt low-cost, pre-vocational activities that meet the developmental learning needs of high school students and prepare them for employment        
  5. Learn How to Integrate Tablet and Phone Apps as Strategies to Promote Engagement and Fine-Motor Control
    Review the latest on how this cutting-edge technology helps children with varied abilities access the school curriculum       
  6. More Effectively Assess the Sensory Demands of the Classroom Environment
    Address the sensory demands of the environment to determine challenges for the student with sensory processing difficulty … Tips and techniques to promote a most suitable learning experience
  7. Optimize Fine-Motor Skills to Use Classroom Tools
    Optimize fine-motor success using activity and environmental adaptations to write, use scissors, fold paper, and more
  8. Provide Supports, Adaptations and Activities for Students with Functional Vision Challenges
    Identify the classroom visual demands and how to improve function to access the academic curriculum … Learn practical strategies to make visual media more accessible every day for students who struggle with maintaining visual attention
  9. Incorporate Cutting-Edge Strategies to Increase Attention Span and Optimum Arousal States for Learning
    Fun, creative and innovative ways of promoting arousal and alertness … Sample exercises that provide movement plus enhance curriculum initiatives … Novel activities you can try with your students              
  10. Receive an Extensive Occupational Therapy Resource Handbook
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook filled with strategies and techniques discussed in the seminar that are ready to implement with your students

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Use dozens of practical strategies to increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a school-based occupational therapist
  • Identify tips and techniques to address the unique needs of students with sensory processing disorders
  • Expand your bag of tricks” with adaptations, accommodations and interventions that range from inexpensive to free
  • Provide supports, adaptations and activities for students with functional vision challenges
  • Implement highly effective therapy techniques to promote self-esteem, motivation and function among your most challenged students
  • Employ multiple handwriting strategies you can use immediately
  • Use effective teaching techniques to promote cognitive and motor skills
  • Choose age-appropriate pre-vocational activities for older students
  • Apply the use of apps” to achieve therapeutic objectives
  • Utilize innovative methods to improve hand function
  • Incorporate sensory components and reinforcement to motivate and engage students
  • Design and fabricate activities that improve hand strength, grasp patterns and bilateral hand skills 
  • Provide ways to help your students more efficiently use pencils, scissors and other classroom tools
  • Apply hands-on examples and demonstrations of activities that promote motor skills planning and directionality
  • Use best practices for using adaptive equipment and environmental modifications to enhance learning
  • Use motivating and innovative ways for promoting arousal and alertness in the students on your caseload
  • Determine how you can utilize your activity analysis skills to in an already-existing classroom task and boost the benefit for your students
  • Discover exciting, new activities that will energize and inspire therapists, teachers and support staff 
  • Decrease stress and anxiety in learning situations by providing appropriate modifications and/or adaptations
  • Identify multi-sensory strategies that address student deficits in visual, auditory, tactile, and kinesthetic sensory systems
  • Implement numerous ideas and strategies to help your students be better prepared for academic and non-academic school activities
  • Utilize fresh, innovative ideas to expand your therapy repertoire
  • Direct effective teaching techniques to promote cognitive and motor skills

A Message from Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As our students grow up in a fast-paced world of two working parents, online social networking, digital entertainment, and intense academic demands, sensory motor experiences often take a back seat.

As an occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience working in public schools, early intervention, collaboratives, day habilitation programs, and even in a hippotherapy setting, I understand how young children need sensory-based movement activities to develop and learn. Occupational therapists can play an important role in reversing the trend toward a sedentary lifestyle by integrating gross and fine-motor activities that promote sensory processing, postural stability and eye-hand coordination throughout the school day.

I believe that every student can learn regardless of his or her cognitive abilities, behavioral challenges or sensory needs. As occupational therapists, we have the unique opportunity to be creative and innovative in adapting environments and activities so that all students can succeed to the best of their abilities—beginning with the transition from early intervention in a preschool program and ending as the young adult transitions into an academic, vocational training, employment, or workshop setting. 

In this seminar, my focus is on sharing the numerous activities and adaptations that I have designed which have been effective, inexpensive and fun. Because having fun is a critical aspect of all learning, be prepared for a multi-sensory experience that will activate your smile muscles. It is very rewarding and gratifying to know that you will be able to take these ideas back to the team to implement and better serve your students.

Barbara Smith, MS, OTR/L

P.S. As a practicing occupational therapist, I know just how valuable your time is, so we will focus on practical strategies that you can implement immediately. Please come prepared to participate, so dress comfortably!

Who Should Attend

Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants serving students in Grades P-12.

Special Benefits of Attending

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Dynamic interventions for you to implement with students
    • Hands-on, practical tools for your “OT tool chest”
    • Teaching strategies that incorporate sensory reinforcement
    • Strategies to help students improve visual skills
    • Directions to fabricate and use dozens of pre-vocational activities
    • Techniques to improve handwriting and using classroom tools
    • Review of current tablet and phone special education “apps”
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for occupational therapists and OT Assistants to meet and share ideas for improving the effectiveness of their school-based programs.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Barbara Smith will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own occupational therapy programs.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.