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As an elementary teacher and special educator in Maryland, Georgia, and Virginia for 22 years, Bonny has designed classroom experiences that are accessible to all learners. As a wheelchair user, she leads conversations about disability awareness in the classroom and community. Bonny received her Master of Education in Diverse Student Populations from the University of Mary Washington and Bachelor of Science in Elementary and Special Education from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Bonny's debut children's book, Recess Magic, will be on bookshelves in the fall of 2021. Join Bonny for an interactive deep dive into practical changes that can be made to enhance classroom access for all learners, including environmental modifications and transition sound strategies.
Discovering your own Sensory Emotional Profile: Strategies to Maintain Regulation & Engagement when Interacting with your Child
by Michele Parkins, MS, OTR
We are all sensory and emotional beings, including parents! Join Michele Parkins, MS, OTR as she shares insights that will help you know yourself better, which can result in showing up for your kids in a more purposeful, regulated, and engaged way. Michele Parkins is an Occupational Therapist specializing in working with children and families with Sensory Processing and Integration Disorder and challenges in social-emotional development. Michele is a fellow of Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, OTR, and faculty of Sensory Treatment and Research Institute. She educates therapists from all over the country and world on treatment for sensory processing disorder. She is certified in the Developmental Individual Differences Relation-based model (DIR) and is faculty of Profectum Foundation where she educates therapists all over the world on social-emotional development and the DIR model.
The connection experienced between parent and therapist is foundational for optimal outcomes of sensory-based occupational therapy intervention and can bring more playfulness and joy into the process. Renee Allen, MS, OTR/L is the owner of ROOTS Pediatric Occupational Therapy. She also educates other therapists as a member of the STAR Institute Faculty. In her experience using a family-centered model of practice, parent education, coaching, and participation are crucial parts of this type of intervention. During treatment, she takes a deep dive with parents to discover a child's unique regulation profile. She uses this profile to better understand what constricts and supports a child's ability to access learning and to make progress in all areas of development. Through viewing their child and themselves through a sensory sense, parents can be equipped with the tools they need to support their child after occupational therapy is done. This family-centered approach to intervention which supports sensory processing, relationships, and regulation can set the roots from which children grow and blossom. Join Renee as she shares insights from her experience on how therapists and parents can team together to help children thrive!
by Sara Jefferson, OTR/L
Executive functioning skills are the cognitive skills that guide everything we do on a day to day basis including planning, initiating, prioritizing, remembering, and monitoring our actions. These skills play an important role in the daily participation of children (and adults!) of all ages to accomplish simple to complex tasks across all domains of life. This presentation will break down the executive functions, examine EF's role on a child's daily functioning, how to support the development of these skills, and the occupational therapist’s unique role in this process.
by Peggy Enabnit, OTR/L
Get ideas for using sensory strategies successfully with a variety of students, including those with Sensory Processing Disorders and ADHD. Gain an understanding of how and why to choose specific strategies for each unique child. How you can use tools that foster neurological changes and promote growth within your children and students.
by Robyn Chu, MOT, OTR/L
Come join us for a discussion of how to support yourself and the children you serve in whatever roles you occupy at these crazy times. We'll talk about self-awareness, self-care, and sensory-based strategies for helping us all stay a little more regulated.
by Jenni Stucki, MS, OTR/L
Our vestibular sense is crucial for balance and movement. It works together with our other senses to help us orient ourselves in space, feel grounded, and interact with the world. Come and learn the basics about this crucial sensory system. We will also discuss practical tools and tips for harnessing the power of this hidden movement sense to help your children, students, and even yourself!
by Wendy Brandt, MS, OTR/L
Weak core and trunk strength can impact performance in areas including handwriting, fine motor, and self-care tasks in the developing child. In this presentation we will discuss and review core exercises and practical play activities to help strengthen the muscles of the core and trunk.
by Meghan Enabnit, MS, OTR/L
This presentation will focus on ways to support a teenager with Sensory Processing Disorder by identifying their internal and external warning signs leading to dysregulation. It will offer examples of calming tools to support him or her to be successful and have joy of life at home, school, and in the community.
by Sheryl Trainor, MS, OTR/L
Does it seem like your child has little interest in eating or exploring new foods? Is it a struggle to sit at the table at mealtime? Does your child get anxious around new foods? This webinar will explore methods of engagement for different developmental levels to use with picky eaters and problem feeders. Be prepared to get messy!
by Angeles VanVleet, MS CCC-SLP
There is more to reading than being able to break the code, decipher vocabulary, and interpret sentences. Learn about the relationship between reading comprehension and social thinking.
These webinars are absolutely free, and we are excited to build community and learn with you. If you have enjoyed this series or are interested in helping to further our mission, please click here or on the link below to donate to our scholarship fund. 100% of donations will be put toward helping families who cannot afford therapy obtain services that will have a lifelong impact on their children. Thank you in advance for your generosity!