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January 25, 2018

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8:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

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8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

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PHOENIX
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Practical Sensory Motor Strategies to Help OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS and PHYSICAL THERAPISTS Support Student Success

Presented by Greg Santucci, MS, OTR/L
Outstanding Occupational Therapist, Consultant and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Therapy Assistants, Special Education Staff, and Education Teams Working with Students in Preschool Grade 12

  • Dozens of highly effective strategies you can use as an occupational therapist or physical therapist to improve student sensory processing and accelerate progress in the school setting
  • Practical sensory motor techniques to help improve student attention, decrease distractibility and increase self-confidence and schoolwork
  • Easy-to-understand, effective strategies to communicate with teachers and administrators about how sensory processing impacts school performance and behaviors
  • Proven tips on how to more accurately assess sensory needs in the classroom and how to incorporate sensory motor strategies into a student’s daily routine
  • How to use sensory diets” effectively in school and maximize teacher carryover
  • Demonstrations, labs and a comprehensive therapy resource handbook filled with practical strategies, therapy suggestions and sensory motor tools specifically useful for school-based OTs and PTs

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Specifically designed for occupational and physical therapists, assistants and support staff, this seminar will provide you with many practical and effective sensory motor strategies to support students’ success in preschool through grade 12. Experienced, practicing occupational therapist, Greg Santucci, will share realistic strategies, techniques and insights that work in effectively meeting various students’ needs in an educational setting. Learn how to more fully use your knowledge and experience to develop effective programs designed for each individual student that will also benefit the whole class. Add group sensory motor activities to your repertoire that can be done in tight spaces! Discover how to make the most of available school equipment, and learn what sensory motor equipment you can easily carry in your portable ‘therapy bag.’

You will leave with a comprehensive therapy resource handbook that will help you begin implementing these ideas as soon as you return to your school and will provide a quick and easy reference to the dozens of practical ideas, tips and tools you will learn in this high-energy seminar.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Ready-to-Use Strategies to Enhance Your Practice as an Occupational or Physical Therapist in the School Environment
    Acquire a wealth of school-based intervention strategies to accelerate student progress and improve sensory processing for an entire class, a small group or individual students
  2. Improve Your Clinical Observation Skills by Identifying Often Hidden Sensory Motor Challenges in Children
    Discover how delays in sensory motor development have a direct impact on a student’s ability to sit quietly, pay attention, read efficiently, and have legible handwriting
  3. Enhance Your Clinical Reasoning Skills by Gaining a New Understanding of Sensory Motor Development and How it Impacts Student Learning and Behavior
    Understand how developmental milestones and the integration of primitive movement patterns play a key role in the development of motor skills needed for optimal school performance
  4. Provide Effective Strategies to Improve Self-Regulation, Decrease Fidgeting and Improve Attention
    Understand what students are telling us with their bodies and their behaviors … Learn teaching strategies that incorporate the use of sensory input to promote better focusing throughout the school day … Identify strategies that will have positive benefits for the whole class
  5. Learn About the Latest Evidence-Based Practices
    Discover which programs/techniques have been proven to work and what new products are available to help with sensory processing … Be at the forefront of knowledge and be able to justify your clinical reasoning
  6. More Accurately Assess the Sensory Demands of the Classroom Environment
    Learn how to more accurately assess the sensory demands of the environment to determine what challenges may be encountered by your students with sensory processing difficulties … Gain a new perspective on incorporating sensory motor strategies into a busy, often-crowded classroom
  7. Strengthen Your Collaboration Skills for Working with School Staff
    Learn essential “Do’s and Don’ts” when implementing strategies in the classroom … Gain valuable tips on how to best collaborate with the entire educational team
  8. Learn Innovative Ideas to Incorporate Sensory Diet Strategies to Help Students Better Access Classroom Instruction
    Understand and relate to teachers how sensory processing impacts learning … Learn new easy-to-implement strategies ranging from formal programs to simpler strategies for the more reluctant teacher
  9. Utilize Proven Tips to Modify Your Therapy Services for Different Grade Levels
    Discover adaptations and modifications of your sensory motor activities and strategies for different grade levels and ages
  10. Acquire Fresh, Innovative Ideas to Expand Your Therapy Repertoire
    Each participant will receive an extensive therapy resource handbook filled with strategies and techniques discussed in the seminar, enabling you to immediately implement them with your students

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Utilize practical, realistic strategies to strengthen your role as an occupational or physical therapist in your school
  • Draw on your new clinical observation skills to identify underlying sensory motor deficits that are impacting school performance
  • Better understand how efficient vestibular, visual and auditory sensory systems are essential for students to perform at an optimal level in the classroom
  • Use your knowledge of sensory motor development to design highly effective treatment activities to improve sensory processing and accelerate student progress
  • Utilize effective strategies to incorporate sensory diet activities that will benefit individual students, small groups and the entire class
  • Apply simple techniques and proven strategies in the classroom to improve attention, concentration and memory
  • Incorporate easy-to-understand language and techniques to improve sensory processing in the classroom and gain the cooperation of teachers and paraprofessionals
  • Use appropriate supports, adaptations and activities for students with functional visual challenges
  • Determine if in-class or pull-out therapy will provide more effective results for diverse situations on your caseload
  • Expand your bag of tricks” with adaptations, accommodations and interventions that range from inexpensive to free
  • Utilize highly motivating therapy techniques to promote self-esteem, motivation and function among your most challenging students
  • Develop appropriate strategies to improve self-regulation in the school environment
  • Apply effective teaching techniques to promote motor planning skills
  • Decrease stress and anxiety in learning situations by providing appropriate sensory motor strategies, accommodations or modifications
  • Energize and inspire your teachers, support staff and fellow therapists with exciting, new activities

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

As therapists, we offer a very unique perspective about how children learn. While our schools are increasing academic demands and limiting opportunities for movement, we understand that good sensory motor development is essential for children to learn and behave at their highest level of ability. Understanding sensory processing, and being able to convey this information to teachers in the form of easy-to-implement strategies, is critically important to help a student who may be struggling in school. Teachers and parents may “see” poor handwriting, distractibility or disruptive behaviors. However, it’s often the “unseen,” hidden challenges of poor sensory processing that are impacting a student’s success in the classroom.

My goal in our day together is to provide you with a fresh, new way of looking at how sensory motor development impacts school performance. I will share dozens of strategies, techniques and activities to improve student sensory processing. I will address the importance of a strong vestibular system and, more importantly, how to target it within the confines of a classroom, hallway or therapy room closet. We will explore how important a child’s visual processing is to learning. Together, we will answer the question, “Is it sensory, or is it behavior?” You will return to school the next day with innovative, new ideas to help the students on your caseload as well as with new approaches to improve your communication with teachers and parents. This is not a “sit and listen” seminar! You will have many opportunities to try new activities and collaborate with therapists who share the challenges and rewards of working with students in schools. My aim is that you will leave the seminar “fired up” and ready to return to your school with new ideas and a new energy to deliver the most effective therapy services to your students!

I am excited to share experiences and collaborate with you and I look forward to our day together!

Sincerely,
Greg Santucci

P.S. As a practicing occupational therapist, I know just how valuable your time is; therefore, my focus will be on sharing practical strategies that work in today’s schools.

Who Should Attend

Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Therapy Assistants, Special Education Staff, and Education Teams serving Preschool-Grade 12.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive a comprehensive therapy resource handbook specifically designed by Greg Santucci for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:

  • Practical, proven strategies you can use immediately with students with sensory processing disorders
  • Inexpensive, easy-to-obtain, highly effective items to include in your “therapy bag”
  • Highly useful strategies to implement sensory diets and sensory motor activities in the classroom and during therapy sessions
  • A valuable, detailed classroom observation checklist
  • Suggestions, tips and ready-to-use programs to prevent meltdowns
  • An array of ways to help your school staff understand the challenges of your students and use classroom accommodations and modifications to their benefit

Agenda

8:30 - 9:00 Current Practices in an Educational Setting
9:00 - 9:30 Sensory Motor Development and Student Behaviors
9:30 - 10:15 Sensory Processing and Practical Strategies to increase movement in the classroom
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Tactile, Proprioception and Vision and how it impacts school performance
11:45-1:00 Lunch
1:00- 1:30 Sensory Diets
1:30 - 2:15 Sensory Motor Lab and Make It-Take It Activity for self-regulation
2:15 - 2:45 Primitive Reflexes and Practical Strategies for school
2:45 - 3:15 Evidence-based Practice, Data Collection, Measuring Progress

Consultation Available
Greg Santucci will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own occupational/physical therapy program.

AOTA – CEUs:
BER is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Full attendance at this seminar qualifies for .5 AOTA CEUs. You will be required to sign a morning and afternoon attendance roster and complete a program evaluation. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level, Introductory, Category 2, Domain of OT.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are 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 this BER program.

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.

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