TWO DAY TRAIN-THE-TRAINER INSTITUTE
Strengthen Students’ Functional Vision and Visual Perceptual Skills to Increase Student Learning
Specifically Designed for Preschool Grade 12 School Based Occupational Therapists who train and provide staff development to OT/COTA Teams, Special Education Staff, Classroom Teachers, Reading Interventionists, and Education Teams working with students in Preschool Grade 12 Classrooms
- Train your occupational therapists and education teams in practical strategies that will significantly strengthen students’ functional visual skills and visual perception skills to greatly increase their school success – strategies that work!
- Train your occupational therapists and support staff to use a wide range of interventions to integrate multi-sensory learning activities that will accelerate the development of functional visual skills within the classroom, including tactile and kinesthetic strategies and therapeutic movement interventions
- Train others to maximize their limited time using hands-on activities that address visual perception skills for students who struggle to access the curriculum
- Train your OTs and education teams to support your state standards for reading, writing and math that are dependent on key visual skills
- Step-by-step guidance for training and developing collaborative education teams to better support your students in the school(s) where you work
- Make-and-takes throughout the two days to provide you with immediate materials to use in your own training
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Do you want all students to have equal access to learning? Lacking functional vision and visual perceptual skills puts many students at an immediate disadvantage the minute they walk into a school and classroom. Unfortunately, the longer they stay behind, the harder it is to get them caught up with their peers. After just a short time, they begin to believe that they just can’t learn to read, write and do math. What if you could train all your staff to recognize and intervene with students who have trouble in school due to inefficient visual skills? This two-day institute is designed exactly for that purpose.
To help you train your OT staff and education teams, popular occupational therapist, Kathy Bryte, has developed a fast-paced, hands-on train-the-trainer opportunity you won’t want to miss. This two-day institute focuses on practical, valuable visual and perceptual skills students need to greatly increase their success in school. Participants who complete these two days will learn how to strengthen students’ visual perceptual and functional vision skills and receive strategies and extensive resources to train other OTs and educators.
A Practical Two Day Train-the-Trainer Program
Send one or more occupational therapists or an OT/Educator team to this training program and they will return to your school(s) with professional development strategies and resources to support and train other occupational therapists, COTAs, special education staff, classroom teachers, intervention specialists, and education teams to integrate practical strategies to decrease visual stressors and increase learning for students with visual perceptual and functional vision challenges. Participants will learn:
- Therapeutic intervention visual strategies that work within the classroom and address the functional visual skills students need to read, write and do math
- Practical strategies to decrease the visual challenges that impede student performance
- Specific ways to integrate therapeutic movement interventions into classroom routines
- Multi-sensory learning activities to help students become more organized and independent learners – both in school and outside the school setting
- A tool kit of effective strategies addressing the changing student needs in your school(s) or district
- Current brain research that supports the most effective lighting, learning environments and intervention strategies
This Two Day Train-the-Trainer Program is Cost Effective
If you are an occupational therapist interested in providing high-quality training to other occupational therapists, COTAs, special education staff, classroom teachers, intervention specialists, and education teams in your school(s) or district, this is the perfect opportunity. Attend on your own or with a team and you will leave with an extensive resource training handbook filled with the tools needed for your own training, including a PowerPoint to adapt to fit the needs of your training sessions. The focus of the two-day institute will be on training OTs and education teams in valuable visual and perceptual skills students need to greatly increase their success in school.
Support and Train your Teachers, including:
- Practical strategies to decrease visual stressors and increase learning for students with visual perceptual and functional vision challenges
- Dozens of practical visual and kinesthetic learning strategies to help students prepare for critical learning in the classroom
- Intervention ideas you can implement with teachers to create less visually stressful learning environments
- Enhance the effectiveness of student interventions by using the principle of a “just right flow” in identifying students’ visual perceptual stressors
- Understand how to address a diverse caseload with a more global approach to the delivery of occupational therapy services within a whole classroom setting
- Simple learning strategies to help your students work smarter, not harder!
- Use visual strategies to help students identify both the “big picture” and the details when composing writing assignments
- Strategies that support your standards as students access a more challenging curriculum
- Strengthen the collaborative skills as an occupational therapist/occupational therapist assistant in your schools while developing collaborative lesson plans for OT interventions
- Create successful teams by becoming a resource to your schools
- How changes in our culture have impacted the development of functional visual skills in students and what you can do to address them
- Experience active participation learning activities to increase awareness of visual perceptual challenges and visual efficiency skills
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
As trained occupational therapists, we have so much to offer students that will significantly increase their success in school. We also know that if we could teach others what we know, more students would achieve at higher levels. But how do we find the time to put together a training program that will help other occupational therapists, support staff, classroom teachers, and entire education teams learn to use the wide range of interventions and learning activities that will accelerate the development of visual perceptual and functional visual skills within the classroom, including tactile and kinesthetic strategies and therapeutic movement interventions? Join me for an extensive two-day train-the-trainer institute that will give you a plan and strategies to train your staff in the visual tools students need to be successful in reading, writing and math.
In our two days together, we will be interacting with a variety of visually-demanding learning activities. We will be experiencing stress-reducing visual strategies to support learning with ease as we also move to decrease our own stressors when learning, across the day. The active participation activities, a hallmark of this presentation, will provide hands-on learning experiences as we interact with visual perceptual games and functional visual-skill building interventions, including the therapeutic movement interventions I have used with my students across grade levels.
My focus will be on sharing practical strategies that will work successfully in your schools. Come laugh, move and learn as I share many practical visual strategies to increase a student’s ability to learn, with less stress, to maintain attention and to get organized enough to finish tasks! This collaborative approach is best practice in the schools and we will be working together to create realistic training plans to take back to your school teams and to begin your own awareness building activities, to educate them on the importance of addressing functional visual skills of all students across all grade levels. I am passionate about building successful education teams that address the highly challenging curricular demands in our classrooms. I look forward to collaborating with you!
Kathy Bryte, M. Ed., OTR/L
P.S. As a practicing occupational therapist, I know just how valuable your time is. My focus will be on sharing practical strategies that will work in today’s schools!
Who Should Attend
Preschool-Grade 12 School-Based Occupational Therapists who train and provide staff development to OTs, COTAs, Special Education Staff, Classroom Teachers, Reading Interventionists, and Education Teams working with students in Preschool-Grade 12 Classrooms.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook designed specifically for this institute. Included in the handbook are:
- Dynamic intervention ideas for your team to implement with students, including how to use fun, interactive learning activities to address visual perceptual challenges of students
- Reproducible forms to identify practical strategies for students who can’t get started
- Whole classroom intervention strategies you can use to support a collaborative model of OT service delivery
- Hands-on, practical problem-solving tools to identify what is stopping your students from completing writing or reading assignments
- Specific observation checklists for identifying which aspects of the classroom environment may be impeding student performance
- Active participation learning activities to facilitate your understanding of functional visual skills and visual perceptual skills needed to access the challenging language arts curriculum
- Extensive list of resources for evidence-based searches, activities for students, and websites for visual perception activities, vision resources, and much more!
Meet and Share
This institute provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in developing visual skills in their students.
Kathy Bryte will be available throughout the two-day institute for consultation regarding your questions about the unique needs of your own OT program.
ASHA - CEUs
This course is offered for 1.0 ASHA CEUs per day (Intermediate level, Professional area).
Semester Credit Option
Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of a follow-up practicum project. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
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.