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Upcoming Events

Integrative Education offers a variety of learning opportunities:

Kim Barthel, On-Demand

CEUs: 6 contact hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $215 USD for the 4-part series*, $55 USD for individual sessions

*Group discount for $10 off for groups of 5 or more on 4-part series

Email at Education@integrativeot.org for a coupon code

Course Description

The situation we are experiencing with COVID-19 is considered a collective trauma. Within this collective experience, emotional and behavioral responses are as varied as the number of humans on the planet. It is affecting us all, how we manage our own feelings and how we relate to one another. Adding to the ongoing uncertainty of issues related to the pandemic is a heightened awareness of racial injustice, political division and for many of us, an uncertain future. This unique series of four live webinars will address the dynamics of heightened emotion, allowing teachers and school-based practitioners to explore trauma-sensitive practice in real-time - bringing the theory into action. Appreciating the potential impacts of both early developmental trauma and current unpredictable events upon teaching and learning offers practitioners deeper insight and compassionate curiosity about how to support our students returning to school in the fall.

Eileen Richter & Patricia Oetter, Live Zoom Webinar

September 29, 2020, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm CST

CEUs: 3 Contact Hours (.3 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available 2 weeks following the webinar

Cost: $90* USD

*Group discount for $5 off for groups of 5 or more  

Email at Education@integrativeot.org for a coupon code

Course Description

Current study of breathing restrictions, be they structural, functional or the result of trauma or allergies, is identifying associations with regulatory disorders such as sleep apnea, sleep patterns, ADD, and ADHD; as well as motor skills such as feeding, posture and other skills. Observation of respiratory patterns leads to a better understanding of development and sensory motor outcomes. When breathing function is unrestricted air expands the rib cage 3-dimentionally. Identifying where breath is restricted (belly, diaphragm, upper chest, neck, mouth, nose) provides clues to function and is a foundational focus for treatment. Rate, depth, rhythm and gradation are required for attention, self-regulation, endurance, postural control, eating, voicing for speech, and many other development achievements.

 

This workshop will emphasize the process of respiratory development, from in utero on, as it relates to typical and atypical sensory processing, and sensory motor processing and development. We will discuss how this applies to assessment and treatment of pediatric clients with varied diagnoses. Using lectures, slides, videos, we will explore assessment and treatment options to address various dysfunctional respiratory patterns.

Sheila Frick, Live Zoom Webinar

October 20, 2020, 9 am - 12 pm CST

CEUs: 3 hours (.3 AOTA CEUs)

Cost: $90* USD

Group discount for $5 off for groups of 5 or more  

Email at Education@integrativeot.org for a coupon code 

Course Description

The inner ear plays a critical role in forming the “felt sense” of ourselves relative to the world around us, which is a necessary foundation for emotional regulation, praxis, and higher level cognitive skills. This felt sense and its associated perceptions helps us to develop a working map of our bodies and our physical environment, as well as a foundation for connection. Furthermore, the development of the vestibular-postural-ocular connections support both stable and dynamic positioning of our body relative to the salient events around us.

Starting from the sensory and neurophysiological roots, we will explore the vestibular and auditory portions of the inner ear and their relationship to our innate drive to adapt and gain mastery over our environment. Beyond the role of the inner ear in the development of our physical mastery over our body in space, this course will discuss the relationship of vestibular and auditory sensory processing to our innate drive to connect with another. Ultimately, at the highest level, our innate inner drive contributes to the development of the sensory motor foundation for social engagement, play, and learning.

Eileen Richter, On-Demand

Available from November 16 - December 13, 2020

CEUs: 5.25 hours

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Optional: Live Interactive Community of Practice, 1-hour sessions

December 2nd, 2020 & December 16, 2020, 7 pm - 8 pm CST

CEUs: 2 hours (.2 AOTA CEUs)

Cost: $180* USD

Group discount for $10 off for groups of 5 or more  

Email at Education@integrativeot.org for a coupon code

Course Description

Gravity influences infant development in many ways, from triggering vestibular processing to developing and strengthening muscles. Due to a number of factors, including improper positioning, lack of typical sensory motor opportunities, other environmental factors, and/or diagnoses of failure to thrive, autism, sensory processing disorders, etc., many of today's children are delayed in their sensory motor development when compared with past generations. These delays are particularly apparent in lack of core strength, proximal stability, and upper extremity coordination.

Along with other treatment strategies, gravity can be used by therapists to enhance development, especially in the areas of sensory motor processing, reflex integration and motor coordination. A variety of intervention strategies that engage vestibular mechanisms and take advantage of gravitational influences, including some innovative equipment, will be discussed and demonstrated via labs and video of children.

Save the Date!  February 26 - 27, 2021

Speakers & courses to be announced soon!

Annual multi-disciplinary conference offering 1 and 2-day full day courses

CEUs available: 6 hours - 12 hours