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Brain and Sensory Foundations - First Level
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Sonia Story

Organization: Move, Play, Thrive

CEUs: 16 contact hours (1.6 AOTA CEUs)

Course Level 
OT, PT, SLP, vision therapists, educators, social workers, mental health professionals and interested others
Course Description

The Online Brain and Sensory Foundations course offers multimedia instruction for assessing and remediating innate  developmental, rhythmic, and primitive and postural reflex movements that are retained or underdeveloped. Innate and integrative movements are combined to promote brain and sensory-motor function and the foundation for improved learning, speech, emotional-social skills, and physical balance, strength, stamina and coordination for all ages.

  1. Integrating reflex patterns.

  2. Releasing stress and anxiety.

  3. Building neuro-sensory-motor foundational skills that lead to improved physical, emotional and cognitive functioning.

  4. Attaining meaningful goals with greater ease.

  5. Using reflex integration protocols and rhythmic movements to decrease muscle tension and pain.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Execute a two-minute Brain Tune up protocol for stress release and improved learning.

  2. Identify 5 principles important in applying innate rhythmic developmental movements for maturing brain and sensory-motor systems.

  3. Identify at least 3 research studies showing associations of retained infant reflexes with developmental delays, learning challenges or behavioral challenges.

  4. Identify the stimulus and movement pattern for each of 11 key primitive and postural reflexes: Tonic Labyrinthine Reflex, Asymmetric Tonic Neck Reflex, Symmetric Tonic Neck Reflex, Hands and Feet Reflexes (two each), Fear Paralysis Reflex, Moro Reflex, Spinal Galant Reflex, Head Righting Reflex.

  5. Apply movement protocols for integration of 11 key primitive and postural reflexes, thereby maturing the neuro-sensory-motor foundations for skill building.

  6. Plan a “5-Step Balance” process to help with releasing stress and attaining goals.

  7. Facilitate a “5-Step Balance” process to help with releasing stress and attaining goals.


There are 8 sessions of online video-based trainings (approximately 95-120 minutes each) 


Click here for the Course Syllabus which outlines the length of each session, information covered, and reading & assignments for each session.

Instructional Methods

The speaker will be using a lecture with slides, video demonstrations, training manual, independent experiential lab practice, case studies, and questions and answers.

Course Requirements

  1. Attend or view all sessions for the full duration of the training.

  2. Complete a multiple-choice exam with a score of 75% or higher.

  3. Actively participate in learning the movements experientially and record the experience in brief journal entries to be submitted in Word format to Sonia Story via email at Journal entries are evaluated by Instructor and feedback is sent to Learner as confirmation of satisfactory completion.

  4. Show competency in practical application through written case studies to be submitted in Word format to Sonia Story via email at Case studies are evaluated by the Instructor, and feedback is sent to Learner as confirmation of satisfactory completion. Learner agrees that case studies will not include any information that identifies an individual. In addition, case studies may be shared in part of whole by Sonia Story or agents of Move Play Thrive, unless otherwise instructed by author of case study. To see instructions for Journals and Case Studies, click here.

  5. Complete an online end-of-course evaluation survey.

  6. Students are also expected to read all course handouts in addition to course manual


IMPORTANT: Please allow 3 to 9 weeks after submitting assignments to receive feedback from instructor about your course assignments. If you require your certificate by a certain date, let instructor know this when you submit the assignment and give at least 4 weeks lead time. Less than 4 weeks lead time may require a fee of $35 USD to expedite your feedback and certificate.

Continuing Education

Continuing Education hours are awarded by Move, Play, Thrive if course requirements are met. 16 Contact hours of online course programming and includes approximately 3 hours for home practice and assignment are available. 


1.6 AOTA CEUs for OTs and OTAs are available. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification of other professional recognition.

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