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2023 Integrative Education Symposium

Empowering and Connecting Pediatric Professionals
Virtual - 23 February 2023
Course A: Polyvagal Theory and Sensory Processing: Bridging Theory and Practice 
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Kelly Beins, OTR/L
February 23, 2023, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm CST
Cost: $215

Location: Live webinar on Zoom, login information will be emailed within one week of the event to paid participants
CEUs: 6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)
Recording available approximately 1 week after the live event for 30 days of viewing

Course Preview
Check out this short video introduction to the course
Course Level: Intermediate
Audience: OTs, PTs, SLPs, mental health professionals, and interested others
Course Description

This workshop provides clinicians with a grounding in Polyvagal Theory and revisits key concepts of OT-SI intervention in order to explore key points of alignment and distinction between these two frameworks. Through content, case study, and small group discussion(s) participants will explore and practice applying polyvagal theory to the therapeutic process for existing clients. Special topics to be explored include re-thinking adaptive responses, task analysis, modulation challenges, addressing big behaviors and providing parent education and home programs in an EASIER way. All participants are asked to arrive with an existing case they can use throughout the course. The goal of this workshop is to help therapists use Polyvagal Theory to refine their clinical reasoning and clinical skills for use with children who have sensory processing challenges. 

Course Objectives:

The course participant will be able to:

  1. Describe Polyvagal Theory and explain its importance to working with people who have sensory processing challenges.

  2. Apply current evidence to clinical reasoning and your therapeutic process with clients.

  3. Explain three ways polyvagal theory may be applied during OT-SI intervention to support better outcomes with clients.


7:45 - 8:00 am CST: Zoom Room Opens

8:00 - 8:05 am CST: Welcome, announcements, and speaker introduction

8:05 - 8:30 am CST: Introduction and Connection

8:30 - 9:30 am CST: It's time to Refine

  • Context for Understanding the importance of an Integrative Practice Model

  • Foundations of Refinement

  • A Polyvagal Primer 

  • SI-OT Fidelity

  • Neurobiology

9:30 - 9:45 am CST: Morning Break

9:45 - 11:15 am CST:  Re-thinking & Refining Assessment

11:15 - 12:15 pm CST: Lunch Break

12:15 - 1:45 pm CST: Re-thinking & Refining Intervention

1:45 - 2:00 pm CST: Afternoon Break

2:00 - 2:30 pm CST: Breakout Activity

2:30 - 3:15 pm CST: Working with Families

  • Home Programs 

  • Parent Education an EASIER Way

  • Managing Big Behaviors

3:15 - 3:30 pm CST: Wrap-up & Closing Comments/Q&A

Instructional Methods

The speaker will be using a lecture with slides, large group discussion, case studies, and time allotted for question & answer.

Course Requirements

Live Webinar: Full attendance is required for course certificates to be issued for live webinar attendance; if you miss a portion of the course, you may watch the recording and follow the below course requirements. After completing a self-evaluation, you will be emailed a course certificate within one week of the event.

On-Demand: Following completion of the entire course including a passing score of 80% on the post-course quiz, the participant will be issued a course completion certificate.

Continuing Education

6 Contact Hours awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider, number 11607. This distance learning-interactive, distance learning - independent self-study course is offered at .6 AOTA CEUs for intermediate level, in the areas of occupational therapy service delivery and foundational knowledge. Course approval number: 06075. 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. For additional continuing education information for PT, and SLP, click here​ to access our CEU policy information.

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