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2023 Integrative Education Symposium

Empowering and Connecting Pediatric Professionals
26 February 2023
Course J: PowerUp for Participation: Ready, Steady, Go! 
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Tracy Bjorling

Sheila Frick, OTR/L and Tracy Bjorling, MA, OTR/L

February 26, 2023, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm CST
Cost: $230

Location: In-person learning at the Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Pkwy, Eagan, MN 55121
CEUs: 6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)
*Lab Materials: Therapy Ball Trio includes, one (1) Gertie Ball, one (1) Power Up Ball and one (1) Pinky Ball - $27

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

Increased participation and meaningful engagement in daily life are vital treatment outcomes within occupational therapy and allied health professions. However, from a body-based, sensory integrative approach, prior to participation it is essential to organize the body for engagement. 

This activities-based course will introduce participants to the clinical reasoning template of “Ready, Steady, Go” which blends theory, assessment, and treatment activities into one approach. Ready, Steady, Go serves as a guiding template to structure treatment from the basis of organizing one’s physiology and movement within time and space as a precursor to participation. Lecture content will convey the importance of state regulation, breath and postural tone; establishing routines and structure; working from the ground up to establish stable and dynamic postures; the organization of the eyes and ears in relationship to the body; and developing coordinated movement within three-dimensional space as key foundations for participation. Theoretical lectures will be supplemented by video examples and interactive treatment labs where participants will be introduced to assessment and treatment activities that correspond with each of the three components of the approach. This course will be appropriate for occupational therapists and other health professionals working in private practice, school, or home environments as discussions will include how to adapt principles for individuals or groups/classrooms.


Course Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  1. Identify when an individual is not in a state of readiness to participate in the activity at hand.

  2. Select at least three treatment activities appropriate to support steadiness (postural stability and maintain an optimal range of arousal).

  3. Recognize how “Ready”, “Steady”, and “Go” activities may shift depending upon the individual in the moment and intended functional participation outcome. 

  4. Discuss and adapt “Ready, Steady, Go” principles to suit the needs of a classroom or individual family.


7:00 - 8:00 am: Check-in, breakfast provided, find your seat

8:00 - 8:05 am: Welcome, announcements, and speaker introductions

8:05 - 8:45 am: Introduction and Overview of “Ready, Steady, Go” Principles

8:45 - 9:30 am: Understanding Readiness: State regulation as a critical first step 

9:30 - 10:00 am: Morning Break

10:00 - 10:45 am: Understanding Readiness Cont. – Lecture and Lab

10:45 - 11:15 am: Identifying and Defining Movement, Postural Tone, and Postural Control and Their Relationship to Steadiness

11:15 - 12:15 pm: Lunch Break

12:15 - 1:15 pm: Identifying and Defining Movement, Postural Tone, and Postural Control and Their Relationship to Steadiness – Lecture and Lab Continued

1:15 - 2:00 pm: Facilitating and Supporting Go: Organizing ready and steady in three-dimensional space and within interactional synchrony

2:00 - 2:30 pm: Afternoon Break

2:30 - 3:15 pm: Facilitating and Supporting Go Continued – Lecture and Lab

3:15 - 4:00 pm: Practical Aspects for Adapting Principles for Families and Classrooms

Instructional Methods

The speakers will be using a lecture with slides, experiential labs, large group discussion, videos and time allotted for question & answer.


Lab Materials

The Therapy Ball Trio is required for the course with an additional lab fee of $27.00.  The trio includes, one (1) Gertie Ball, one (1) Power Up Ball and one (1) Pinky Ball.  If you already have these materials from previous course attendance, please bring them to the course.  If you do not have these materials, please purchase them at registration and they will be available on the day of the course.

Participants should also bring a yoga mat or towel to the course.

Course Requirements

In order to qualify for AOTA CEUs, you must attend at least 3 hours of the course (for partial credit), meet at least 2 of the objectives for the course and sign in and out on the sheets provided documenting your attendance at the course. After completing a self-evaluation, you will be emailed a course certificate within one week of the event.

Continuing Education

6 Contact Hours awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider, number 11607. This live course is offered at .6 AOTA CEUs for intermediate level, in the areas of occupational therapy service delivery and foundational knowledge. Course approval number: 06072. 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 policies.

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