Lunch & Learn Series

The new Lunch & Lunch series is a 1-hour live webinar over the lunch hour from 11:30 pm - 12:30 pm CT. 

Lunch & Learns set the foundation for further learning and exploration, allowing therapists to be introduced to new areas of practice or expand their knowledge by understanding the latest research and recommendations related to topics. 

Recordings of the webinars will be available for view for 2 weeks following the release of the recording; generally the recording is released within one week of the event.

Live Webinars
Beyond the Seen and Behind the Scenes of Behaviors: Understanding the Needs of Neurodivergents An Interview with an Autistic OT

Kim Clairy and Dr. Kelly Mahler, Lunch & Learn

September 15th, 2021 11:30 am - 12:30 pm CT

CEUs: 1 contact hour

Recording access approximately 1 week after the event, viewing available for 2 weeks after release

Cost: $30

Course Description

All too often, the needs of neurodivergents are significantly misunderstood resulting in areas that either go un-addressed or sometimes even worse are addressed from the wrong perspective (e.g., a behavioral approach). As an autistic OT, Kim will provide a fresh view on a few of these common areas including sensory experiences, self-understanding, communication and social participation. Expand the way you understand the challenges your clients may have in one or more of these areas; this knowledge in turn will empower you to provide more meaningful and targeted supports (and dare we say—serve as the most effective, kindest ‘behavior support’ available).

On-Demand Recorded Reply

Michelle Emanuel, Rhoda Erhardt, & Kim Barthel

CEUs: 3 contact hours (.3 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $75 USD

Course Description

The Lunch & Learn series presented in November 2020, December 2020 and January 2020 are bundled together for a unique 3-hour on-demand learning opportunity.  In this course, there are three modules of these topics:

  • Michelle Emanuel, Polyvagal PopUp: The Neuroscience of State Behavioral Organization, held as a live webinar on November 6, 2020.

  • Rhoda Erhardt, Visual-Perceptual-Motor Interventions for Developmental Coordination Disorders, held as a live webinar on December 2, 2020.

  • Kim Barthel, Sleep as a Contribution of Regulation, held as a live webinar on January 7, 2021.

Each module includes the recording, course handouts, references and chat transcript from the live events. 

On-Demand PolyVagal PopUp: The Neuroscience of State Behavioral Organization

Michelle Emanuel

CEUs: 1 contact hour (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $30 USD

Course Description

This course covers the essentials of autonomic nervous system function as seen through the lens of the Polyvagal Theory.    Understanding the neuroscience behind dysregulation and regulation provides a strong foundation for therapists to provide helpful interventions which optimize regulation and resiliency.  State behavioral organization is the key to safe and meaningful negotiation through the sensorimotor territory of human development in the pre-crawling period.

On-Demand Visual-Perceptual-Motor Interventions for Developmental Coordination Disorders

Rhoda Erhardt

CEUs: 1 contact hour (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $30 USD

Course Description

This course will focus on practical approaches for providing services to children with Developmental Coordination Disorder, which is recognized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - Fifth edition (DSM-5). Theoretical foundations for impairments in skilled motor movements that are linked to implications for occupational performance will be explored. Participants will walk away with examples of intervention strategies including principles for individualizing therapeutic activities.

On-Demand Sleep as a Contribution to Regulation

Kim Barthel

CEUs: 1 contact hour (.1 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $30 USD

Course Description

Virtually every neurological and mental health issue manifests in sleep-wake dysregulation (Garcia-Rill, 2019). Therapists who evaluate, support and enhance function are constantly questioned by their clients “How do I help myself or my child sleep better?” This lunch and learn session will focus upon the science of sleep and its impact upon regulation.