Trauma Sensitive School-Based Practice in Turbulent Times

Kim Barthel

Now available!

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  

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.

Using Gravity To Facilitate Sensory Motor Development in Infants and Children

Eileen Richter

Available from November 30 - December 31, 2020

CEUs: 5.25 hours

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

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

December 28, 2020

CEUs: 1 hour (.1 AOTA CEU)

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 (Bundy, 2020; Ferre, 2016). 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. Based on years of clinical experience, literature review and personal published research, the instructor will offer some unique perspectives on reflex integration and functional movement patterns, emphasizing the importance of gravity and vestibular function to normal development.


Along with other treatment strategies, gravity can be used by therapists to enhance development (Kourtidou-Papadeli, 2008), especially in the areas of sensory motor processing, antigravity Motor control 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 presentation.