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Please note: All on-demand courses are available via Integrative Education’s Thinkific platform.
On-Demand The Pervasive Impact of Breath on Function: What to Know and What to Do
Eileen Richter
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Eileen Richter & Patricia Oetter

CEUs: 3 contact hours (.3 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days after purchase

Cost: $89

Course Description

Breath has not always been a focus in pediatric treatment. New information is shedding light on how respiration impacts many aspects of development. It is therefore necessary for us to take a more in-depth and active approach to breathing function in our clients with regulatory, sensory processing and/or sensory motor dysfunction.

 

Current study of breathing restrictions be they structural, functional, or the result of trauma or allergies is identifying associations with regulatory disorders such as sleep apnea, sleep patterns, ADD, and ADHD; as well as motor skills such as feeding, posture and other skills. Observation of respiratory patterns leads to a better understanding of development and sensory motor outcomes. Identifying where 3-dimensional rib cage expansion, i.e. breath, is restricted (diaphragm, upper chest, neck, mouth, nose) provides clues to function and is a foundational focus for treatment. Rate, depth, rhythm and gradation are required for attention, self-regulation, endurance, postural control, eating, voicing for speech, and many other development achievements. 

 

This workshop will emphasize the process of respiratory development, from in utero on, as it relates to typical and atypical sensory processing, and sensory motor processing and development. We will discuss how this applies to assessment and treatment of pediatric clients with varied diagnoses. Using lectures, slides, & videos, we will explore assessment and treatment options to address various dysfunctional respiratory patterns.

On-Demand Holistic Clinical Reasoning
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Kim Barthel & Shelley Mannell

Originally Recorded on October 7th, October 21st, November 4th and November 18th, 2021

CEUs: 8 Contact Hours (.8 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days after purchase

Cost: $275

Course Description

There are so many layers that can contribute to the difficulties our children experience. Sensory processing, postural control, attachment, motor control, emotional regulation and cognition; all of these factors can play a part. When looking at the big picture, what are the clues that lead us to effective assessment and treatment?

Join Kim Barthel, OTR and Shelley Mannell, PT for a unique series of live online learning. Participants will be invited to submit a video of a client for analysis and with the ones that are selected, participants will have the opportunity to clinically reason together with the instructors. Video analysis will allow the group to collectively view (and review) the diverse needs of the children observed. What do we notice that is working for the child functionally? What points towards an area of challenge? How might clinicians know which lens to use when watching a child interact with their environment?

 

Shelley and Kim have worked and taught together for over 25 years. Their interaction around supporting children is a partnership, a working conversation that serves as a model for considering multiple factors in assessment and treatment. The highlight is their collaboration, deepening the understanding around how all these factors can come together in forming a cohesive plan for any
individual child.

Irene Ingram

Irene Ingram, OTR/L

Originally Recorded on April 16th, 2021 

CEUs: 3 Contact Hours

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $89

Course Description

This course will provide a valuable set of tools for every therapist’s toolbox to jumpstart systems and engage the child’s natural ability to organize through the vestibular system.

Natural Postural Engagement (NPE) assists the child in accessing his original system of organization.  It uses many techniques to organize the child for body awareness, sensory processing, symmetry, midline, range of motion, rhythm, core righting, use of limbs and oral motor efficiency.  It specifically treats above and below the hyoid in relationship to the integration of the sublingual floor, infra hyoid muscles, with the function of the lips, jaw, and tongue.

The NPE program rapidly changes the neurological function of the child when techniques are effectively carried out. It is excellent for home programing due to the simplicity and playful attributes.

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Kim Barthel

Originally Recorded on November 10th, 2020 

CEUs: 3 Contact Hours (.3 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $89

Course Description
With the rising demand due to COVID-19, an increase in the accessibility and quality of telehealth services has transformed our ways of connecting, learning and supporting clients. Many parents of children with special needs share that their online therapy sessions reach into their homes and translate therapeutic concepts directly into their daily lives. For many of us as therapists, this is what we have always hoped our therapy would achieve: to generalize the skills learned in therapy to support families every day. Telehealth is not intended to replace our valued hands-on, face-to-face assessments and interventions, but it can be and is becoming a valued adjunct. Because therapy in a virtual platform will be part of a hybrid strategy forevermore, now is the time to hone and optimize our online therapy skills.
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Kim Barthel

Originally Recorded on August 12, 19, 26, September 3, 2020 

CEUs: 6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $215

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.
Brain and Sensory Foundations - First Level
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Sonia Story

CEUs: 16 Contact Hours (1.6 AOTA CEUs)

Cost: $495

Please Note: Brain and Sensory Foundations - First Level is an affiliate course run by Move, Play, Thrive. Registration is an affiliate link where Integrative Education receives a small payout for each course registration. The registration link will take you to Move, Play, Thrive’s website and the course will be run through that organization.

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.

 

As a result of this class, students are prepared to recognize the presence of dysfunctional and under-developed primitive and postural reflexes. Through specific movement and reflex integration protocols, participants will be able to assist themselves and others in:

  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.

On-Demand MORE: Integrating the Mouth with Sensory and Postural Functions
Patti Oetter
Eileen Richter

Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR, FAOTA and Eileen Richter, MPH, OTR/L, FAOTA

Next available March 1st to April 30th, 2023

CEUs: 11 Contact Hours (1.1 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 45 days after purchase

Cost: $375

Course Description

While oral-motor treatment approaches for neurologically impaired children have focused on severe feeding dysfunction, recent clinical work with children who have sensory processing/developmental dysfunction has revealed a strong association between subtle oral-motor and respiratory dysfunction and many sensory integrative and sensory motor problems. 

 

A framework for understanding how and why many aspects of development are significantly influenced by oral functions will be presented. This discussion will include the relationship of the suck/swallow/breathe synchrony to behavior, learning, postural development, feeding, communication, arousal, self-regulation, psychosocial development, and even common health issues in children. The relevance of this information to treatment principles with children who have sensory processing/developmental dysfunction will then be shared using slides, case examples and participant lab activities. Documentation strategies for identifying abnormal function and demonstrating change through treatment will be provided. This information is particularly useful for occupational and physical therapists and speech pathologists working with children but may be applied across the age span.

On-Demand The Complex Intersection of ADHD, Sensory Processing, and Dysgraphia: Assessment and Intervention Strategies
Maude

Maude LeRoux, OTR/L

Next available March 1st - April 30th, 2023

CEUs: 12 Contact Hours (1.2 AOTA CEUs)

Recording available for 45 days after purchase

Cost: $395

Course Description

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a common diagnosis in pediatric practice today. Attention deficit can be a diagnosis, but it can also be a symptom of underlying neural inefficiency. As we dig deeper into sensory processing, we discover multiple facets that forms part of a developmental hierarchy that enables us to use clinical reasoning in both assessment and intervention. Dr. Russell Barkley and Dr. Edward Hallowell stress the importance of self-regulation and self-reflection as key components to consider, both of which overlaps into sensory processing practice. This 2-day workshop will showcase the use of the sensory processing lens when assessing and planning intervention for the different components of ADHD, including a deeper look at the learning disability of dysgraphia that frequently coincides with ADHD. Theory will be made practical through multiple treatment ideas and illustrated through video and observational lab experiences. Both the clinical and school therapist will feel supported by this deeper look into ADHD. 

On-Demand Reading Proficiency: Supporting Success from an OT’s Perspective
Maude

Maude LeRoux, OTR/L

Next available April 1st - May 31st, 2023

CEUs: 6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

Unlimited access for 30 days after purchase

Cost:  $195

Course Description

This course will describe the different developmental aspects of building the skills necessary for reading ability. The participant will engage in learning about reading decoding, fluency, and reading comprehension, consider current research as well as the developmental building blocks for each. It is a “must have” course for anyone interested in creating academic proficiency in children considering school as an occupational function. The information provided will allow the therapist to plan effective intervention to bridge a students’ developmental profile in support of reaching reading proficiency as a goal. The need for a team approach will be emphasized as therapists also expand their vision of possibility in creating change that lasts.

On-Demand Using Gravity To Facilitate Sensory Motor Development in Infants and Children
Eileen Richter

Eileen Richter

Available May 1st through June 30th, 2023

CEUs: 5.25 Contact Hours

Recording available for 30 days following your purchase

Cost: $180

Course Description

Gravity influences infant development in many ways, from triggering vestibular processing to developing and strengthening muscles that enable humans to gain and maintain upright posture. This course will evaluate a number of factors impacting antigravity development that affect performance in sensory processing and modulation, sensory motor functioning and psychosocial behavior throughout the age span. Obstacles to typical development and indicators of delays and/or atypical function in the particular areas of core strength, proximal stability and motor coordination essential for life skills will be discussed.

 

Along with other treatment strategies, gravity can be used by therapists to enhance development, 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 demonstrated via participant labs and video examples.

On-Demand Avanti Pre-Camp Conference 2022, From Safety to Mastery: Variables of Successful Intervention
Irene Ingram
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Irene Ingram, OTR/L & Patricia Oetter, MS, OTR, FAOTA, Moderated by Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR

Available March 1st - May 31st, 2023

Originally recorded on June 25, 2022

30 days of unlimited viewing after purchase

6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

Cost: $195 

Course Description

Join this virtual day-long workshop for an inspiring and collaborative discussion with Irene Ingram and Patricia Oetter.  Together with participants, this interactive conversation will bring to life the therapeutic elements of successful intervention. No matter the context, whether the setting is at a camp, clinic, school, home or within the community, intentional interventions can be identified for each child. Moderated by Kim Barthel, these 6 hours of learning will involve short presentations, panel-guided discussions, videotape analysis, break-out rooms, and engagement with participants.

On-Demand Avanti Pre-Camp Conference 2021: The Spirit of Engagement
Irene Ingram
Patti Oetter
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Irene Ingram, OTR/L & Patricia Oetter, MS, OTR, FAOTA, and Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR

Available March 1st - May 31st, 2023

Originally recorded on June 17, 2021

30 days of unlimited viewing after purchase

6.25 Contact Hours (.625 AOTA CEUs)

Cost: $195 

Course Description

The day’s program will focus on empowering and equipping therapists with reflection, healing, enlightening, knowledge, and creativity as all 3 speakers provide their expertise and gifting engagement. Breakout rooms will be embedded into the course to allow for small group reflections along with a panel discussion of experienced occupational therapy practitioners to contribute to the discussion of each topic presented.


Equipping as a Healing Practitioner: Irene Ingram
Practitioners evolve with repertoires of skills that lead them to their individual gifting. Setting goals for oneself such as “I want to be able to engage in amazing ways”, is the necessary catalyst for acquisition of greater gifting in an area. Understanding the relationship of self with the spirit of healing, the power of imagination and vision, and limiting or empowering beliefs will be explored during this portion of the course.


Relationship as a Healing Force: Kim Barthel
Present and connected relationships are a powerful healing force. They are an intrinsic modulator, a co-regulator of arousal states, and a motivator for all kinds of positive change. With secure relationship at the core of any intervention or frame of reference, there is much reason for hope. It is my belief that therapeutic relationship skills can be cultivated; they can be taught, and they can be learned. What is attunement? How do we learn to connect to ourselves so we can better connect with others? How do we harness the advantages of understanding non-verbal communication? These are some of the questions that will be explored during this portion of the course are intended to deepen our compassionate self-inquiry – towards supporting our relationships whether they are in clinical settings or far beyond.

 

Developmental Expression of Engagement: Patricia Oetter
This last section of our conference will focus on the development of connection and engagement from womb to school age. It will be done in the context of my Extended Matrix Model which was somewhat based on the work of Joseph Chilton Pearce. His work considered social emotional development in the developmental stages of Womb, Mother, Kid Power and Brain Power. The Extended Matrix Model Considers these stages from the perspectives of Task, Environment, and Interaction. It will also integrate
the interdependent concepts of co-regulation and regulatory functions with the development of engagement and connection skills.

On-Demand Effective Sensory Diets - Evidence Informed and Practically Impactful Ways of Supporting Sensory-based Regulatory Challenges
Tracy

Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L

Location: online learning available via Integrative Education's Thinkific platform

Next Available Aug 1st, 2023 - Aug 31st, 2023

Originally recorded on February 26th, 2022

CEUs: 6 Contact Hours (.6 AOTA CEUs)

Cost: $215

Course Description

A sensory diet is an occupational therapy intervention that offers an opportunity to support sensory modulation-based needs that impact general regulation on a daily basis.  The Sensory Diet is a term that has become commonly used in pediatric occupational therapy, though the intention and integrity of the concept is often poorly understood.

As originally described by Patricia Wilbarger, in the early 1970's, the sensory diet was designated for the treatment of sensory defensiveness.  With advances in understanding of sensory modulation difficulties, the sensory diet concept has emerged as a powerful strategy to address not just sensory defensiveness, but other sensory modulation difficulties including arousal regulation, emotional regulation, attention systems disruption, as well as to support socially mediated engagement.  When provided correctly, the sensory diet approach offers a comprehensive method that includes: 1) education and awareness, 2) an individualized, targeted sensory diet plan that is professionally guided and monitored, and 3) specialized, professional treatment techniques targeted at key issues of concern. 

 

In this course, you will learn how to establish power, precision and proper timing in the sensory diet targeted to desired outcomes. The evidence-base supporting the use of a sensory diet approach will be reviewed. Hands-on practice will encourage participants to understand the nuance of application.

 

Implementation of a sensory diet involves parents and other adults, so coaching them to effectively implement the sensory diet is included in the course, as is monitoring the effectiveness of the program. Case examples from children with neurodevelopmental needs will illustrate the power of matching the sensory diet to a child’s specific needs.  Finally, the sensory diet concept will be contrasted with a sensory based approach, including the "sensory lifestyle”, sensory breaks, and sensory supports, accommodations, & modifications.

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