2022 Integrative Education Symposium

Empowering and Connecting Pediatric Professionals
24-26 February 2022
Sheila Frick

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

February 24, 2022, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CST

Cost: Early Bird registration by January 15, 2022, $195 plus $25 lab fee = $220; Standard registration January 16th onward, $215 plus $25 lab fee = $240

CEUs: 6 Contact Hours

Course Level: Introductory
Audience: OT, PT, SLP, educators, mental health professionals, and interested others
Course Description

As therapists, we often encounter individuals who are unable to effectively modulate and integrate sensation for the purpose of achieving, maintaining, and shifting arousal states within a range that best supports daily function and participation. Join occupational therapists, Sheila Frick and Tracy Bjorling, as they introduce the neurobiological underpinnings for arousal regulation from an embodied sensory motor perspective in this one-day, interactive course. 

Designing an effective self-regulation sensorimotor treatment protocol begins with a thorough understanding of the theoretical foundations and unique contributions of key sensory systems, from interoception to exteroception, for arousal regulation from an embodied, bottom-up perspective. Participants will gain a unique perspective on treatment techniques designed to increase interoceptive awareness, maximize primary movement patterns, and enhance “kid power” through organized movement to support individuals to find a broader adaptable range of arousal and affect. From this sensorimotor base, we will also discuss a variety of top-down strategies which facilitate cognitive awareness of state and bring increased knowing for when and what bottom-up strategy is effective when a mismatch exists between arousal and performance. 


Additionally, this course will outline how to design and clinically reason an effective arousal regulation activity regimen from assessment and identification of functional goals to individualized intervention planning. Participants will learn therapeutic guidelines and a variety of sound, movement, and other sensory-based strategies that can be implemented across environments, including home, classroom, and individualized pull-out therapy sessions. These strategies are appropriate for a variety of ages and diagnoses to support clients to achieve, maintain, and broaden their optimal range of arousal. 


Course Objectives:

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the relationship between key sensory systems (vestibular, somatosensory, and auditory) and their impact on arousal and self-regulation.

  2. Identify how to connect client assessment and functional goals to arousal regulation interventions.

  3. Recognize 3 treatment strategies aimed at facilitating respiratory patterns that support arousal regulation

  4. Demonstrate 3 sensorimotor treatment activities designed to shift and broaden a client’s state of arousal for participation in daily activities. 


8:30 - 10:00 am: Overview of Arousal and Self-regulation from a Sensory Processing and Sensory Integrative Perspective


10:00 - 10:30 am: Morning Break 


10:30 - 11:00 am: Overview of Arousal and Self-Regulation Cont.


11:00 - 12:00 pm: Embodied Self-Regulation: Key Sensory Systems and their Unique Contributions 


12:00 - 1:00 pm:  Lunch 


1:00 - 1:45 pm: Breath: A Primary Path to Arousal 


1:45 - 2:30 pm: From Assessment to Establishing Functional Goals


2:30 - 3:00 pm: Afternoon Break 


3:00 - 4:30 pm: Implementing Sensory Based Treatment Strategies: Lab & Problem Solving  


Some of the music selections (Quickshifts) that are used in the course are developed & sold only by Vital Sounds, Inc. This presentation will focus exclusively on Quickshifts & will not include detailed information on other binaural beat technology. Vital Sounds is a sister company of Vital links.

Lab Materials:

The Therapy Ball Duo is required for the course with an additional lab fee of $25.00. The duo includes, one (1) Gertie Ball, and one (1) Power Up Ball and will be supplied available on the day of the course.


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

Course Requirements

Within one week of the course, the participant will be emailed a certificate of attendance following confirmation of attendance and completion of the self-evaluation.

Continuing Education

6 Contact Hours awarded if course requirements are met. Integrative Education is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Each course must be approved by AOTA, and we are in the process of gaining AOTA approved credits for this course. For additional continuing education information for PT, SLP, and social work, click here​ to access our CEU policy information.

Tracy Bjorling
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