From Sensation to Function: A Sensorimotor Affective Treatment Perspective

DESCRIPTION

Join Sheila Frick for this practical two-day, activity-oriented workshop that provides a theoretical overview of sensorimotor integration and its’ impact on postural organization, and the underpinnings of visual and auditory attention. Additionally, participants will explore each of the sensory systems and their impact on arousal, affect regulation, organization of functional movement patterns that support attention and learning. An experiential learning lab will introduce a specific clinical observation tool that will more precisely guide treatment planning. Participants will leave with an understanding of treatment principles and practical activity suggestions that can be tailored to each individual and are appropriate for a variety of environments. Come dressed to move, explore, and learn.

SPEAKERS

Sheila M. Frick, OTR

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Sheila Frick, OTR/L is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and founder of Vital Links. Since 1980, Sheila taught internationally clinician, lecturer, and pioneer in Occupational Therapy. Sheila has well over 30 years of clinical experience, having worked in psychiatry, rehabilitation, and home health before specializing in pediatrics. Sheila expertise includes sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration, and auditory interventions.

Sheila has explored the links between Sensory Integration and developmental movement patterns through many avenues including the teaching of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at Body Mind Centering, Marcia Monroe and Donna Farhi on developmental yoga training, and Peggy Hackney on Bartenieff Fundamentals.In addition, Sheila has collaborated with well-recognized leaders in the field of Sensory Integration including Mary Kawar, Patricia Wilbarger, Julia Wilbarger, Patricia Oetter, Eileen Richter, and Mary Fiorentino.

Sheila created and continues to expand Therapeutic Listening®, which has been taught to over 14,000 therapists worldwide. She also lectures on topics such as clinical neurology, respiration, the vestibular/auditory system, and various auditory interventions.

Sheila is the author of Listening with the Whole Body: Clinical Concepts and Treatment Guidelines for Therapeutic Listening, and co-author of Core Concepts in Action; Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol; and Out of the Mouths of Babes. Recently, Sheila served as a contributing author for her section on Therapeutic Listening in the upcoming 3rd edition of Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice.

Sheila’s interest in further exploration of the impact of traumatic experiences on sensory processing and overall participation in daily life led her to training and later teaching with the TRE® organization. Her recent work in TRE® has influenced Sheila’s interest in expanding techniques and activities appropriate for children and young adults aimed at reducing stress, tension, and anxiety through movement and auditory based tools (Quickshifts).

Sheila continues to lecture on clinical, practically oriented, treatment focused workshops worldwide along with seeing clients in her private practice in Madison, Wisconsin.

OBJECTIVES

Upon course completion, participants will be able to:

  1. Administer the Clinical Observations and Quality of Movement Assessment
  2. Implement several strategies that address vestibular-postural-ocular organization
  3. Select three sound tools that support regulation, movement organization, and attention
  4. Identify the five characteristics of a well-regulated state

VIDEO

DATE

February 4th and 5th 2019 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days. Registration begins at 8:00 am on Day 1.

LOCATION

Centre St-Pierre, 1212 Rue Panet, Montréal, QC H2L 2Y7

RATES

Early bird rate postmarked BEFORE January 11th 2019 is $675.00 Add $50.00 if registering after January 11th 2019. The rate includes a Therapy Ball Trio (Gertie Ball, Power Up Ball, Pinky Ball). Full payment must be made upon registration, no postdated checks accepted. Coffee/tea at registration and healthy snacks at break included. Lunch is not provided. Handouts included. Receipts will be issued at conference.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations must be in writing and received prior to January 21st 2019. A $50.00 administration fee will be charged. No refunds after this date. A $50.00 fee will be charged to transfer the registration to someone else. Choose to Learn reserves the right to cancel the conference and will refund registration fees, not travel expenses.

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SPEAKER: Deanna Wanzek, PT, CKI, CLT

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SPEAKERS:Dr. Kay A. Toomey, PhD and Amanda Lester, MS CCC-SLP

2011 Sensory Processing Disorder: Recent FindingsREAD MORE

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The comprehensive, 2-day seminar focuses on Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), a problem that effects at least 16% of children. Often SPD is misdiagnosed as ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, or Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Even more common, SPD is not diagnosed as a disorder at all…instead the child’s issues are attributed to “bad behavior”, “poor motivation”, or “social-emotional problems.” This workshop will review screening and assessment of SPD as well as intervention for the six subtypes of SPD. The presentation will include videotaped examples of direct treatment as well as treatment in a classroom setting. A method for evaluating Response to Intervention will be explored. The presentation will show evidence-based research that can be applied to functional goals. Methods of staying updated on the latest research news will be discussed. There will be a brief review of published peer-review studies by the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation.

SPEAKER: Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OT in Colorado

2012The DIR® Approach to Pediatric FeedingREAD MORE

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SPEAKERS : Diane Cullinane, MD; Julie Miller, MOT, OTR/L, SWC; Patricia Novak, MPH, RD, CLE

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SPEAKER: Diana Henry, OT in Arizona

2013Goal Attainment Scaling as a Meaningful Outcome Measure for Therapy Services: A Training ProgramREAD MORE

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The SOS Approach to Feeding is a Transdisciplinary Program for assessing and treating children with feeding and weight/growth difficulties. It has been developed over the course of 15 years through the clinical work of Dr. Kay Toomey, in conjunction with colleagues from several different disciplines including: Pediatricians, Occupational Therapists, Registered Dieticians, and Speech Pathologists/Therapists. This program integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral/learning, medical and nutritional factors and approaches in order to comprehensively evaluate and manage children with feeding/growth problems. It is based on, and grounded philosophically in, the “normal” developmental steps, stages and skills of feeding found in typically developing children. The treatment component of the program utilizes these typical developmental steps towards feeding to create a systematic desensitization hierarchy of skills/behaviors necessary for children to progress with eating various textures, and with growing at an appropriate rate for them. The assessment component of the program makes sure that all physical reasons for atypical feeding development are examined and appropriately treated medically. In addition, the SOS Approach works to identify any nutritional deficits and to develop recommendations as appropriate to each individual child’s growth parameters and needs. Skills across all developmental areas are also assessed with regards to feeding, as well as an examination of learning capabilities with regards to using the SOS program.

SPEAKERS: Dr. Kay A. Toomey, Ph.D.; Dr. Erin Ross, SLP in Colorado; Bethany Kortsha, OT in Colorado

2014Socio-sexual education adapted to individuals with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum DisorderREAD MORE

CONFERENCE GIVEN IN FRENCH BY BILINGUAL SPEAKER.

Recent years have allowed the development of interventions related to ASD and Asperger syndrome interventions. Topics such as interpersonal relationships, sexuality and socialization of individuals with Asperger’s syndrome are among those receiving more and more attention from families, relatives and stakeholders working with this population.

The objective of this workshop is to clearly identify the factors related to the development and repertoire of sexual behaviors. This socio-sexual education program addresses intimacy, emotions, relationships, physiology, prevention of sexual abuse and theory of mind.

The implementation of this program is noted to improve social contacts and decrease inappropriate behavior. This educational approach allows individuals to gain some independence while demonstrating behaviors appropriate to an adequate level of social functioning. Emotional and marital relationships will also be discussed.

2015Eyesight to Insight: Visual/Vestibular Assessment and TreatmentREAD MORE

This 2-day workshop provides a practical opportunity for participants to interact with a sensory integrative occupational therapist and a developmental optometrist as they collaborate on the goal of facilitating optimum performance in children with movement and vision issues. Speakers will reveal and clarify some of the mysteries of previously ambiguous performance issues in childhood. Participants will develop a broader net for capturing the subtleties of visual-vestibular behavior by gaining insight into underlying causes.

Hands-on experience will provide ample opportunity for participants to learn how to administer a vision screening examination. Comprehensive treatment protocols, including the Astronaut Protocol, will be shared so that therapists are exposed to a broad range of practical, innovative, sequential, vestibular-visual activities and exercises for use with their clients.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This conference is intended for occupational therapists, optometrists, physiotherapists, physicians, and other professionals with a special interest in children with ocular motor control, visual integration, vestibular, and/or postural difficulties. It will provide insight into how occupational therapists and optometrists collaborate to more efficiently and comprehensively resolve vestibular/visual issues.

CONTENT

DAY 1

  • 8:00 – 8:30   Registration
  • 8:30 – 9:00   Introduction
    Difference between eyesight and vision
  • 9:00 –10:00   Vestibular system supports for movement and function
  • 10:00 –10:30 Break
  • 10:30 –12:00 Posture and movement development and support for vision
    Neuro-anatomy of the vestibular system
    Vestibular activation
    Referral criteria
  • 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00 – 2:30   Vision and Vestibular Labs
    Vestibular assessment and treatment strategies Astronaut Training, Infinity Walk, and The Flow.
    Use and application of Prism Lenses and   The Vision Tracking Tube
  • 2:30 – 3:00   Break
  • 3:00 – 4:30   Terms used in visual testing
    Analysis/treatment—case presentations
  • 4:30 – 5:00   Visual physiology and neurology

DAY 2

  • 8:30 – 9:30   Visual motor integration
    Visual perceptual analysis
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Vision screening for OTs
  • 10:00 –10:30 Break
  • 10:30 –12:00 Vision screening lab for OTs
  • 12:00 – 1:00   Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00 – 2:30   Testing forms, procedures, and referral criteria
    Treatment roles
    OD treatment for oculomotor control, spatial awareness, and visual perception,including the MultiMatrix
  • 2:35 – 3:00   Break
  • 3:00 – 4:15   Video/slide presentation of vestibulo-oculomotor, vestibulo-proprioceptive, and bilateral integration intervention strategies and activities
  • 4:15 – 4:30   Questions and discussion

2015BUILDING BLOCKS FOR SENSORY INTEGRATIONREAD MORE

This two-day experiential workshop provides therapists with an in-depth understanding of the developmental and neurophysiological links between sensory integration and the basic primary movement patterns that provide the foundation (or building blocks) for sensory modulation and integration.

Beginning with support of the primitive reflexes, we will explore the development of posture and its relationship to gross and fine motor skills along with visual and auditory function. This course will allow participants to fine tune their clinical observation skills for the clients who are often difficult to test using standard measures. Hands-on demonstrations, movement labs, and video examples will highlight treatment strategies that can be implemented with and without therapy equipment, making them appropriate for all clinical settings.

A range of intervention strategies designed to support functional performance will be presented, and workshop participants will leave with a systematic way to assess, document and treat the movement challenges that arise from the lack of effective sensory motor integration.

SPEAKER

Sheila M. Frick, OTR

READ BIOGRAPHY
Sheila Frick, OTR/L is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and founder of Vital Links. Since 1980, Sheila taught internationally clinician, lecturer, and pioneer in Occupational Therapy. Sheila has well over 30 years of clinical experience, having worked in psychiatry, rehabilitation, and home health before specializing in pediatrics. Sheila expertise includes sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration, and auditory interventions.

Sheila has explored the links between Sensory Integration and developmental movement patterns through many avenues including the teaching of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at Body Mind Centering, Marcia Monroe and Donna Farhi on developmental yoga training, and Peggy Hackney on Bartenieff Fundamentals.In addition, Sheila has collaborated with well-recognized leaders in the field of Sensory Integration including Mary Kawar, Patricia Wilbarger, Julia Wilbarger, Patricia Oetter, Eileen Richter, and Mary Fiorentino.

Sheila created and continues to expand Therapeutic Listening®, which has been taught to over 14,000 therapists worldwide. She also lectures on topics such as clinical neurology, respiration, the vestibular/auditory system, and various auditory interventions.

Sheila is the author of Listening with the Whole Body: Clinical Concepts and Treatment Guidelines for Therapeutic Listening, and co-author of Core Concepts in Action; Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol; and Out of the Mouths of Babes. Recently, Sheila served as a contributing author for her section on Therapeutic Listening in the upcoming 3rd edition of Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice.

Sheila’s interest in further exploration of the impact of traumatic experiences on sensory processing and overall participation in daily life led her to training and later teaching with the TRE® organization. Her recent work in TRE® has influenced Sheila’s interest in expanding techniques and activities appropriate for children and young adults aimed at reducing stress, tension, and anxiety through movement and auditory based tools (Quickshifts).

Sheila continues to lecture on clinical, practically oriented, treatment focused workshops worldwide along with seeing clients in her private practice in Madison, Wisconsin.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?       

This conference is intended for occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and other professionals working with children with sensory motor integration issues.

This is an introductory level course.

CONTENT

November 5th 2015

DAY 1

8:00         Registration

8:30        Historical perspective and current thinking regarding reflex integration programs

9:30        Primary movement patterns and their relationship to sensory defensiveness and sensory modulation dysfunction

10:30       Break

10:45       Lab – Assessment and treatment activities

12:00        Lunch (on your own)

1:00         Primary movement patterns related to vestibular-auditory-visual function

3:00         Break

3:15           Lab – Assessment and treatment activities

4:30          End

 

November 6th 2015

DAY 2

8:30         Primary movement patterns and their relationship to tactile proprioceptive  processing

10:00        Break

10:15        Primary movement patterns & their relationship to posture and balance

12:00        Lunch (on your own)

1:00          Lab – Assessment and treatment activities

2:00         Clinical case studies, problem solving, questions

3:00          Break

3:15           Clinical case studies, problem solving, questions

4:30          End

2016Quickshifts: Revolutionizing the Use of Sound in Sensorimotor Integrative TreatmentREAD MORE

Since their inception, the Quickshifts library has grown exponentially. This expanded range of album choices, provides therapists with more options to precisely match the musical elements to clinical picture. In this one-day workshop, we will explore the therapeutic application of Quickshifts and how these sound tools can be used to quickly shift states of alertness and set up the nervous system for optimal success. Participants will learn about Quickshifts’ theoretical underpinnings such as binaural beat technology, musical entrainment, the encoded movement patterns found in music, and how accessing whole-brain processing further promotes basic and higher-level functions and processes. In addition, participants will learn the specific musical qualities and various clinical applications of each Quickshift album.

Whether being used in the clinic, school, home, or community setting, Quickshifts have shown to support immediate and lasting changes in a variety of occupational performance areas such as: self-regulation, sensory modulation, anxiety, postural activation, motor coordination, social interaction, and executive functioning. Preliminary research on the impact of Quickshift albums,conducted at a prestigious university, has shown improvements in postural activation and bilateral motor coordination. These initial investigations only further supportingthe results seen first-hand in the clinic. Audio samples, case presentations, and video examples will be provided so that participants gain first-hand experience with these sound tools. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to implement the use of Quickshifts into their practice settings and will understand how to select the best musical match between album and client to optimize therapy goals and outcomes.

SPEAKER

Sheila M. Frick, OTR

READ BIOGRAPHY
Sheila Frick, OTR/L is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and founder of Vital Links. Since 1980, Sheila taught internationally clinician, lecturer, and pioneer in Occupational Therapy. Sheila has well over 30 years of clinical experience, having worked in psychiatry, rehabilitation, and home health before specializing in pediatrics. Sheila expertise includes sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration, and auditory interventions.

Sheila has explored the links between Sensory Integration and developmental movement patterns through many avenues including the teaching of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at Body Mind Centering, Marcia Monroe and Donna Farhi on developmental yoga training, and Peggy Hackney on Bartenieff Fundamentals.In addition, Sheila has collaborated with well-recognized leaders in the field of Sensory Integration including Mary Kawar, Patricia Wilbarger, Julia Wilbarger, Patricia Oetter, Eileen Richter, and Mary Fiorentino.

Sheila created and continues to expand Therapeutic Listening®, which has been taught to over 14,000 therapists worldwide. She also lectures on topics such as clinical neurology, respiration, the vestibular/auditory system, and various auditory interventions.

Sheila is the author of Listening with the Whole Body: Clinical Concepts and Treatment Guidelines for Therapeutic Listening, and co-author of Core Concepts in Action; Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol; and Out of the Mouths of Babes. Recently, Sheila served as a contributing author for her section on Therapeutic Listening in the upcoming 3rd edition of Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice.

Sheila’s interest in further exploration of the impact of traumatic experiences on sensory processing and overall participation in daily life led her to training and later teaching with the TRE® organization. Her recent work in TRE® has influenced Sheila’s interest in expanding techniques and activities appropriate for children and young adults aimed at reducing stress, tension, and anxiety through movement and auditory based tools (Quickshifts).

Sheila continues to lecture on clinical, practically oriented, treatment focused workshops worldwide along with seeing clients in her private practice in Madison, Wisconsin.

SCHEDULE

Friday, November 11th 2016

  • 8:30-9:00         Check-In
  • 9:00-10:30       Sensory Processing & Self-Regulation: Overview of Current Thinking, Neurophysiological Concepts; Case Examples
  • 10:30-10:45     Break
  • 10:45-12:00     Connecting Sound & Movement: Neuroanatomy & the Encoded Patterns
  • 12:00-1:00       Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00-3:00         Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Supporting Movement, Interaction & Engagement; Case Examples
  • 3:00-3:15         Break
  • 3:15-4:30         Enhancing Executive Function Through Quickshifts; Case Examples

2016Trauma Informed Approach to Sensory Processing Disorders & Arousal RegulationREAD MORE

Pediatric therapists and other professionals who work with individuals with sensory and developmental disorders (e.g. autism spectrum, attention deficit, learning disabilities) often encounter clients with difficulties related to developmental trauma. Traumatic events may be overt, such as early loss of a primary caregiver; sexual, physical or emotional abuse; or domestic, community and school violence. Trauma may also be innocent, such as early hospitalization and necessary life saving medical procedures in the neonatal intensive care unit. Exposure to adverse life experiences has been shown to increase the likelihood of social, emotional and developmental delays; furthermore, children with developmental delays have a much higher chance of experiencing physical, emotional and sexual abuse. There is a growing understanding and accompanying clinical practice that addresses the connection between sensory processing dysfunction and trauma. When an individual cannot adequately process sensory information or traumatic experiences, the body’s natural defense mechanisms become heightened, further impacting the sensory processing disorder.

This two-day hands-on course will explore, from a trauma informed perspective, the connections between sensory processing and sensory integrative difficulties. We will also provide a brief introduction to the tension reducing technique known as TRE®, as a means of demonstrating how the body retains stress in core muscular tension patterns. This course will investigate the hard wired action systems that underlie sensory modulation, arousal, affect regulation, and play. A clinical reasoning model for tracking dynamic shifts in state and levels of integration will be presented. Interactive, hands-on labs, video and case presentations will bring key concepts and treatment strategiesto life in this theoretically based, yet practical workshop.

SPEAKER

Sheila M. Frick, OTR

READ BIOGRAPHY
Sheila Frick, OTR/L is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and founder of Vital Links. Since 1980, Sheila taught internationally clinician, lecturer, and pioneer in Occupational Therapy. Sheila has well over 30 years of clinical experience, having worked in psychiatry, rehabilitation, and home health before specializing in pediatrics. Sheila expertise includes sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration, and auditory interventions.

Sheila has explored the links between Sensory Integration and developmental movement patterns through many avenues including the teaching of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at Body Mind Centering, Marcia Monroe and Donna Farhi on developmental yoga training, and Peggy Hackney on Bartenieff Fundamentals.In addition, Sheila has collaborated with well-recognized leaders in the field of Sensory Integration including Mary Kawar, Patricia Wilbarger, Julia Wilbarger, Patricia Oetter, Eileen Richter, and Mary Fiorentino.

Sheila created and continues to expand Therapeutic Listening®, which has been taught to over 14,000 therapists worldwide. She also lectures on topics such as clinical neurology, respiration, the vestibular/auditory system, and various auditory interventions.

Sheila is the author of Listening with the Whole Body: Clinical Concepts and Treatment Guidelines for Therapeutic Listening, and co-author of Core Concepts in Action; Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol; and Out of the Mouths of Babes. Recently, Sheila served as a contributing author for her section on Therapeutic Listening in the upcoming 3rd edition of Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice.

Sheila’s interest in further exploration of the impact of traumatic experiences on sensory processing and overall participation in daily life led her to training and later teaching with the TRE® organization. Her recent work in TRE® has influenced Sheila’s interest in expanding techniques and activities appropriate for children and young adults aimed at reducing stress, tension, and anxiety through movement and auditory based tools (Quickshifts).

Sheila continues to lecture on clinical, practically oriented, treatment focused workshops worldwide along with seeing clients in her private practice in Madison, Wisconsin.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This conference is intended for pediatric occupational therapists and other professionals who work with individuals with sensory and developmental disorders with difficulties related to developmental trauma.

This is an introductory level course. However, knowledge of sensory processing will be very helpful.

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, November 9th 2016- DAY 1

  • 8:00-8:30     Check-In
  • 8:00-10:00    Sensory Processing and Developmental Trauma
  • 10:00-10:15   Break
  • 10:15-12:00   Attachment, Attunement, and Sensory Processing
  • 12:00 1:00     Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00-2:30      Neurodevelopmental Roots of Defense
  • 2:30-2:45      Break
  • 2:45-4:30      Brief introduction to TRE® and Lab

Thursday, November 10th, 2016- DAY 2

  • 8:30-10:00    Developmental Movement Patterns & Regulation
  • 10:00-10:15   Break
  • 10:15-12:00   Integration of Core Defensive Patterns
  • 12:00-1:00    Lunch (on your own)
  • 1:00-2:30     The Neurology of Primary Play
  • 2:30-2:45      Break
  • 2:45-4:30      Primary Play into Practice: Play Labs

2017DIR101 – The Nuts and Bolts of DIR/Floortime InterventionREAD MORE

This workshop will be an overview of the DIR/Floortime® model of the late Dr. Stanley Greenspan. The participant will gain understanding of the theory behind the model, the different research studies behind the model, as well as a thorough understanding of the different developmental levels. The influence of individual differences for each profile will be discussed as well as principles of working with families in this model. DIR/Floortime® is adaptive to any age of development, from early intervention through adolescence. Floortime® techniques will be show cased through case studies with open workshop discussion and participants will find these discussions to be at the intermediate to advanced clinical level. This workshop is approved through the ICDL (Interdisciplinary Council for Developmental and Learning Disorders) and will set the course for becoming certificated in this model through ICDL.

SPEAKER

Maude Leroux, occupational therapist in Pennsylvania

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Maude is an Occupational Therapist with several years of field and supervisory experience in a variety of therapy fields. She started her career in the field of psychiatric conditions and transitioned over the years to develop a multi-modal practice in pediatrics. She started A Total Approach in 2002 and since then have become an international trainer in different areas of work. She has been appointed as one of the international training team leaders in the DIR / Floortime Certificate process, as well as Tomatis Sound Therapy and Interactive Metronome. Maude has completed the Master Class in Attachment Focused Psychotherapy and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy through Dr. Art Becker Weidman and has also completed the 5-day introduction course of Dr. Daniel Hughes. She also serves on the board of ATTACH for the next 3 years. She designs her own live courses with regards to emotional processing and executive functioning. Maude works with a team of occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and physical therapists in her practice. She is well known for her experience and work with children who carry a diagnosis on the Autism Spectrum, Attachment, Sensory Processing Disorder, and Dyslexia/ Learning Disabilities. Maude is a mentor to many therapists, including OT and DIR professionals internationally. She has presented at conferences in a variety of settings across the US and also internationally. She has co-authored the book, The Listening Journey, with Francoise Nicoloff, and her second book, Our Greatest Allies, is now available on Amazon.com. Her basic philosophy is that all children can learn, and that therapists are instrumental in finding out the “key” to each child. She enjoys empowering parents and therapists to do just that!

SCHEDULE

Day 1:

  • 8.30 to 9.30am        History and Theories of Emotional Processing
  • 9.30 to 10.30am      The DIR® Model, Research and Recent Breakthroughs
  • 10.30 to 11.00am    Morning Break
  • 11.00 to 12.00pm    Level 1: Regulation
  • 12.00 to 12.30pm    Level 2: Intimacy and Engagement
  • 12.30 to 1.30pm      Lunch
  • 1.30 to 2.15pm         Level 3: Two Way Communication
  • 2.15 to 3.15pm         Level 4: Pretend Play
  • 3.15 to 3.30pm        Afternoon Break
  • 3.30 to 4.30pm       Level 5: Symbolic Thinking

Day 2:

  • 8.30 to 9.30am       Level 6: Logical Thinking
  • 9.30 to 10.30am     Individual Differences that could constrict each level
  • 10.30 to 11.00am    Morning Break
  • 11.00 to 12.30pm    Relational and Family Patterns
  • 12.30 to 1.30pm      Lunch
  • 1.30 to 3.15pm         Floortime Strategies that really work!
  • 3.15 to 3.30pm        Afternoon Break
  • 3.30 to 4.30pm       Next steps in the DIR Training Process; Q and A

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

This conference is intended for occupational therapists, speech language therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, and social workers working with children experiencing developmental delay across different spectrums of diagnosis including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attachment Disorder amongst others.

2018T is for Treatment : Pediatric Feeding Disorders, PreChaining, and Food Chaining TherapyREAD MORE

Taught by Cheri Fraker and Laura Walbert

This two-day course will focus on assessment and treatment of feeding problems in infants, toddlers, and children. Topics covered include: anatomy of feeding aversion; feeding therapy baby care basics; successful transition to table foods; toddlers’ eating from ages 2 to 6; meeting nutrition needs for infants, toddlers & children; case histories; analysis and development of team treatment plans for infants and toddlers; picky versus problem eating; problem-solving, referrals and the team approach to feeding aversion therapy; in-depth case history, analysis of the problem & development of team treatment programs for children.

SPEAKERS

Cheri Fraker, CCC/SLP

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Cheri Fraker, CCC/SLP is an ASHA certified pediatric speech pathologist who earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Speech Pathology from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1986.

Cheri’s work in feeding is recognized internationally. She has published articles about Food Chaining in international medical periodicals, The Nest and Nutrition and the MD. Cheri specializes in evaluation and treatment of pediatric feeding disorders and she is lead therapist for the pediatric feeding team clinic at The Center for Selective Eating and Pediatric Feeding Disorders and the SIU-Koke Mill Pediatric Swallowing Clinic in Springfield, Illinois. Cheri developed the techniques of Pre-Chaining and Food Chaining. She has worked in pediatrics for 29 years. Cheri is also a STAR certified oncology therapist and currently treating adults with head and neck cancer.

Cheri has lectured on pediatric feeding disorders at the UCLA/UMH Nutrition Leadership Conference, The American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine, The North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the 2004 World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Cheri and Laura have presented their PreChaining and Food Chaining programs at ASHA, the Neonatal Nutrition Conference and The Neonatal Update Conference at UMass.

Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP

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Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP is an ASHA certified pediatric speech pathologist who earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Disorders and Sciences from Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, Illinois, 1996 . Laura’s work in feeding is recognized internationally in medical journal periodicals and conference presentations on pediatric feeding disorders. Laura has also presented on evaluation and treatment of athletes with vocal cord dysfunction. Laura specializes in treatment of breastfeeding problems, selective eating and pediatric dysphagia.

Cheri and Laura are co-authors of the books “Evaluation and Treatment of Pediatric Feeding Disorders: From NICU to Childhood” and "Food Chaining: The Six Step Solution to Stop Picky Eating, Solve Feeding Problems and Expand Your Child's Diet." Cheri and Laura provide therapy services at The Center for Selective Eating and Pediatric Feeding Disorders and are members of the diagnostic team for the SIU School of Medicine-Koke Mill Pediatric Swallowing Clinic in Springfield, Illinois. Cheri and Laura have lectured together for over 20 years.

 

Objectives

  1. List anatomical and physiological and aerodigestive factors that create roadblocks to successful eating.
  2. Describe the relationship between the health of the aerodigestive tract and development of safe, flexible oral sensory motor feeding skills.
  3. Describe the relationship between health, weight, and appetite and understand the importance of a feeding schedule to develop internal motivation to eat.
  4. Describe picky vs. problem eating.
  5. Describe how to set the table for success based on the child’s Individualized Eating Profile.
  6. Describe key components of Fraker, Walbert and Cox’s PreChaining and Food Chaining therapy to treatment for infants, toddlers and children and their families.

Schedule

Day 1

8:00 – 9:00 am   The Anatomy of Feeding Aversion: Allergies, Aspiration & The Aerodigestive Tract -Treatment to build a foundation of feeding skills

9:00 – 9:30          Successful Transitions to Table Foods By Age One Year

9:30 – 10:15         Problem Solving: The Trouble with Toddlers; Assessment of Toddlers and Understanding Eating from Ages 2-6

10:15 – 10:30       Break

10:30- 11:00        Nourish: Meeting Nutrition Needs for Infants, Toddlers & Children

11:00 – 12:00       In-depth Case Histories, Analysis & Development of Team Treatment Plans for Infants & Toddlers, Overview of PreChaining Therapy

12:00 -1:00          Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:15            PreChaining and Treatment for Infants and Children with Dysphagia: From Feeding Tube to the Table

2:15 – 3:00           Kid Care: Feeding Aversion—Is it Picky or is it Problem? Can you SEE & Treat the problems? Overview of Food Chaining Therapy

3:00-3:15             Break

3:15 – 5:15            Food Chaining 101-Getting Started, Expanding the Diet, Nourishing the Child and Parent Education

Day 2

8:00-9:00           Problem Solving, Referrals & the Team Approach to therapy for the child with Feeding Aversion

9:00-10:15           In-depth Case History, Analysis of the Problem & Development of Team Treatment Programs

10:15 – 10:35      Break

10:35-12:00        Program Development, Referrals and Writing Food Chains

12:00 – 1:00       Lunch (on your own)

1:00-3:30            NICU to Childhood: Cases, Cases and More Cases

14 hours

Instructional Methods:Lecture, PowerPoint slides, video, handouts, case studies will be used as instructional methods, extensive education guide/handout for use after the course.

Choose to Learn’s mission is to increase the quality of occupational therapy, speech language therapy and other professional’s therapeutic intervention for those working with children and their families.  Choose to Learn began in 2005 to provide continuing education and it continues to offer cutting edge workshops and conferences for parents and professionals. We believe passionately that continued learning sharpens our skills and keeps us questioning as to how we can best help others.

Caroline Hui has been an occupational therapist working with children and their families since 1991. She has worked in British Columbia, Montreal and on the west coast of Florida. In Florida, she was a founder of Children’s Therapy Associates, a multi-disciplinary clinic, serving several school boards. Caroline returned to Quebec in 2002 and noted the few options for continuing education as compared to the US, hence the birth of Choose to Learn. Since then, she has hosted a number of conferences in Quebec taught by renowned occupational therapists such as: Lucy Jane Miller, Diana Henry, Helene Polatajko, Sheila Frick, Beth Osten, Genevieve Jereb, Patti Oetter, Eileen Richter, Teresa May-Benson as well as other professionals, Kay Toomey, psychologist and Sherri Cawn, speech language pathologist. Caroline has just completed her Master’s degree in Science and she continues to see clients privately in her clinic in Knowlton, QC as well as organise your next continuing education conferences.

Testimonials

“Very good speaker, Ms. Henry is very dynamic. Her energy and enthusiasm is contagious. Excellent organisation.”

“I love having these workshops in Montreal! It’s much easier and less costly than going to the US. Thank you.”

“I am so glad I came to this course (CO-OP). Great case examples! Good organisation, thank you.”

“Great workshop with many examples. I can’t wait to go back to work!”

“Love the snacks and all the attention to detail you have at your conferences, thank you.”

“I learnt so much. Speakers share their passion very well.”

“Excellent course; I feel that all professionals in our area of work should take this (SOS Approach).”

“Overall great learning experience and convenient location. Thanks!”

“Came with the team and left with excellent material to help our clients. Well worth our time.”

“Loved the focus on treatment!”

“Glad you brought some therapy balls for us to use. Sitting all day is not easy. Thank you.”

“Had time to connect with old colleagues and learn at the same time. I appreciated all the videos and examples; especially the treatment ideas. Caroline, thank you for your hard work – great to have these speakers in Quebec.”

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