Previously Offered by Coast Allied Health:

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Exploring Typical and Atypical Feeding Development: How to Help Your Child Grow

Presented by Kelly Andrasik, MOT, OTR/L, SWC
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, primary occupational therapist in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

April 8th, 2017
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Registration and Breakfast at 8:30 AM)
San Luis Obispo Elks Lodge
222 Elks Lane

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

This 4-hour workshop is intended for parents who are curious about typical development of feeding skills in infants and children. An overview of anatomy, swallowing physiology, expected feeding development and common feeding difficulties will be covered. Whether your infant is struggling with bottle feeding, your toddler is a picker eater, or your child has behavioral struggles at the dinner table, this course will cover a variety of the most common feeding obstacles, as well as strategies to overcome these challenging problems. Is it possible to prevent picky eating? Is it possible to cause picky eating? These concepts will be explored...and more!

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Calm, Cool & Connected

Presented by:

Mary Gengler Fuhr, OTR/L, RYT, CEIM and Carrie Sheppard, M. Ed., LMHC

March 6, 2015  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
ABC Church
6225 Atascadero Mall
Atascadero, CA

Helping your child develop Self-Regulation skills – the ability to self-calm or energize to master appropriate responses to the stresses of everyday living – impacts all areas of interaction throughout a lifetime. Equipping yourself to apply self-regulation strategies at home may be the single most useful tool you can give your family.

This team approach to building self-regulation skills draws from fields of neuroscience, occupational therapy, and developmental psychology to understand effective ways to motivate behavioral change.  Focus is placed on understanding each individual’s need to achieve a “just right” balance by appropriately calming an overactive brain and bodyor conversely, energizing oneselfto increase a low level of alertness.  Practical and ready-to-use strategies will be presented to address your child’s motivation, self-confidence, skill development, and emotion regulation.

Recognizing that parents and caregivers are a child’s most valuable asset, this course also includes user-friendly tools for parent self-care. Participants will have an opportunity to practice a variety of strategies for self-calming, self-monitoring, and getting comfortable throughout the workshop. Leave rejuvenated and ready to refresh your relationship!

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Sponsored by: Coast Allied Health Consulting and Education, Inc. in collaboration with community partners.

What you’ll come away with:

  • The ability to become a detective who can identify possible sources of dysregulation.

  • Motor, cognitive, and sensory strategies you can apply right away.

  • Ideas for avoiding meltdowns and using challenging moments as opportunities to help your child build skills for managing discomfort.

 You’ll go home with fun and practical strategies you can use to help your child learn to self-regulate and improve his or her ability to cope with the demands of a dynamic and often bewildering world.  

Who Should Attend:

This course is designed for parents, caregivers and family members who spend time with a child struggling with self-regulation challenges.

Characteristics of Substance Abuse vs. Mental Health Diagnoses

Presented by:

Jessica De Brun, OTD, MOT, OTR/L

February 27, 2015  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
ABC Church
6225 Atascadero Mall
Atascadero, CA


Characteristics of substance abuse and mental illness often mirror one another. It is vital for all health professionals to recognize the differences between mental illness and substance abuse.

The course material will cover:

  • Identification of commonly abused substances

  • Exploration of specific characteristics of each substance type

  • Common indicators of substance abuse

  • Discussion of mental health diagnoses that may parallel substance abuse

  • Ample time will be allotted to discuss intervention strategies from the perspective of an early intervention mental health occupational therapy practitioner.

Who Should Attend:

This course is open to professionals and family members. 

Complex Feeding Issues and How to Help Your Child

Presented by Kelly Andrasik, MOT, OTR/L, SWC

January 9, 2015  9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
ABC Church
6225 Atascadero Mall
Atascadero, CA

Whether your infant is struggling with bottle feeding, your toddler is a picky eater, or your child has a nasogastric or gastrostomy tube, this course will cover a wide variety of the most common feeding obstacles, as well as strategies to overcome these challenging problems.  No more struggles at the dinner table!  Participants are encouraged to bring specific questions and scenarios to discuss with the group, and time will be allotted for answering questions and discussing particular cases.

Who Should Attend?

Parents, Caregivers and Healthcare Practitioners who work with children with feeding difficulties across the lifespan (therapists, nurses, nutritionists, dieticians).  The course material is considered to be introductory for the clinician.  

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The Importance of Sleep, Activities, Nutrition and Environment for your child.

A discussion for parents and caregivers.

October 6, 2014   9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
ABC Church
6225 Atascadero Mall

Atascadero, CA

Please join us for a presentation to learn about the following topics and more: 

  • the importance of sleep and how to implement bedtime routines

  • nutrition, including the 10 worst additives

  • the best activities to foster growth and development

  • the importance of movement and how much your child needs

Parents will learn how to recharge their own batteries with a short routine of breathing exercises, gentle stretches and deep relaxation designed just for caregivers. Parents will be refreshed and restored! We will also explain the “how” and “why” these exercises work.

Anne Buckley-Reen, an Occupational Therapist and dynamic presenter, with over 30 years of experience, will share her wisdom on some pressing topics for every caregiver.  To learn more about Anne please visit

Building Buddies: A Hands-On Social Skills Workshop for Parents and Caregivers

Presented by Danette Bonfield Piantanida, MA, CCC-SLP
September 19, 2014  -  9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

ABC Church, 6225 Atascadero Mall, Atascadero, CA

This dynamic seminar is for professionals and parents seeking direct instruction on social skills for elementary and adolescent students. Throughout this workshop, participants will build a binder of tools and strategies used to facilitate social skills. Also discussed, will be an introduction to developing and running a social skills program for homeschool students, in clinics, in schools and in the community settings. Participants will be provided information for ongoing parent and teacher education. This unique workshop will have parents and professionals learning from each other in small groups.  Professionals will be provided information on assessing and identifying social skill deficits and factors that contribute to these impairments.

Who should attend?

Parents, caregivers and family members who spend time with a child struggling with social skills challenges.

Upon completion parents and caregivers will:

  • Have helpful references and resources to help their child socialize.

  • Have an educational packet of materials and be able to facilitate their child’s social skills in a variety of settings.

Please click here for course objectives and course agenda

Communicating Concepts in Sensory Integration


A look at the basics for caregivers and parents.

Do you find yourself wondering if you are providing the optimal learning experiences for the child you care for?

Does your child's behavior sometimes confuse you? Do you ever feel that you do not completely understand your child?

Join us for a presentation and discussion with Dr. Zoe Mailloux, an occupational therapist and world renowned speaker and expert in the area of early sensory and motor development. In addition to vital information about your child's foundational skills for succeeding in all aspects of life, this workshop will also include some practical, take-home strategies for supporting your child and making your job as a parent easier and more fulfilling. Therapists and other professionals will also benefit from attending this special event.

When? Friday July 11, 2014. Registration starts at 8:30, workshop is from 9-2. Breakfast and lunch provided.

Where? ABC Church, 6225 Atascadero Mall, Atascadero, CA

Sponsored by:  The Cuesta College Foster and Kinship Care Education Program, San Luis Obispo Department of Social Services, and Coast Allied Health Consulting and Education, Inc.


Infant Massage

Saturday, May 3rd, 2014  9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Hampton Inn & Suites
1530 Calle Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, CA  

Join us for a relaxing experience for you and your baby.

Touch is an important way for your infant to learn about themselves and the world around them. Through touch, a child can learn trust and gain confidence. Our class will teach you about infant development and how massage can promote sleep, communication, relaxation and digestion.

Who should attend? Mom and/or Dad and their baby from 0-1 year of age.  Parents please bring a towel or baby blanket and a couple of toys.

Who is presenting?  Mary Gengler Fuhr, OTR/L, RYT, CEIM is the director and owner of a well-established pediatric therapy clinic in Washington State.  She has over 30 years of experience as a pediatric Occupational Therapist.  She has coauthored a book and numerous articles on massage for infants and children.  To learn more about Mary please visit

Sensory Integration and Autism

An evening exclusively for parents and caregivers

Please join us for a presentation followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Zoe Mailloux, a world renowned speaker and expert in the area of Sensory Integration and Autism. This event is exclusively for caregivers of children who have special needs. We are unable to provide childcare for this event. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Thursday, October 10th, 2013, 6 to 9 p.m.