Trauma and Anxiety: Yoga and Mindfulness, Interventions in Pediatrics

Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR/L, RYT

Saturday, September 30, 2017
The Holiday Inn Express
1800 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA

Course Description:

Therapists:  Do you work with children who are highly reactive, have difficulty maintaining an even emotional state or who may go into their own world when stressed?

Do parents or teachers report activities or places that seem to “trigger” emotions or withdrawal?

Does the child worry excessively, become easily overwhelmed or avoidant?

This workshop will offer tools and strategies to help the child/teen navigate the difficulties of trauma and anxiety in day to day life.  The therapist will gain an understanding of dynamics, triggers and physiology as well as learn specific yoga and mindfulness based activities and routines to help restore nervous system homeostasis. A combination of lecture and labs will be presented. 

Course Objectives:

Upon Completion of this course, The therapist will:

  • Identify at least 3 of the most common childhood traumas

  • Understand physiology of PTSD and identify 2 common manifestations

  • Identify at least 3 various ways anxiety can manifest physiologically, including the impact on all body systems

  • Identify and apply at least 2 appropriate routines to address fear and withdrawal

  • Identify 2 tools and 2 strategies to engage the disengaged child

Who Should Attend?

Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists and other allied health professionals working with pediatric clients experiencing trauma and anxiety.  

*6 contact hours awarded to all attendees, .6 AOTA CEUs awarded to all OTs and OTAs

TIPS: Therapeutic Interventions for Preschoolers

Utilizing the Latest in RESEARCHED Brain-Body Development Strategies

Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR/L, RYT

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Mariposas Project Clinic

621 West Micheltorena, Suite B
Santa Barbara, California

 

Course Description:

Therapists:  Do you know what behavioral clues mean? Where to begin? How to engage a child who is stuck in "NO"? Which brain-body connections are prerequisites for skill development? How to build skills in developmental hierarchy? How to modify activities to address the immature or underdeveloped systems?

The foundational preschool years lay the groundwork for primary school readiness.  Learn how to develop self-awareness, self-control, shared attention, communication, sensory motor registration, regulation, and higher level motor skills through therapeutic play, sensory, breath and movement routines.

Accessing therapeutic techniques in a developmental hierarchy will provide the new or experienced clinician with insights, strategies and resources.  

Learn how to use evidenced based strategies to help the high risk preschooler who does not respond to traditional therapy, and to address a range of mild to severe challenges.

Course includes experiential labs and case studies.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe at least two developmental challenges that impact social, sensory-motor and emotional development for the preschooler.

  • List two assessment tools to measure and document baseline levels of performance across systems.

  • Identify at least three developmentally appropriate interventions to develop foundational skills for the preschooler.

  • Utilize graded interventions to facilitate sensory motor systems in a developmentally hierarchical treatment plan.

  • Recognize and identify symptoms of dysregulation in the preschooler.

  • Describe simple interventions to regulate arousal, reduce meltdowns and enhance calm states.

  • Practice/Demonstrate at least two warm-up activities that enhance readiness and brain-body connections for various skill development.

 

Who Should Attend?

Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Physical Therapists and other allied health professionals working with preschoolers who are at risk for developmental delays.  Teachers and Para-educators welcome to attend.

*6 contact hours awarded to all attendees, .6 AOTA CEUs awarded to all OTs and OTAs

Click here for course brochure.


 

Scratching the Surface: A Review of Common Pediatric Feeding Issues

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

Friday, January 27th, 2017
Elks Lodge
222 Elks Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA

This half day workshop is intended to prepare early intervention specialists, child psychologists, and other healthcare professionals who work with pediatric clients experiencing feeding difficulties, to take the second full day course “Digging Deeper: More on Pediatric Feeding Issues”. This is a fast paced course designed to cover basic anatomy and swallowing physiology, the developmental progression of typical feeding, and common feeding difficulties across the ages (infancy to pediatric clients). If you took the full day course “Scratching the Surface: An Introduction to Common Pediatric Feeding Issues” last year, you will find this course to be a wonderful review to prepare you for the second (full) day course. If you have not taken any other feeding course, this half day will fast track you to be ready for “Digging Deeper”. We will cover picky eating tendencies, sensory related feeding difficulties, and phobic behaviors surrounding feeding. After taking this course, you will be able to confidently help your client work beyond expected and developmentally appropriate feeding struggles, identify what constitutes a more serious concern and determine when to seek further help and resources. Participants are encouraged to bring specific questions, including case studies to discuss with the group. 

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the expected developmental progression of oral feeding skills.

  2. Verbalize three anticipatory strategies to decrease the risk of a pediatric client developing a food aversion.

  3. Identify three signs of swallowing issues that would warrant a referral to a medical professional or feeding specialist.

Who should Attend?

Early intervention specialists, child psychologists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, licensed marriage and family therapists, behavioral therapists and other practitioners who work with pediatric clients experiencing feeding difficulties.

*4 contact hours awarded to all attendees, .4 AOTA CEUs awarded to all OTs and OTAs


Digging Deeper: More on Pediatric Feeding Issues

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

Saturday, January 28th, 2017
Elks Lodge
222 Elks Lane
San Luis Obispo, CA

If you have already learned how to conquer typical developmental and sensory related feeding difficulties and are looking for more in depth information, then this course is for you. This workshop will cover more complex feeding difficulties and is designed as a follow-up to “Scratching the Surface” course offered through Coast Allied Health in May 2016. It is intended for occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, child psychologists, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in or already work with pediatric clients experiencing feeding and swallowing difficulties. After taking this course, you will be able to more confidently help your client work beyond both feeding and swallowing struggles, as well as have improved resources and strategies to offer families, for consistent carryover in the home, to overall improve therapeutic outcomes.  Pediatric video fluoroscopic swallow studies and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluations of swallowing will be covered in more detail, as well as strategies to treat and improve feeding outcomes in the setting of dysphagia. Participants are encouraged to bring specific questions, including case studies to discuss with the group.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the physiology of a normal swallow

  2. Identify at least three signs of swallowing impairments that warrant intervention

  3. Verbalize at least two diet modifications which can improve the functionality and safety of swallowing

  4. Discuss at least two scenarios when oral feeding may no longer be a reasonable goal

  5. Identify three primary differences between a videofluoroscopic swallow study and a fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing

Who should Attend?

Early intervention specialists, child psychologists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, licensed marriage and family therapists, behavioral therapists and other practitioners who work with pediatric clients experiencing feeding difficulties.

*6 contact hours awarded to all attendees, .6 AOTA CEUs awarded to all OTs and OTAs


Yoga Therapy for the Child with Developmental Challenges

Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR/L, RYT

Sunday-Monday, November 6-7, 2016, Rescue, CA (Sacramento Area)

Learn from a pioneer in the use of Yoga as a therapeutic modality.  Anne's work with Yoga has been researched, published and cited in numerous journal articles and is the foundation for a researched preparatory program widely used in NYC schools - special needs classrooms!

Course Description:   This DYNAMIC workshop shares clinically tested individual yoga therapy protocols as well as the therapeutic use of specific yoga modalities and modifications for children of all ages.  This program highlights the use of YOGA therapy for INDIVIDUAL treatment sessions and strategies for even your most challenging clients.  Through experiential labs, participants will focus on the physical, regulatory, physiological, sensory-motor and emotional benefits of specific therapeutic yoga postures, breath-work and relaxation techniques.  Breath, sound and relaxation exercises to enhance regulation, endurance and organization will be highlighted.  Clinical care analysis will demonstrate the therapeutic benefits of each sequence with children challenged by:

  • Self-Regulatory Disorders

  • Autism

  • Anxiety-OCD

  • ADD

  • Learning Disabilities

  • Sensory-Motor Immaturity-Motor Planning/Executive Function Issues

  • Cerebral Palsy

  • Degenerative Neuromuscular Conditions

Click here for course brochure.

Course Objectives:

  • Become familiar with specific yoga breathing and postural techniques to address self regulation, anxiety, central attention, sensory–motorregistration, endurance, motor skills organization and executive function.

  • Create a therapeutic environment that will calm even the most anxious child and experience a series of  clinically tested 5 part yoga sequences with individualized modifications for specific challenges and a wide range of therapeutic benefit.

  • Enhance self-regulation, self awareness and self control through timing, sequencing and repetition of yoga posture.

  • Address neurological immaturity and facilitate body awareness, motor planning and motor skills through a developmentally choreographed yoga practice.

  • Enhance circulation, oxygenation, immune system support with postural, breath and relaxation technique.

  • Become familiar with the use of props (straps, blocks, pillows, towels, blankets) to enhance alignment, breath control, body awareness and motor control.

  • Build strength, coordination, balance and motor skills through active flow and holding of posture.

  • Become familiar with individualized body- breath strategies to regulate arousal, increase engagement , and buildbrain- body connections.

  • Learn to reduce stress and enhance integration with progressive relaxation techniques for students with ASD, ADD and LD (hands on and off). 

*12 contact hours awarded to all attendees/1.2 AOTA CEUs awarded to all OTs and OTAs


School Based Therapy from A-Z

Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR/L, RYT

Friday, November 4, 2016, Concord, CA

Lots of new material, research, and experiences to share from this captivating presenter!

Course Description:  This exciting course combines effective modalities for the experienced or entry level school-based therapist.  Drawing on 30+ years of pediatric experience and hundreds of hours of school based practice, Anne shares personal experiences and the most effective intervention strategies for a wide variety of challenges.

Utilizing case studies, classroom vignettes and current research, Anne organizes this one day condensed workshop into specific target lessons which form the foundation for therapeutic intervention in the educational setting. In addition to direct student service strategies and consultative methods, Anne also addresses the needs of administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals and parents through her effective in-service training programs. A sample training will be demonstrated with reproducible handouts for you to share with your teams. 

Click here for course brochure.

Course Objectives:

  • Where to begin: How to identify underlying and contributing causes of school difficulties. Including sensory, motor and language areas

  • A variety of treatment approaches and the “who, what, when, where, how and why”.

  • Structuring developmentally appropriate, educationally relevant and motivating interventions incorporating circles of communication and strategies for addressing motor, attention and language demands.

  • How to implement effective classroom strategies* with limited time, space and resources. Strategies include:

    • Breathing exercises to increase central attention

    • Sound exercises to organize focus and facilitate language

    • Movement sequences to provide a foundation for higher level motor skills

    • Seated movement protocols to improve timing, accuracy and speed ofmotor performance

  • Push in or pull out? Who needs what? Who decides?

  • How to prioritize treatment approaches for maximum effectiveness.

    • The role of the auditory, visual, vestibular and proprioceptive systems in treatment.

  • Guidelines for measuring and documenting progress. Sample sheets, observation forms and data collection methods provided.

  • Effective parent, teacher communication and in-service training.

  • Thinking outside the box! This years’ program will include Learning Labs where the participants will directly experience a variety of therapeutic strategies.

*6 contact hours awarded to all attendees/.6 AOTA CEUs awarded to all OTs and OTAs


Get Ready To Learn

Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR, RYT

July 27-28, 2016
Moving Body Resources
112 West 27th Street
New York, NY  10001

Recently featured on ABC's World News Tonight, Get Ready To Learn is a researched classroom yoga curriculum that PREPARES students of all abilities for learning.  Introduced in NYC classrooms of students with special needs in 2008, the program has spread throughout the US and abroad. It is now being used daily in mainstream, integrated and special needs classrooms.

The program helps to reduce stress, focus attention, enhance performance and improve behaviors in the classroom and beyond.

The curriculum uses a 5 part traditional yoga practice which incorporates developmental and sensory-motor levels to optimally prepare students of all ages for learning. 

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Get Ready To Learn starts the day in classrooms around the country.  The program is currently in schools in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and introduced in London in 2010, and Canada in 2013!

Click here for course brochure.

*12 contact hours awarded to all attendees/1.2 AOTA CEUs


Scratching the Surface: An Introduction to Common Pediatric Feeding Issues

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

Friday, May 13, 2016, San Luis Obispo, CA

Learn strategies for:

  • The picky eater

  • The child with sensory related feeding concerns

  • The child with phobic behaviors surrounding eating

After taking this course, you will be able to confidently help your client work beyond expected and developmentally appropriate feeding struggles, identify what constitutes a more serious concern and determine when to seek further help and resources. Participants are encouraged to bring specific questions, including case studies to discuss with the group.

Click here for course brochure.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the expected developmental progression of oral feeding skills.

  2. Explain two common and expected difficult stages as pertains to feeding skill development.

  3. Verbalize three anticipatory strategies to decrease the risk of a pediatric client developing a food aversion.

  4. Discuss at least two strategies to address sensory related feeding issues.

  5. Identify three signs of swallowing issues that would warrant a referral to a medical professional or feeding specialist.

Who should Attend?

Early intervention specialists, child psychologists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, physical therapists, licensed marriage and family therapists, behavioral therapists and other practitioners who work with pediatric clients experiencing feeding difficulties.

*6 contact hours awarded to all attendees/.6 AOTA CEUs awarded to all OTs and OTAs

*CE Provider for the CA Board of Behavioral SciencesApproval


Sensory Integration & Neurodevelopmental Treatment: Fitting the Pieces Together

Presented by:
Sue Seiler, OTR/L, SIPT & NDT Certified and Liz Mangione, PT, NDT Certified

Hawthorne, New York (45 minutes from New York City) on March 18-19th, 2016

This two day workshop is designed for pediatric occupational and physical therapists. The content will include the theoretical principles and treatment approaches of sensory integration (SI) and Neurodevelopmental treatment (NDT). This course will compare and contrast these frames of reference via lecture, group problem solving and labs including facilitation and use of therapeutic equipment. Participants will learn to apply these techniques to maximize functional performance in their clients with neuromotor and sensory impairments. 

Who Should Attend?

Occupational and Physical Therapists working with children who have neuromotor and sensory processing disorders.  OTs and PTs who currently utilize and those who are interested in learn more about the SI and NDT frames of reference. 

Click here for the course brochure. 

*12 contact hours awarded/1.2 AOTA CEUs Awarded/

*14.4 Continuing Education Credits Awarded by NYPTA Course # 16-2-6

 

LINKED: Breathing and Postural Control

2-day general life span lecture and lab course

Presented by Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc

Courtyard Marriott, San Luis Obispo, CA - January 30-31, 2016

This course will challenge therapists to make a paradigm shift and acknowledge the entire trunk as an integral component of normal postural control and movement strategies from the vocal folds on top, to the diaphragm in the middle, to the pelvic floor on the bottom. Through the use of a "soda pop can" model and novel research, the speaker will demonstrate how every muscle of the trunk has a simultaneous role in postural control and respiration. These muscles finely regulate intra-thoracic and intra-abdominal pressures in order to meet the constantly fluctuating, yet simultaneous demands of postural control, respiration, and internal organ function. This concept provides the cornerstone for the speaker's multi-system approach to evaluating and treating movement dysfunction.  In-depth lab sessions are focused on breathing assessment and retraining skills which can be immediately incorporated into clinical practice. Patient cases (pediatric and adult) will be presented throughout the course to reinforce theoretical concepts. 

 

Course Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • State how the mechanics of breathing and postural control are inter-active and inter-dependent components of normal movement strategies.

  • State how the vocal folds, diaphragm, and the pelvic floor are related to each other for breathing, postural control, upper- and lower-extremity function as well as their relationship to their obvious roles in talking, breathing and continence.

  • Describe the multiple, simultaneous roles of the diaphragm as related to breathing, postural control, gastroesophageal reflux, constipation, and venous return.

  • Integrate the pulmonary system into a multi-system physical and physiologic evaluation approach to motor impairments from a wide range of conditions such as shoulder injuries, chronic pain, limited endurance, balance impairments, etc.

  • Apply theoretical concepts to multiple clinical cases.

  • Demonstrate your ability to visually assess breathing patterns for patients in a variety of postures (standing, sitting, supine, sidelying, etc.).Demonstrate the ability to change a breathing pattern through optimal positioning, ventilatory strategies, and manual techniques and state when it would be appropriate for your caseload.

Click here for the course brochure.

*14 contact hours awarded

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Approved for 1.4 CEUs/14 Contact Hours by the CPTA, #15-440
This conference is offered for 1.4 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate Level, Professional Area)


Sharpening your Skills in Ayres Sensory Integration: Applying the ASI Fidelity Measure to Enhance Intervention and Outcomes

Presented by Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Hawthorne, New York (45 minutes from New York City) on November 6-7, 2015

With the growing awareness of the sensory differences that are common in conditions such as autism, attention problems and learning disabilities, the interest in sensory integration has grown substantially in recent times. Although sensory integration has been a vital theoretical framework and intervention approach for occupational therapists since it was first developed by Dr. A. Jean Ayres, in the 1960s, there has been some confusion over time about this important work.

Professionals who aim to incorporate ASI into their intervention programs, as well as those who refer parents to these services will benefit from increasing their understanding and clarity of the essential elements for this important therapeutic framework.

During this workshop, participants will study the essential elements of ASI as delineated in the Fidelity Measure and learn to refine and clarify their own practice, as well as to be more effective in referring families to appropriate services.

 

Who Should Attend?

Professionals interested in sensory integration as part of their own therapeutic programs, as well as those who teach students or mentor other therapists about this approach. In addition, those who refer families will benefit from increased clarity about “what is” and what is not” the ASI framework. 

Click here for the course brochure. 

*10.5 contact hours/1.05 CEUs awarded.


Get Ready To Learn

Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR, RYT

October 1-2, 2015
The Faculty Club, University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California

Recently featured on ABC's World News Tonight, Get Ready To Learn is a researched classroom yoga curriculum that PREPARES students of all abilities for learning.  Introduced in NYC classrooms of students with special needs in 2008, the program has spread throughout the US and abroad. It is now being used daily in mainstream, integrated and special needs classrooms.

The program helps to reduce stress, focus attention, enhance performance and improve behaviors in the classroom and beyond.

The curriculum uses a 5 part traditional yoga practice which incorporates developmental and sensory-motor levels to optimally prepare students of all ages for learning. 

Get Ready To Learn starts the day in classrooms around the country.  The program is currently in schools in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and introduced in London in 2010, and Canada in 2013!

Click here for course brochure.

*11.5 CEUs awarded. 


Calm, Cool & Connected - Parents and Professionals

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 the 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. Learning self-regulation strategies to implement with children you work with may be the single most useful tool you can give your families!

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!

Click here for learning objectives.

Please note this workshop is intended for family members as well as professionals.  A 'professionals only' self-regulation workshop is being offered on Saturday, March 7, which will include in-depth topic discussions and time for case analysis.  Please see below.

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 the 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:

Professionals and parents who work with or have children and adolescents facing challenges with self regulation. 

*This course is considered introductory for clinicians.  4.5 CEUs awarded.


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

Description:

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. 

The course material is considered introductory.  4.5 CEUs will be awarded. 


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.  

Please click here for learning objectives and workshop agenda.


Get Ready To Learn

Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR, RYT
Santa Barbara, California on October 3-4, 2014.

Get Ready To Learn is a researched classroom yoga curriculum that PREPARES students of all abilities for learning.  Introduced in NYC classrooms of students with special needs in 2008, the program has spread throughout the US and abroad. It is now being used daily in mainstream, integrated and special needs classrooms.

The program helps to reduce stress, focus attention, enhance performance and improve behaviors in the classroom and beyond.

The curriculum uses a 5 part traditional yoga practice which incorporates developmental and sensory-motor levels to optimally prepare students of all ages for learning. 

Get Ready To Learn starts the day in classrooms around the country.  The program is currently in schools in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and introduced in London in 2010, and Canada in 2013! 

 

Click here to view the course brochure.


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

Presented by Danette Bonfield Piantanida, MA, CCC-SLP
Atascadero, California on September 19, 2014

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?

Speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, counselors, educators, administrators, and other health care professionals working with children and adolescents who face challenges with social interactions.

Upon completion Professionals will:

  • Have an educational packet of materials and be able to implement individual or group social skills training in clinic, school and community settings.

  • Have knowledge of how to facilitate social skill groups and train families for carryover and generalization.

  • Receive a certificate of completion for 6.75 contact hours.

Please click here for course objectives and course agenda


Communicating Concepts in Sensory Integration
With Dr. Zoe Mailloux

A look at the basics, an extended session for professionals.

Please join us for a unique opportunity to hear Dr. Zoe Mailloux discuss concepts in Sensory Integration with parents and professionals together in this interactive workshop.  This complex framework will be explained in a simpler language for parents and other individuals living and working with special needs children. There will be a 'professionals only' portion at the end of the day with opportunity for case analysis and further discussion.  Please click here for course agenda. Professionals will receive a certificate of completion for 6.25 contact hours. 

Registration fee is $75, breakfast and lunch is included.

Registration starts at 8:30.  Course for professionals is from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

When? Friday July 11, 2014. Registration starts at 8:30, workshop is from 9-4. Breakfast and lunch provided.

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

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


Pediatric Massage for All Children


Presented by Mary Gengler Fuhr, OTR/L, RYT, CEIM
San Luis Obispo, California on May 2, 2014

In this interactive and relaxing class, participants learned why touch and massage are crucial for all children and how to provide massage and other touch/pressure techniques.  Modifications for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders, sensory processing issues, developmental disabilities, and neuro-motor conditions were presented. Through power point presentation, discussion, and hands-on practice with each other and a doll, participants gained the basic knowledge and skills necessary to safely provide infant and pediatric massage.  This introductory level course is appropriate for occupational therapists, physical therapists, massage therapists and other professionals working with children with special needs.

Participants learned:

  • Benefits of pediatric massage including improved: sleep, relationships, communication and movement

  • Contraindications - conditions and situations that require modifications

  • Positioning and environmental preparation

  • Massage strokes for legs, stomach, chest, arms and back

Click here for a complete list of course objectives.

Click here to view the course brochure.

To view Mary’s bio and additional information please visit our Speakers page.

Thank you Mary and all of our attendees!


Get Ready To Learn


Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR, RYT
Avila Beach, California on April 4-5, 2014.

Get Ready To Learn is a researched classroom yoga curriculum that PREPARES students of all abilities for learning.  Introduced in NYC classrooms of students with special needs in 2008, the program has spread throughout the US and abroad. It is now being used daily in mainstream, integrated and special needs classrooms.

The program helps to reduce stress, focus attention, enhance performance and improve behaviors in the classroom and beyond.

The curriculum uses a 5 part traditional yoga practice which incorporates developmental and sensory-motor levels to optimally prepare students of all ages for learning. 

Get Ready To Learn starts the day in classrooms around the country.  The program is currently in schools in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Vermont, Virginia, and introduced in London in 2010, and Canada in 2013! 

Thank you Anne and all of our attendees!


Yoga Therapy for the Child with Developmental Challenges

Presented by Anne Buckley-Reen
Avila Beach, California on May 17-18, 2013

This DYNAMIC workshop shared clinically tested individual yoga therapy protocols as well as the therapeutic use of specific yoga modalities and modifications for children of all ages. This program highlighted the use of YOGA therapy for INDIVIDUAL treatment sessions and strategies for the most challenging clients. Through experimental labs participants focused on the physical, regulatory, physiological, sensory-motor and emotional benefits of specific therapeutic yoga postures, breath-work and relaxation techniques. Breath and sound and relaxation exercises to enhance regulation, endurance and organization were highlighted. Clinical care analysis demonstrated the therapeutic benefits of each sequence with children challenged by:

•Degenerative conditions •Autism •PDD •Anxiety disorders•LD •Motor planning issues •ADD/ADHD •General Development issues

 Thank you Anne and all of our attendees for making this an amazing course.



Sensory Integration and Autism - Presented by Zoe Mailloux, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
October 11-12, 2013 in San Luis Obispo, California

Friday October 11th Workshop (6 Contact Hours / 7.5 PDUs)
This workshop builds on the original work of Dr. A. Jean Ayres and the current literature on ASD from inside and outside occupational therapy. The aim of the workshop is to enhance the therapist’s understanding of the challenges of children, adolescents, and adults with ASD, and their ability to develop sensory based interventions that will support and enhance occupational performance and quality of life.

Friday October 11th Workshop and Saturday October 12th Case Discussion (9 Contact Hours / 11.25 PDUs)
This option includes the Friday Workshop plus the Saturday Case Discussion which provides a chance to discuss specific cases and ask questions with Dr. Mailloux.  This problem solving session allows for more in depth case analysis.  Case information with videos and test scores are encouraged.

Click here to view the course agenda.

Thank you Zoe and attendees for another great event. 

 The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.