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OT For Kidz provides  NYSOTA approved continuing education courses! 



Trainings you shouldn't miss! We only come around once a year!

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March  29, 2020

A Guide for Occupational Therapists & Educators

Understanding how Visual Disorders Interfere with Reading, Learning and Attention


Registration/Introduction Time: 9:30 am

Lecture Time:  10 am- 2 pm


It is important to know that it is still possible to have vision difficulty, even if a child sees 20/20 on the eyechart. The 20/20 test measures clarity of sight at a distance. Yet the vision system is a dynamic and complex system involving much more than simply seeing 20/20! Many children can still have poor eye movements (difficulty scanning along lines of print when reading), poor convergence or binocular skills (difficulty coordinating the two eyes) and/or have poor visual-perceptual processing skills (difficulty understanding visually presented information).  Children with these difficulties will often struggle needlessly in school, and may be labeled as lazy, unmotivated, AD(H)D or learning disabled. 


Presenters: Dr. Michele Bessler  a popular speaker for PESI. She is a developmental optometrist; board certified in Vision Development & Vision Therapy by the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. She received her Doctorate in Optometry from the State University of NY State College of Optometry in 1991, and completed a residency in Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation from SUNY College of Optometry in 1992. Dr. Bessler was Assistant Clinical Professor at SUNY College of Optometry for twelve years, teaching optometry students in the Pediatric, Vision Therapy and Learning Disability Clinics. She has also worked extensively as clinic supervisor for the Vision Clinic for Children with Special Needs at the University Optometric Center, working with children struggling with a variety of developmental and medical challenges. As the owner and director of Long Island Optometric Vision Development, PLLC, Dr. Bessler provides developmental vision care for both children and adults. She has been in practice for over  twenty years and lectures extensively on vision therapy for learning related vision disorders, and on the visual effects of acquired head trauma and their remediation. Dr. Bessler is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association (NORA), American Optometric Association (AOA), NY State Optometric Association (NYSOA), Optometric Extension Program (OEP) and Parents Active for Vision Education (P.A.V.E.).


Target Participants for Counselors: OT, COTA, Teachers, Paraprofessionals, PT, PTA and other pediatric Developmentalist 

Educational Level: Beginners-Advanced

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Sun

June 2, 2019


The Sensory Processing and Nutrition Connection and their Link to Behavior and Learning

(Discounted Limited Seats open to parents)


Registration/Introduction Time: 8:30 am

Lecture Time: 9:00 am-2:00 pm 


Welcome Back to N.Y. Kelly Dorfman, author of "What's Eating your Child" . This workshop focuses on developing a clear understanding of the various types of sensory processing dysfunctions that relates to behavior and learning and their direct connection with nutrition. This workshop are for those clinicians and professionals who work with children who may be diagnosed with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorders and other developmental disorders. Lecture is supported and based on the proven concept that the food we eat directly affects how the brain functions! Develop further understanding of how insufficient nutrients, poor diet or a more than often undetected food allergy/intolerance plays a fundamental role of the “why” a child may tantrum, have mood swings, present with poor attention/focus, be a picky eater, have a poor sleeping regime, etc.

Professional participants will receive certificate of completion reflecting hours of participation and completion of evaluation survey. Earn 4.25 contact hours 


Target Participants: OT, COTA, Speech Therapists, Psychologists, Teachers and other Pediatric Developmental Specialists

Educational Level: Beginners-Advanced


Presenters: Kelly Dorfman, MS, LN, LD, is a health program planner and nutritionist with over 20 years of clinical experience. She specializes in developing strategies to address complex medical problems from autism to bone loss to rare genetic disorders. Physicians refer cases to her for insight when traditional methods fail. Because of doctor referrals and positive word of mouth, she has a successful practice with an international clientele. Kelly's special talent for integrating information from many sources and finding practical solutions has created a great demand for her as a speaker and workshop leader. She has led workshops or lectured in over 20 cities. She is co-fonder of the nonprofit organization, Developmental Delay Resources (DDR), which she educates parents, teachers, and health professionals who deal with children with attention, behavior, and cognitive challenges using nondrug interventions that address the root causes of these conditions. She is one of the world’s foremost experts on using nutrition therapeutically to improve brain function, energy and mood. She works collaboratively with other medical professionals and after identifying core issues she employs tried-and-true strategies grounded in research to attain the best results over time. Kelly sits on the advisory board of several national organizations and served, by governor appointment, for four years on the Maryland Board of Dietetic Practice. She has been featured on numerous television programs including CNN’s American Morning. One of Kelly’s special interests is children. Her award winning book, Cure Your Child With Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments. Kelly is frequently interviewed and quoted in the media. She has been featured in articles in The Wall Street Journal, Parade, Bethesda Magazine and Living Without magazine, among others. 


Learning experiences will also be facilitated by Paula Stewart, MS,OTR/L and Christine Grant, MS, OTR/L who are also the owners of OT For Kidz. Both Paula and Christine are both occupational therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience and have been lecturing for many years in the field of pediatrics . They are SIPT certified clinicians which is an advanced national certification in the evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD). Both Paula and Christine have worked with people of all ages, however, their passion for working with children with special needs has made them highly recognized and respected clinicians in the specialty area of pediatrics. Between the two they have treated hundreds of children in private practices as well as in various public sectors such as for the NYS early intervention program, NYC Department of Education, in special needs preschools, in homes, hospitals, etc. Besides SIPT certified clinician which is an advanced national certification in the evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) between the both, they hold certifications in the Integrated Listening System (iLs), Integrative Metronome (IM) specialist and has been integrating their knowledge in reflex integration, auditory/visual processing and nutritional strategies.  Paula also is bobath certified and works as an adjunct professor at CUNY's only OT program, York College .  Christine continues to be involved in guest speaking engagements for collegiate institutions and has been earned multiple awards for her outstanding commitment in community involvement.

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Mon-Fri

8/10-8/14/20

Sensory Integration Intensive Program: Kidz in Motion 5-day training

For Therapists and Other Developmentalists


Monday - Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm​ 

Orientation (Saturday 8/8/19 - Refer to Application for time)


This 5-Full day program combines an exciting "camp-like" environment that provides an "INTENSIVE" sensory integration treatment approach for children ages 4-11 with special needs. Changing the nervous system at a quicker pace requires increase frequency, duration and intensity of sensory input!! Children participate in a broad range of fun-filled activities designed to have a therapeutic benefit. This is combined with occupational therapy utilizing the sensory integration theory and strategies with the underlying understanding of plasticity of the brain. A limited number of participants who are interested will have the opportunity to experience hands-on learning using many dynamic strategies for working with children with special needs. Hands-on learning time combined with formal learning time together average 8 hours per day with an additional orientation day. Includes therapeutic horse-riding, aquatic activities, reflex integration and so much more! Participants earn 41 contact hours. Learning activities will include opportunities for both formal (lectures) and practical experiences.    


Presenters: Learning experiences will be facilitated by Paula Stewart, MS,OTR/L and Christine Grant, MS, OTR/L who are also the owners of OT For Kidz. Both Paula and Christine are both occupational therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience and have been lecturing for many years in the field of pediatrics . They are SIPT certified clinicians which is an advanced national certification in the evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD). Both Paula and Christine have worked with people of all ages, however, their passion for working with children with special needs has made them highly recognized and respected clinicians in the specialty area of pediatrics. Between the two they have treated hundreds of children in private practices as well as in various public sectors such as for the NYS early intervention program, NYC Department of Education, in special needs preschools, in homes, hospitals, etc. Besides SIPT certified clinician which is an advanced national certification in the evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) between the both, they hold certifications in the Integrated Listening System (iLs), Integrative Metronome (IM) specialist and Therapeutic Listening.  This along with their knowledge of Sensory Integration, Reflex Integration, Therapeutic Handling & Massage, Neuronet, Oculo-motor/functional vision, auditory processing  amongst others is integrated into the Kidz in Motion Intensive Sensory Integration program.  Paula also is Bobath certified and works as an adjunct professor at CUNY's only OT program, York College . Christine continues to be involved in guest speaking engagements for collegiate institutions and has been earned multiple awards for her outstanding commitment in community involvements.


Target Participants for Counselors: OT, COTA, PT, PTA, Teachers, psychologists and other pediatric Developmentalist of a Bachelors Degree in a Related Field

Educational Level: Beginners-Advanced


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TBA

iLs - Integrated Listening Systems


OT For Kidz Hosting iLs Training!

REGISTRATION MUST BE DONE DIRECTLY WITH iLs. 


This is a Full day training. iLs is based on the fact that we can change our brain – we can essentially re-wire it through specific and repeated stimulation, a concept known as neuroplasticity.  As in building strength and endurance with physical exercise, we are able to build neurological pathways and synaptic activity at any age. We train for brain/body integration through a staged approach, starting with the fundamentals of sensory integration and then extending through more complex cognitive functions, including language, self-expression and social skills. The iLs methodology integrates music, movement and language exercises for the purpose of improving brain function.  The programs are designed to be fun, and may be used on their own or in conjunction with other methods.


Target Participants for Counselors: OT, COTA, Speech Therapists, {sychologists, Teachers, PT, PTA, and other pediatric Developmentalist

Educational Level: Beginners-Advanced

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Sun

TBA

CLOSED

Registration/Introduction Time: 7:30-8:00 am

Lecture: 8 am-5 pm (Full-Day)


The Focus is on how to conduct a pediatric evaluation which includes the proper use of the Peabody Developmental Motor Scales (PDMS-2). A beginners to intermediate course. Experience hands-on extensive training in how to administer, score and analyze young children in Early Intervention, CPSE and CSE. This workshop is geared towards the OT and OTAs but not exclusive! This workshop covers a review of the central nervous system and its connection with sensory processing deficits and overall motor skills. We will cover the parent interview process: the what and why questions and how it impacts your analysis of your child! How do you conduct an evaluation when the child just can't focus or sit still!! 


Target Audiences: OT, COTA, PT, PTA & other Pediatric Developmentalist Educational Level: Beginners

Participants will receive certificate of completion reflecting hours of participation and completion of evaluation survey.

Earn 7.5 hours/.0750 CEUs.


Presenters: Learning experiences will be facilitated by Paula Stewart, MS,OTR/L and Christine Grant, MS, OTR/L who are also the owners of OT For Kidz. Both Paula and Christine are both occupational therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience and have been lecturing for many years in the field of pediatrics . They are fieldtesters to assist in standardizing standardized assessment tools DAYC-2 (published) and the PDMS-3 (not yet published). Both Paula and Christine have worked with people of all ages, however, their passion for working with children with special needs has made them highly recognized and respected clinicians in the specialty area of pediatrics. Between the two they have treated hundreds of children in private practices as well as in various public sectors such as for the NYS early intervention program, NYC Department of Education, in special needs preschools, in homes, hospitals, etc. Besides SIPT certified clinician which is an advanced national certification in the evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) between the both, they hold certifications in the Integrated Listening System (iLs), Integrative Metronome (IM) specialist and Therapeutic Listening. This along with their knowledge of Sensory Integration, Reflex Integration, Therapeutic Handling & Massage, Neuronet, Oculo-motor/functional vision, auditory processing amongst others is integrated into the Kidz in Motion Intensive Sensory Integration program. Paula also is Bobath certified and works as an adjunct professor at CUNY's only OT program, York College . Christine continues to be involved in guest speaking engagements for collegiate institutions and has been earned multiple awards for her outstanding commitment in community involvements.

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Sun

TBA

Putting the Pieces Together: OT Pediatric Evaluation

Creating the Report and IEP Part 2

Registration Time: 3:45-4:00 pm

Lecture Time: 4:00 pm-8:00 pm 


In this workshop each participant will derive scores using video presentation of child using the PDMS-2 and writing up an evaluation report based on the results! This is not a beginners course. It is highly recommended to take part I as a pre-requisite

Target Audiences: OT, COTA, PT, PTA & other Pediatric Developmentalist Educational Level: Beginners

Participants will receive certificate of completion reflecting hours of participation and completion of evaluation survey.

Earn 3.75 hours


Presenter: Learning experiences will be facilitated by Paula Stewart, MS,OTR/L and Christine Grant, MS, OTR/L who are also the owners of OT For Kidz. Both Paula and Christine are both occupational therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience and have been lecturing for many years in the field of pediatrics . They are fieldtesters to assist in standardizing standardized assessment tools  DAYC-2 (published)  and the PDMS-3 (not yet published).  Both Paula and Christine have worked with people of all ages, however, their passion for working with children with special needs has made them highly recognized and respected clinicians in the specialty area of pediatrics. Between the two they have treated hundreds of children in private practices as well as in various public sectors such as for the NYS early intervention program, NYC Department of Education, in special needs preschools, in homes, hospitals, etc. Besides SIPT certified clinician which is an advanced national certification in the evaluation and treatment of Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) between the both, they hold certifications in the Integrated Listening System (iLs), Integrative Metronome (IM) specialist and Therapeutic Listening. This along with their knowledge of Sensory Integration, Reflex Integration, Therapeutic Handling & Massage, Neuronet, Oculo-motor/functional vision, auditory processing amongst others is integrated into the Kidz in Motion Intensive Sensory Integration program. Paula also is Bobath certified and works as an adjunct professor at CUNY's only OT program, York College . Christine continues to be involved in guest speaking engagements for collegiate institutions and has been earned multiple awards for her outstanding commitment in community involvements.

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Facility is wheelchair accessible. Contact us for any special needs request upon registration. 

Contact hours earned for OT and COTAs in all workshops

NYSOTA  

"......organizations offering coursework or training to licensed occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants must meet the following criteria: A sponsor of coursework or training that is approved by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT), or the New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA),......"

www.AOTA.org

- OT Renewing License : "....During each triennial registration period an applicant for registration as an occupational therapist shall complete a minimum of thirty-six hours of learning activities which contribute to continuing competence as specified in subdivision four of this section, provided further that at least twenty-four hours shall be in areas of study pertinent to the scope of practice of occupational therapy...".

- OTA Renewing License: "....During each triennial registration period an applicant for registration as an occupational therapy assistant shall complete a minimum of thirty-six hours of learning activities which contribute to continuing competence as specified in subdivision four of this section, provided further that at least twenty-four hours shall be in recognized areas of study pertinent to the licensee's professional scope of practice of occupational therapy..."

- "... Such learning activities shall include, but not be limited to, collegiate level credit and non-credit courses, self-study activities, independent study, formal mentoring activities, publications in professional journals, professional development programs and technical sessions; such learning activities may be offered and sponsored by national, state and local professional associations and other organizations or parties acceptable to the department, and any other organized educational and technical learning activities acceptable to the department.

- Participants will receive certificate of completion reflecting hours of participation & completion of evaluation survey. Classification Code 1-OT Domain and 2-OT Process. 

AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Areas of Occupation (i.e.Performance Skills)

                                                              Category 2: Occupational Process (i.e. Evaluation, Intervention and Outcomes)

                                                             Category 3: Occupational Education (i.e. Educational Outcomes)