27-Mar-2020 8:00 AM - 28-Mar-2020 4:00 PM
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Markham
300 Commence Valley Dr. East
Thornhill, Ontario L3T 7X3
Canada

Sensory processing and sensory-based interventions for children

Online

Friday, March 27, 2020 and Saturday, March 28, 2020 
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)


This two-day interactive workshop explores sensory processing, sensory assessments, sensory-based interventions and strengths-based coaching approaches that you can utilize with children with neurodevelopmental disorders who experience sensory processing challenges* (including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) to enhance their occupational performance and participation. The first day of the workshop will highlight the different sensory systems and best practice for sensory processing assessment and interventions for occupational therapists. You will learn core concepts of solution-focused coaching (SFC) to improve your communication in effectively coaching parents and caregivers. The second day will focus on BEST (Body, Emotional, Sensory, Thinking) evidence-based interventions to improve occupational performance and participation for children with sensory processing differences in various occupations, including play, feeding, sleep, self-care, school readiness and participation in family routines and activities. Small group activities, case studies, practice opportunities, ongoing reflection and discussion will be utilized.

*Please note that the presenter’s clinical experience is primarily with autism spectrum disorder and that the case studies/videos used will focus on autism spectrum disorder. The sensory systems, sensory processing assessments and interventions, as well as the solution-focused coaching approaches can be applied to children who present with sensory processing challenges.

Preliminary workshop agenda

Day 1

8:00-9:30

Defining sensory processing
The 8 sensory systems

9:30-9:45

Morning break

9:45-12:00

Challenging behaviours: caused by sensory processing, behaviour or anxiety?
Terminology for sensory processing challenges
Differentiating Ayres Sensory Integration™ (ASI™) and Sensory-Based Interventions (SBIs)
Review of occupational therapy practice guidelines and frameworks for sensory integration and sensory processing

12:00-1:00

Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:45

Identification and selection of appropriate sensory processing assessments and outcome measures

2:45-3:00

Afternoon break

3:00-4:00

Introduction of core concepts of solution-focused coaching to develop collaborate relationships, client and family-centred goals as well as evidence-based intervention plans
Introduction and review of a Solution-Focused Communication Guide for Use in Allied Health Practice

Day 2

8:00-9:30

Introduction and review of a Sensory Solutions Guide to use with families, caregivers and teachers.

BEST (Body, Emotional, Sensory, Thinking) principles model for evidence-based interventions for sensory differences in children

BEST interventions for feeding

10:00-10:15

Morning break

10:15-12:00

BEST interventions for play

BEST interventions for sleep

12:00-1:00

Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:45

BEST interventions for self-care activities

BEST interventions for participation in family routines and activities

2:45-3:00

Afternoon break

3:00-4:00

BEST interventions for school readiness


Learning objectives

By the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Explain sensory processing and the eight sensory systems.
  2. Distinguish whether the source of challenging behaviours is anxiety, sensory processing differences or behaviour-based.
  3. Select appropriate occupational therapy assessments and outcome measures for sensory processing that meet individualized occupational performance and participation goals.
  4. Implement core concepts of solution-focused communication with parents and caregivers.
  5. Select and implement specific evidence-based intervention strategies for the following occupations: feeding, play, sleep, self-care, school readiness, and optimal participation in family routines and activities.

Target audience

Occupational therapists and occupational therapist assistants (OTAs) who wish to further their skills and clinical reasoning in providing sensory-based interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders who experience sensory processing challenges. Participants are expected to have prior knowledge and experience related to children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Speech-language pathologists and other allied health professionals are also welcome to attend.

Please note: Each participant is responsible to ensure they apply the information within the context of their licensure, provincial/territorial legislations, institution regulations, scope of practice, etc. 

Areas of practice

Cognitive

Client age groups

Young children (0-4 years), children (5-12 years), adolescents (13-19 years) 

Workshop level

Intermediate (3-5 years of experience with children with neurodevelopmental disorders)

Please note: Participants with more or less than this stated level of experience are welcome to attend the workshop. The workshop content will be geared towards those with 3-5 years of experience.

Presenter

Moira Pena, OT Reg. (Ont.)

Moira Pena, BScOT, MOT, OT Reg. (Ont.) is an experienced occupational therapist who has dedicated her career to supporting individuals who experience sensory processing, behavioural and emotional challenges. She holds training credentials from the STAR (Sensory Therapies and Research) Center in Denver, Colorado, USA, the premier clinic for the treatment of children and adolescents with sensory processing challenges. Moira uses Solution-Focused Coaching (SFC) principles in her practice with kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other developmental delays at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto. She is an Expert Hub Team member of the ECHO Ontario Autism Program which aims to further develop pediatricians’ skills to screen, diagnose and manage children and youth with ASD in Ontario. Moira has given several workshops to parents, teachers, pediatricians and other health care professionals and is a regular guest lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.

Registration fees:
Early bird rates: Registration and payment completed by December 18, 2019

 

CAOT Members and Associates

Non member*

Workshop registration fee

$450

$675

Workshop registration fee, including optional On-Demand Practice Evidence Webinar “New perspectives in our understanding of autism spectrum disorder” (from August 20, 2019, sent approximately one month prior to the workshop)

$475

$725

Plus applicable taxes

Regular rates: Registration and payment completed between December 19, 2019 and March 11, 2020

 

CAOT Members and Associates

Non member*

Workshop registration fee

$500

$750

Workshop registration fee, including optional On-Demand Practice Evidence Webinar “New perspectives in our understanding of autism spectrum disorder” (from August 20, 2019, sent approximately one month prior to the workshop)

$525

$800

Plus applicable taxes

Please note that for the 2019-2020 workshops, CAOT has reduced the registration fee for all registrants instead of offering a group rate. When available, CAOT offers late registration for workshops at the regular rate plus a $50 administration fee. We will only be able to accommodate if there is sufficient space.

Registration deadline: March 11, 2020

*In many cases it would be more cost effective to become a CAOT Member or Associate rather than pay the non-member rate. See “Can a non-member register for a Workshop?” in our Workshop FAQ to know which membership category you are eligible for. 

Included in your registration fee:

Two-day workshop, electronic copy of presentation slide handouts, coffee/tea/water during mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks, opportunity to network and make connections with other occupational therapists interested in this topic, one-hour Q&A webinar with the presenter approximately 1 month following the workshop, electronic certificate of attendance.

The Workshop registration fee has been reduced by $80 by not including lunch and snacks. Lunch and snacks are to be done on your own.

Maximum number of registrants:  
50

Save the date:
Q&A Webinar

TBD

Workshop location:
Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Markham
300 Commerce Valley Dr. East
Thornhill, ON  LL3T 7X3
https://hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/ontario/hilton-garden-inn-toronto-markham-YYZMAGI/index.html

Cancellation/refund policy:
All cancellation/refund requests must be sent in writing to education@caot.ca. Cancellation requests received due to personal or family medical reasons (doctor's note required) prior to March 11, 2020 will be given a full refund minus $50.00 administrative fee or after March 11, 2020 will be given a 50% refund. Cancellation requests for any other reason received prior to March 11, 2020 will be given a 50% refund or received after March 11, 2020 will be provided no refund. Substitutions are permitted, subject to a $50.00 administrative fee. 

CAOT reserves the right to modify the workshop title, description, preliminary agenda, registration dates and information on the workshop webpage. CAOT will notify participants on or before February 14, 2020 if there is insufficient registration by that date and reserves the right to cancel a Workshop due to insufficient registration up until February 28, 2020. CAOT reserves the right to modify the offering, interrupt Workshops, change the timing of a Workshop, cancel a Workshop or change the location of a Workshop due to the presenter no longer being able to present the Workshop, severe weather, power failure, building closures or other special circumstances that are beyond the control of CAOT by notifying participants as soon as possible. If the Workshop is cancelled by CAOT, registrants will receive a full refund of the registration fee. CAOT will not be responsible for other costs or expenses incurred by registrants as a result of any such changes.

Additional questions?
If you would like to inquire on accessibility options available to you, please contact education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222.

If you would like to attend this workshop in another location, please complete this brief survey to let us know. Please note that the registration fee may vary from one location to another as there are different costs involved.

We invite you to consult the Workshop FAQ for an immediate response to the most frequent questions we receive regarding Workshops. Please do not hesitate to contact us at education@caot.ca or 1-800-434-2268 ext. 222 should you have additional questions or concerns.

 

 

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