Find the underlying causes of challenging behavior and improve functional outcomes by assessing and treating visual and vestibular disorders, motor challenges, and specific diagnosis. Participants will learn how to effectively communicate with teachers and caregivers, and create comprehensive treatment plans to be used in multiple domains of the child’s life.
- CEU DETAILS
This workshop will focus on the underlying causes of challenging behavior that impact performance and functional outcomes. Clinicians will learn how to differentiate between the sensory processing problems and the behavioral/emotional problems in order to develop an integrated approach to intervention. We will specifically address visual and vestibular processing disorders that impact social skills and school performance as the key to designing effective, integrated treatment for improved sensory processing, motor skills and behavior. This course will create a paradigm shift and give participants a “new lens” with which they can assess clients. Participants will learn to assess the subtle motor and sensory deficits that may be contributing to attention, learning, motor and behavioral challenges, and most importantly, will learn concrete contextual strategies as well as treatment techniques to apply immediately. Collaborative and consultative approaches will be highlighted to promote function, participation and engagement. Patient Population: Autism, PDD, Developmental Delays, Sensory Processing Disorders and ADHD Infancy through Adult.
Participants will be able to apply course learning immediately to:
- Analyze the role of sensory processing in the development of attention, social skills and visual perception.
- Identify subtle signs of visual-vestibular and other sensory-motor dysfunction.
- Apply integrated assessment techniques and how to develop measurable school and/ or clinic based goals
- Identify red flags that warrant referral to a behavioral vision specialist.
- Develop effective treatment protocols for the clinic, home and school.
- Implement strategies for sharing information with parents and teachers for optimal outcomes.
An accomplished lecturer, Debra Dickson is a pediatric physical therapist, owner of Therapy Works Pediatrics LLC in CT and creator of the clinically acclaimed BEAR HUG vest. Ms. Dickson is NDT certified in pediatrics and has a strong background in sensory processing, nutrition and immune function as they relate to children with developmental disabilities. Together with Anne Buckley-Reen, she developed a program for therapists entitled The Whole Child: S.A.N.E. Strategies for Success. They are currently co-authoring The Whole Child Handbook, which incorporates a multisystem approach to understanding developmental disorders and successful strategies for improving function. Ms. Dickson lectures both locally and nationally and sits on the professional advisory committees of several nonprofit agencies.
"Ms. Dickson did an awesome job of clarifying so many things we see in our children and giving us a clearer understanding of why. After this course, I really feel inspired to implement many of the ideas and strategies into my school programs as well as my home routines. I would definitely recommend this course to other professionals and parents." -Andrea Calabro, Physical Therapist
"Debra's course was well organized, packed with valuable information for assessment, goal setting and treatment. She has tapped into one of the missing links. I highly recommend this course." -Debbie Wilkinson, Physical Therapist
"I came into the conference with an overall understanding of the topic, but Debra helped to expound on that information with specific details on screening, planning and treating. Great job!" -Tony Rubilino, OTR
"This course was wonderful! It was very well presented and informative. Can't wait to share all this new info. I see things in a different light. Thanks so much." -Melissa Evan, OTR
"Best course I've taken in a while! Lots of understandable, practical, and hopefully transferable material to bring back to school-based setting." -J. Bokara, OT
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX 77030
This course meets the criteria for 13 contact hours (1.3 CEUs). Application has been made to the NJ Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. The PA State Board of Physical Therapy and the AZ Board of Physical Therapy accept other state board approvals. TX Physical Therapy Association approved provider.
Approved provider by the NY State Board of Physical Therapy for 15.6 contact hours.
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043, for 13 contact hours - Intermediate Level Occupational Therapy Process: assessment, intervention.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.
This course meets the approval of the TX Board of OT Examiners.
NBCOT professional development provider-13 PDUs.
This course is offered for up to 1.3 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area)