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School-Based Intensive for Occupational Therapy Practitioners - Online (Pacific Time)
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3/19/2020 to 3/20/2020
When: March 19-20, 2020
8:30 am-5:00 pm Pacific Time
Where: Now Livestreamed via Zoom Video Conferencing
United States
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637


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Program Outline

This "hybrid" intensive training course will support the clinician to gain an advanced understanding of sensory processing and integration theory, the STAR frame of reference adapted for the schools, evaluation, and various strategies of intervention. The clinician will learn to apply clinical reasoning through lectures, video treatment observation and analysis with experienced STAR faculty. The course will end with an opportunity for each clinician to develop an action plan to take back to their own practice.

5 hours of recorded course content will be made available online 3 weeks in advance and is a required prerequisite for attending the in-person portion of the program March 19-20, 2020.

Download a copy of the full course agenda here
This course will now be held via Zoom Video Conferencing March 19-20, 2020, during the same times noted on the agenda 
(Pacific Time)


Online Content:

  • Introduction: Background information on sensory processing from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller
  • Frame of Reference: Even when the primary focus of intervention is sensory, the STAR Frame of Reference advocates for a continuous assessment of regulation, and relationships, in the context of mutable environments, social-emotional development, and attention.
  • PROCESS for schools: Introduction to the STAR Treatment Model: The integration of basic principles of sensory integration intervention based on Ayres' original theory and advanced treatment using our clinical reasoning methodology.
  • Research: An overview of SPD research from STAR Institute and the SPD Scientific Work Group as well as applicable research to school setting.
  • Sensory Processing and Integration: Discuss the necessity of integrated sensory systems to development as well as create an understanding of SPD and the SPD subtypes.
  • Regulation: Foundational to development, regulation will be defined and explored.
  • Relationship: What therapist will do to facilitate, cultivate, strengthen strong, healthy therapist/child, child/teacher, therapist/teacher relationships to support desired outcomes.

In-Person Content:

Day 1:

  • Differential Diagnoses of Subtypes: What do the different subtypes of SPD look like in the academic setting? What are the sensory principles of treatment for each?
  • Assessment: How to review existing data, interview and observe, complete clinical evaluation, formulate a hypothesis, and synthesize and analyze.

Day 2:

  • Write-ups: How to write a participation focused evaluation that connects what was seen in the evaluation to the concerns in the classroom.
  • IEP Process: Use of Goal Attainment Scaling to develop goals, outline service delivery, define accommodations, and develop a data collection system to evaluate treatment effectiveness.
  • A SECRET: Become skilled in the use of this problem-solving tool that helps explain the complexity of OT clinical reasoning to other providers.
  • Treatment: How to develop a customized approach for specific sensory challenges your student experiences.
  • Appreciative inquiry: Follow a process for facilitating positive change in your own environment.

Download a copy of the full course agenda here
This course will now be held via Zoom Video Conferencing March 19-20, 2020, during the same times noted on the agenda 
(Pacific Time)


Faculty

Robyn C. Chu, MOT, OTR/L
Faculty, STAR Institute for SPD
Robyn is founder and director of Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services, located in El Dorado County, California. She brings over 11 years of diverse clinical experience and a passion for helping others. Robyn began her career at Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento, and later became the Lead Occupational Therapist for the El Dorado County Office of Education. She has advanced training in Sensory Integration Therapy, completing mentorships and fellowships with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller at STAR Institute in Colorado.

Robyn has been working in the California school system for 14 years, both working directly for the office of education and as a subcontractor. Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services contracts into over 20 school districts and charter schools. Robyn oversees the school-based services provided by 40 therapists, including occupational therapists, physical therapists, assistive technology specialists, and speech and language pathologists.

Robyn has spent the last 8 years of her career dedicated to growing her private practice, which is now includes a state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary therapy practice nestled on 3.5 acres in the Sierra Nevada Foothills and a satellite location in Davis. She has also serves as a Private Practice Consultant, supporting other growing therapy practices. As the director of Growing Healthy Children, Robyn has supported many families from around the world and mentored therapists across California. Over the years, Robyn has taught workshops to parents, teachers, and therapists and has guest-lectured at universities. She helped standardize the Miller Functional and Participation Scales, the GOAL assessment, and is now working on the SP3D. She also serves as a consultant for research teams at UCSF and Stanford. Robyn recently published a set of 10 Sensory Motor Activity Books to support families and therapists around the world. She also developed “The Gardening Game: A Learn and Grow Kit for OT” in order to encourage motor development and social skills.

 

Cost
The full tuition for this program is $640.
This includes both the online and in-person sections.
 

Group Discounts

Register 3 or more participants in a group and automatically receive a discount of $25 off each person's tuition fee!
To take advantage, please:

  • Send the names of all participants in your group to Caraly Walker at caraly.walker@spdstar.org
  • Once at least 3 registrations are received, the invoices will be adjusted with the discount
  • Each participant may pay online by credit card or send a check
  • Groups must be determined and paid in full before the start of the course

Group Discounts only apply to the Course Bundle (online + in-person attendance), not online or in-person only


Who Should Attend
This intensive training program is designed for occupational therapy practitioners at all levels to enhance diagnostic and clinical reasoning skills. Courses will typically be limited to 35 participants so each person can receive individualized training.


Learning Objectives

The objective of STAR Institute's Sensory Processing Intensive for School-Based Occupational Therapy Practitioners is to provide participants with a basic comprehension of sensory processing theory and the ability to:

  • Explain how the three areas of sensory, relationships, and regulation can support students in each of the three tiers of RTI
  • Administer a variety of assessment tools to evaluate children with SPD in the school settings
  • Utilize a multifaceted approach to sensory processing and integration that includes consultation, accommodations and modifications, and remedial direct support services
  • Synthesize information in an OT assessment, write IEP’s, and collaborate effectively with student’s team
  • Use clinical reasoning tools for intervention developed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Dr. Sarah A. Schoen
  • Observe client session videos, analyze through clinical reasoning, and discuss treatment planning
  • Receive group processing/supervision guided by faculty level clinicians from the STAR Institute


Continuing Education
STAR Institute for SPD is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Approximately 14 Professional Contact Hours (1.4 CEUs) are awarded for full completion of this program. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Participants receive credential certificates documenting completion of the specialized training in SPD.

 


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