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 Export to Your Calendar 2/21/2020 to 2/22/2020
When: February 21-22, 2020
8:30 am-5:30 pm
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Growing Healthy Children Therapy Services
3498 Green Valley Rd.
Rescue, California  85672
United States
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637


Online registration is available until: 2/17/2020
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Faculty
Cost
Who should attend

Learning Objectives

Continuing Education
Accommodations

Cancellation Policy


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 February 21-22, 2020.

Download a copy of the full course agenda here


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

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. Mrs. Chu brings over 11 years of diverse clinical experience and a passion for helping others. Mrs. Chu 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. Mrs. Chu 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. Mrs. Chu has also serves as a Private Practice Consultant, supporting other growing therapy practices. As the director of Growing Healthy Children, Mrs. Chu has supported many families from around the world and mentored therapists across California. Over the years, Mrs. Chu has taught workshops to parents, teachers, and therapists and has guest-lectured at universities. She is currently on the faculty for the SPD Foundation. She helped standardize the Miller Functional and Participation Scales, the GOAL assessment, and is now working on the SP3D.  Mrs. Chu also serves as a consultant for research teams at UCSF and Stanford. Mrs. Chu 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.

 

Colleen Cameron Whiting, MS, OTR/L
Faculty, STAR Institute for SPD

Colleen has been a practicing school-based occupational therapist since receiving her Master’s Degree from Boston University in 2000.  Her expertise lies in the combination of remedial and compensatory supports for children with sensory processing and regulation issues.  Colleen is passionate about the integration of sensory and relational supports for children. As a clinician, she prides herself on being grounded in engagement with a focus on fun and the goal of improving the quality of life for her students. Colleen has a special interest in working with children who have experienced trauma. She has published two articles in research journals regarding trauma and the role of the school-based occupational therapist. She is SIPT and DIR/Floortime certified as well as trained in the use of Integrated Listening Systems. Colleen is a member of the AOTA School Mental Health workgroup and has led multiple professional development trainings on sensory processing for occupational therapists, parents and educators. Colleen is also the owner of a private practice called The SPARK Sensory Clinic.


Cost
The full tuition for this program is $800. This includes both the online and in-person sections.


Payment Instructions:
If opting to pay by check, payment must be received by January 31, 2020 in order for your registration to be confirmed. If payment is not finalized by January 31, 2020 your registration may be cancelled.

Please make checks payable to STAR Institute and mail to:
STAR Institute for SPD
5420 S. Quebec Street
Suite 103
Greenwood Village, CO 80111


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 30 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.

 

Nearby Accommodations

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites El Dorado Hills
4360 Town Center Blvd
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 358-3100

~8.5 miles/15 minutes from course location

Rates:

King/Standard: $111/night + tax
2 Queen beds: $117/night + tax
Suite: $134/night + tax

Reserve Online or call (916) 358-3100
(Group rate not available/applicable)


Cancellation Policy

We require a minimum of 15 participants to run this program. Thus, it is sometimes necessary to change the dates a session is offered or to cancel a session. Participants are contacted at the earliest opportunity in the event of a scheduling change or cancellation. However, we reserve the right to cancel or postpone a scheduled session up to 5 weeks before the beginning date of each course. Please consider this when making any non-refundable travel arrangements for the live portion of the program. If the program must be cancelled, all payments will be refunded.

The tuition minus $50 may be refunded if STAR Institute receives notice of cancellation at least 30 business days prior to the program start date. The full tuition will be charged to participants who cancel 14 business days or less before the program start, fail to complete the required online courses in advance, or fail to appear for the program.


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