Sensory Wellness: Helping Children and Teens Progress

This brand new course will teach therapists to integrate health and wellness strategies into the daily lives of children and teens who struggle with sensory disorders that impact emotional regulation, attention span, problem solving skills, social interactions, and physical health. As the number of children with sensory processing disorder increases and the correlation between nature-deficit disorder and prevalent childhood disorders is established, it is imperative for therapists to incorporate sensory wellness strategies into their therapeutic interventions. Implementing these strategies into daily life activities improves a child's neurophysiological symptoms resulting from sensory processing disorder.
In this course therapists will learn about the evidence-based therapeutic benefits for youth of yoga, exposure to nature such as green and blue spaces, therapeutic gardening, and much more. Participants will develop a repertoire of fun sensory wellness strategies which can be applied to daily life experiences ultimately helping children develop skills for physical and emotional well-being.

What to bring: Yoga mat, small bean bag animal or bean bag

AOTA Classification Codes
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:


Course Instructor(s)


Jenny L Clark

OTR/L

Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L graduated from The University of Kansas in 1990 with distinction, and has helped children over the past 28 years as a licensed pediatric occupational therapist working as a speaker, consultant, private practitioner at her own clinic (Jenny’s Kids, Inc.), school-based occupational therapist, independent contractor for early intervention services, author, and inventor. Her passion for developing new approaches to therapy can be seen in her diverse contributions to the field, including: the evidence-based curriculum material Learn to Move, Move to Learn: Sensorimotor Early Childhood Activity Themes (AAPC 2004), and the sequel Learn to Move, Moving Up! Sensorimotor Elementary School Activity Themes (AAPC 2009); two DVD’s Learn to Move: Dinosaurs (AAPC 2005), a companion to her first book, and Sensory Processing Disorder Kit: Simulations and Solutions for Parents, Teachers, and Therapist (AAPC 2006), which won the 2007 media in excellence video award from Autism Society of America; a music CD, Sing, Move, Learn (AAPC 2010), which accompanies the songs in her first book. Jenny was a contributing author for the book Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Handbook for Parents and Professionals (Greenwood Publishing Group 2007), as well as the author of a chapter in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Foundations, Characteristics, and Effective Strategies. (Pearson Publishing 2011). Most recently, Jenny was the technical reviewer for The Everything Parents Guide to Sensory Processing Disorder (Terri Mauro, Adams Media 2014). Jenny is the inventor of the patent-pending “Weigh” Cool Bracelet (www.abilitations.com) and her most recent creation, Letter Treasure Hunt handwriting game (Therapro 2014). Jenny is known for her dynamic personality, sprinkled with humor that engages people to ‘think outside the box’ inspiring unlimited creative ideas. Jenny’s favorite sensorimotor recreation includes tennis, mountain biking, gardening, and photography.

Financial Disclosure: Jenny receives honoraria from CIAO Seminars for the presentation of her live courses. Jenny receives royalties from AAPC Publishing for her book Learn to Move, Move to Learn.
Non-Financial Disclosure: none to disclose


Course Agenda

CIAO Seminars

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