Seminar Detail

Sensory Motor Play in Early Intervention: Improving Self-Regulation, Social Skills and Development

Where:
WOBURN, MA
When:
Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Join Jessica Hunt, OTR/L, and discover how sensory, motor and play activities impact self-regulation, social skills and development. Learn cutting-edge, brain-based information and techniques for kids who exhibit the following behaviors:

  • Excessive temper tantrums and difficulty with transitions
  • Unable to stay focused on people or activities
  • Limited gross and fine motor skills
  • Overly aggressive-during play, limited sharing and turn-taking
  • Distracted by background noises that others don’t seem to hear
  • Anxious in crowds/large groups
  • Overly fearful of swings and playground equipment
  • Constant need to touch people or textures, even when it’s inappropriate to do so
  • Doesn’t understand personal space
Through lecture, experiential activities, group and individual case studies, video and picture demonstrations, you will come away with a “tool-box” full of activities and resources. Get your kids on a more powerful path to self-regulation and typical social and motor development!
Objectives:

  1. Articulate extensive knowledge of the 7 sensory systems.
  2. Determine the characteristics of hypo-responsivity and hyper-responsivity within sensory systems.
  3. Explore the different types of play and the role each plays in early intervention.
  4. Communicate why excessive technology interferes with many areas of development.
  5. Design sensory and motor play interventions for motor development, emotional/behavioral development and self-regulation.
  6. Employ visual-cognitive strategies to enhance self-regulation.
OUTLINE

Overview of Sensory Systems
  • Emphasis on tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive
  • Visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory
  • Body in space/body awareness
  • Modulation – when is it a problem?
Impact of Sensory on Behavior, Performance and Learning
  • Attention, self-regulation, organization, executive function
  • Motor output (gross, fine, handwriting)
  • Activities of daily living (ADL’s)
  • Behavior, social skills and self-esteem
Effective Intervention Strategies for:

Sensory:
  • Use all 7 systems – we are more than just auditory and visual learners
  • Modulation-characteristics of hyper and hypo systems
  • Concentrate on foundation skills and deep pressure/heavy work
  • Sensory Lifestyle/Toolbox – How to use what’s right there
  • Sound therapies and music – utilizing what you hear to change behavior and performance
  • Environmental modifications
  • Interactive Metronome, Brain Gym and more
Self-Regulation:
  • Yoga, Pilates, Me Moves – How movement helps
  • Breathing, oral-motor-using the ribcage and mouth to regulate
  • Meltdowns – prevention and what to do if you can’t
  • Transitions – how to help!
  • Social stories, visual-cognitive strategies and more
Play:
  • The 5 different types of play and their role in development
  • Use “Theory of Mind” framework to facilitate play and regulation
  • Enhancing independent play vs. adult/computer-directed play
  • Activities to enhance creative play, ideation and planning abilities
  • Activities to prepare for core curriculum goals in K and early elementary

JESSICA HUNT, OTR/L

Jessica Hunt, OTR/L, is well-known for her experience in treating pediatric sensory processing disorders in both the home and clinical settings. She serves children by bringing her feeding expertise directly into the home setting through her company J.L. Hunt Therapeutics. Previously Jessica worked for 10 years at Kaufman Children’s Center as the director of occupational therapy and sensory integration programs, and then as the director of feeding and oral motor programs. She is certified in sensory integration, receiving her Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) certification in 2008, and studied with Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, who is nationally recognized for sensory research, education, and treatment.

Jessica received her bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Wayne State University in 2003. She gained expertise in “picky eating,” oral-motor therapy through trainings that include, the Beckman Protocol, and Talk Tools, behaviors issues with feeding, feeding strategies for children who have autism, and treating medically challenging children. She is also trained in craniofacial therapy, advanced training in Therapeutic Listening System, and Handwriting without Tears. Jessica is also the notable recipient of the 2011 Michigan Occupational Therapy Association Award of Excellence.



Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Jessica Hunt maintains a private practice. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Jessica Hunt has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
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