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Motivational Activities Using Everyday Materials for Children with Special Needs
DVD Video
$219.99 USD
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording (6 hours, 22 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.
CE Available:
Yes, See CE credit tab for complete continuing education details
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  1. Describe key types of activity adaptations that promote cognitive, sensory-motor, social-emotional, communication and play skills.
  2. Explain the benefits of various evidence-based and anecdotally supported interventions when working with developmentally delayed children.
  3. Discuss the use of iPad® apps to promote cognitive, motor, communication and daily living skills.
  4. Determine the role of animal-assisted therapies in supporting children with disabilities and its role in various therapies.
  5. Design supports, adaptations and activities for students with functional vision challenges.
  6. Plan age-appropriate pre-vocational activities for older students.
Diagnoses & Types of Assessment Tools
  • Multiply Handicapped with Profound/Severe Delays
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Other Developmental Disabilities (i.e. Down Syndrome)
  • Sensory Processing Disorders
  • Learning Disabilities/Mild Fine Motor Delays
  • Functional Vision Deficits

Typical Early Child Development Activities/Adaptations
  • Cognition
  • Communication/Play Skills
  • Sensory-Motor Skills
  • Fine and Gross Motor Skills

Classification of Evidenced-Based Interventions
  • Play-Based
  • Direct Skills Training
  • Behavioral Approaches
  • Sensory-Based

Teaching Strategies
  • Adaptations for Visual Deficits and Visual Motor Activities
  • Adapting/Simplifying Activities for Success
  • Integrating Movement into Academics
  • Movement Break Activities
  • Behavioral Techniques Based on ABA Guidelines
  • Forward Chaining
  • Backward Chaining
  • Hand Over Hand Techniques
  • Creating Success Only Activities
  • Developing Pre-Vocational Skills (in Students with Developmental Disabilities)
  • Adding Sensory Components to Behavioral Based Interventions
  • The 80/20 Rule to Build Competence
  • Apps That Engage Sustained Attention and Eye Contact, Basic Learning Concepts and Motor Skills

Adaptations for Older Students (4th- 8th Grade)
  • Team Approach to Improving Communication and Writing Skills
  • iPad® Apps for Organization, Social/Emotional Function and Communication Skills
  • Meet the Older Students’ Sensory Motor Needs

Types of Animal-Assisted Therapies
  • Dolphins
  • Dogs (Therapy Dog vs. Service Dog)
  • Horses (Therapeutic Riding vs. Hippotherapy)
  • Small Animals (Bunnies, Cats)

Skill Areas Address (Animal-Assisted Therapies)
  • Sensory Processing
  • Cognitive/Visual Perceptual Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Postural Control, Strength, Muscle Tone, Motor Planning
  • Social Emotional Skills
  • Fine-Motor Skills

Contraindications and Information on Training/Certification

Resources for Continued Learning


Barbara A. Smith, MS, OTR/L, is a highly experienced occupational therapist, author and national presenter who has over 30 years of experience working with children and adults with developmental and learning disabilities in a variety of settings including public schools, educational collaborative, group homes, early intervention and hippotherapy programs. She is the author of four books, including The Recycling Occupational Therapist; From Rattles to Writing: A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills, which won a 2012 National Association of Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) (Therapro, Inc, 2012); and The Almost Complete Plastic Bottle Activity Book (Amazon Kindle, 2012). She is also the designer of the patent pending fine motor activity, Weavable Toys: Basic Shapes.

Barbara earned her B.A. in English from State University of New York at New Paltz and her M.S. in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University. She is certified in Sensory Integration evaluation and interventions and certified by the American Hippotherapy Association in hippotherapy.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Barbara A. Smith is the owner of Recycling OT, LLC and created Weavable Toys: Basic Shapes. She is the author of the self-published book “Still Giving Kisses: Guide to Helping and Enjoying the Alzheimer's Victim”. She is the author of the Kindle published book "The Almost Complete Plastic Bottle Activity Book". She receives royalties as an author for Therapro, Inc. and Therapy Skill Builders. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-Financial: Barbara A. Smith is certified in Sensory Integration and is also certified by the American Hippotherapy Association.
Continuing Education Credits
For U.S. and Canadian customers, a CE test is available for $9.99 USD per participant. International CE rates may vary; please contact our Customer Service at 1-800-844-8260 for more details.

Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this non-interactive self-study package. Please note, your state licensing board dictates whether self study is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations.

Certificates of Successful Completion may be emailed, faxed or mailed to participants completing the post-test/evaluation and paying the CE fee.

**Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

This course consists of 6.25 self-study clock hours. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from this self-study activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

Illinois Educators:
6.0 ISBE Professional Development (PD) Clock Hours will be made available through Quincy University. Those requesting ISBE PD Clock Hours will need to complete an Evaluation for Workshop, Conference, Seminar, in order to receive the ISBE “Evidence of Completion for Professional Development” form. Instructions and form will be made available under the “Materials” tab. Expires: 06/30/2020.

Indiana Educators: 6.0 Professional Growth Points are available for full attendance of this self-study package per the Indiana Department of Education standards.

Montana Educators: This self-study package is offered for 6.0 Renewal Units. PESI, Inc. is an Approved Renewal Unit Provider with the Montana Office of Public Instruction.

New Jersey Educators, Administrators & Education Services Personnel: 6.0 Actual Professional Development Hours (self-study). MEDS-PDN, powered by PESI, Inc., is a registered New Jersey Professional Development Provider with the NJ Dept. of Education.

Texas Educators: PESI, Inc., has been approved as a CPE Provider #500-981 for Texas Educators by the Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBED). This self-study package qualifies for 6.0 CPE clock hours.

Florida Occupational Therapists & Occupational Therapy Assistant:
PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy. Provider Number 50-399. This self-study course qualifies for 6.3 continuing education credits.

Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants
This self-study course consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary by state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

California Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants:
PESI, Inc. is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as an approval agency to approve providers. This self-study lecture qualifies for 6.25 continuing competency hours.

Illinois Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: PESI, Inc. is a Registered Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor through the State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Professional Regulation. License #: 216.000270. This self-study course qualifies for 6.0 CE credit hours.

New York Physical Therapists & Physical Therapist Assistants: PESI, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department, State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider for physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education. This self-study course qualifies for 7.6 contact hours.

Speech-Language Pathologists & Audiologists
This course contains 6.0 hours of self-study continuing education. It was not offered for ASHA CEUs. Please retain your certificate of completion. If audited for ASHA Certification Maintenance, you can submit this certificate of completion at that time. For state licensure, teacher certification renewal, or other credential renewal, contact those agencies for information about your reporting responsibilities and requirements.

California Speech-Language Pathologists/Audiologists: PESI, Inc. is an approved provider with the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board, #PDP 319. This course meets the qualifications for 6.0 hours of self-study continuing professional development credit for Speech-Language Pathologists or Audiologists, as required by the California Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology Board.

Other Professions
This self-study activity qualifies for 6.25 clock hours of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Retain your certificate of completion and contact your board or organization for specific filing requirements.

Disclaimer: **Information obtained in this course should be used within your scope of practice.
**It is your ethical responsibility to report accurate hours to your licensing board.
**All self-study participants must complete and pass (80% or better) a post-test/evaluation prior to receiving a certificate of completion. If you require a copy of the test/evaluation for CE purposes, please print at the time you take the test. Or you may call our customer service department and a copy of your test/evaluation will be emailed to you. Please allow 30-45 days.

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