Summer is a great time to catch up on professional development. Three of E-Therapy’s Occupational Therapists share online courses they are taking this summer that teach them up-to-date research and strategies they can use with their kids next school year.
Primary motor reflex patterns
Jasmine JJ Erazmus OTR/L is currently doing the Musgatova Reflex Integration (MNRI) foundational online class titled Dynamic and Postural Reflex Integration.
“It is having me think of common difficulties such as emotional regulation, attention, visual, postural endurance and whole-body-movement skills in a whole new way! I can’t wait to come back with many updates to my practice as an occupational therapist!”
Sensory integration strategy
This summer, Sarah Oosterhouse, PTA, MS, OTR, participated in an online course called The Alert Program. “This is a sensory integration strategy used to help kids with self-regulation. It was really good and has given me more tools to help my students with their sensory struggles!”
Presenters Mary Sue Williams OTR and Sherry Shellenberger OTR take you through the process of how to assess a child’s sensory processing abilities as well as your own. The program uses the analogy of a car’s engine to teach the student how to help regulate it to the “just right” level. How Does Your Engine Run: A Leader’s Guide For The Alert Program For Self-Regulation explains the theory, along with step-by-step instructions and easy-to-implement activities.
“We all have sensory “issues” of some sort.” Oosterhouse says, “Adults have usually adapted to them or are more subtle in the ways that we regulate the environmental stimuli coming at us. Kids can be guided in how to identify and regulate their own sensory systems to achieve their optimal level of function.”
A-Z school-based occupational therapist course
Sophia Moiz, OTR/L is taking a 4-week occupational therapist course called A-Z School-Based OT Course presented by Jayson Davies, an OTR and podcaster based in California.
“I really enjoy learning about occupational therapy in different states, and it is an excellent course. It’s great to hear from OTs in different parts of the country,” says Moiz. “Although the course focuses on the brick and mortar school setting it is still very informative (and given the Covid situation, many participants have lots of questions re: teletherapy!). When you work from home, it is really nice to have a group of school-based OTs to share ideas with, to improve our professional skills, and to continue developing effective treatment plans with students.”
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