Continuing Education Conference – Course Outline

Presented by: Robbie Levy, MA, OTR/L, Founder, Dynamic Kids

Play To Learn - Sensory, Regulation and Play Techniques to Enhance Development in Children ages 0-5

Course 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 Dysfunction 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, self-esteem
Importance of Play:

  • Relationship of play to self-regulation, executive function and motor development
  • Impact on kindergarten and elementary success
  • Battle between technology and non-technology
  • Who is the team? Role of therapists, educators, families

Sensory Strategies:

  • Use all 7 systems – we are more than just auditory and visual learners
  • Concentrate on foundation skills and deep pressure/heavy work
  • Sensory Lifestyle/Toolbox – How to use what is right at your fingertips
  • Sound therapies and music – utilize what you hear to change behavior and performance
  • Environmental modifications/Accommodations – quick fixes/big impact
  • Additional programs i.e. Interactive Metronome, Brain Gym
Self-Regulation Strategies:

  • Yoga, Pilates, Me Moves – How movement helps
  • Breathing, Oral-Motor – using the ribcage and mouth to regulate
  • Meltdowns – prevention
  • Transitions – how to help
  • Additional programs i.e. social stories, visual-cognitive strategies

Play Strategies:

  • Enhance independent play vs. adult/computer directed play
  • Play activates to enhance creative play, ideation and planning abilities
  • Play to Learn – activities to prepare for core curriculum goals in kindergarten and early elementary

CASE STUDIES/CLINICAL REASONING – apply what you learned to real cases

ROBBIE LEVY, MA, OTR/L is an Occupational Therapist with over 38 years of experience specializing in pediatrics and is the owner and director of Dynamic Kids in White Plains, NY. Dynamic Kids is a large, well respected OT, PT, ST practice devoted to addressing a variety of sensory, motor, behavioral, social and academic issues in children from birth to adolescence, She is also the author of the blog: Play to Learn. She Has taught nationally for PESI and Summit Education providing full day continuing education courses for teachers, therapists and administrators on sensory processing, self-regulation, motor interventions and play.

Actively involved in many industry associations, Ms. Levy's passion and expertise is called upon repeatedly both nationally and regionally by therapists, educators and parent groups such as AOTA, NYSOTA, Young Child Expo, Child Care Council of Westchester, Zero to Three of NY and countless others. Her expertise and passion working with children and families is sought after for presentations and consultations in the following areas: sensory integration/sensory processing, motor development, the role of OT in school based therapy, handwriting development, assistive technology as well as private practice issues. She is a past professor at NYU in the Dept of OT teaching Pediatrics and Advanced Professional Seminars. She received her BS in OT from the University of Pennsylvania and her Advance Masters in Developmental Disabilities from NYU.

Ms. Levy has advanced certifications in Therapeutic Listening, SIPT, Interactive Metronome, Wilbarger Deep Pressure Protocol and Pediatric Kinesiotaping. In addition, she has advanced training in NDT, Handwriting without Tears, DIR-Floortime and How Does Your Engine Run

Time Ordered Agenda
  • 7:30 – 8:00 Registration & Coffee
  • 8:00 – 9:30 Overview of Sensory Systems
  • 9:30 – 9:45 Morning Break
  • 9:45 - 10:30 Impact of Sensory Dysfunction
  • 10:30 - 11:30 Importance of Play
  • 11:30 - 12:30 Lunch (on your own)
  • 12:30 - 1:30 Sensory Strategies
  • 1:30 - 2:15 Self-Regulation Strategies
  • 2:15 - 2:30 Afternoon Break
  • 2:30 - 3:30 Play Strategies
  • 3:30 - 4:00 Case Studies and Q's

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Speaker Disclosures
Financial: The speaker for this event will receive an honorarium from Dynamic Kids.
Non-Financial: There are no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Continuing Education Credit Information
All attendees will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the course for 6.5 hours of continuing education instruction to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the course evaluation form.

Dynamic Kids is an AOTA approved provider of continuing education. Provider # 11434. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.5 contact hours or .65 CEU’s in the Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. The assignment of AOTA CEU’s does not imply endorsement of specific course content, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course will qualify for 6.5 hours Approved Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours. Full attendance is required for CTLE credit.