BROOKLYN, NY - Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits in Children: A Guide for Therapists in School and Clinic-Based Setting

Presenter: Dr. Mitchell Scheiman, OD, Nationwide Presenter, Noted Author   

Wednesday & Thursday

November 13 & 14, 2019

Wednesday  8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Thursday 8:00 am -3:30 pm

 Location: 1580 Coney Island Avenue,  Brooklyn, NY

11.5 contact Hours 

 “This two-day workshop will provide you with practical applications that you can use immediately to achieve results”  

The course will cover:

· Theory

· Screening Procedures

· Intervention Techniques

· Vision Therapy

This seminar is designed to help therapists develop a comprehensive understanding of vision and how vision can impact on the therapy process in children. A three-component model of vision will be reviewed stressing the importance of optical, visual efficiency and visual information processing disorders. Screening procedures that allow therapists to test for the most common vision problems will be presented. Treatment options will be discussed at length including both compensatory strategies and rehabilitative techniques (vision therapy). Case studies will be used throughout the presentation. 


BROOKLYN, NY: Feeding Therapy: It's Not Just About Swallowing

Presenter:  Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP 

Sunday & Monday

November 17 & 18, 2019

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: 1301 East 18th Street, Brooklyn, New York

13 contact hours

ASHA Approved!

Each participant will receive a copy of Melanie's book "Adventures in Veggieland"


This unique 2-day course is for anyone interested in the bigger picture pertaining to pediatric feeding disorders. Therapists want strategies to implement right away with their clients. Why do children have trouble eating? How are physiology, motor skills, and behavior linked and how do the basic principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) strengthen that connection? How do family dynamics and parenting styles influence progress? Why is it that a child eats well in the clinic setting but cannot generalize those skills to the home and school? This course answers those questions, provides practical strategies to implement with a variety of clients, and focuses on setting children up for success for meeting functional objectives while utilizing the premise of ABA. 

Learn how to problem-solve common roadblocks in eating and then continue to build progress by following a hierarchy of steps to success. Most importantly, this course emphasizes the importance of keeping the fun in feeding while developing consistent positive behaviors at mealtimes so that everyone in the family can enjoy their time together around the family table! 


BROOKLYN, NY - Executive Functioning Training: Teach Students to Manage Their Time, Space and Materials (and Keep their Emotions in Check)! Powerful Strategies to Help Your Student Develop Independent Executive Function Skills

 Presenter:  Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP  

Monday, December 2, 2019

 EVENING Lecture 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm 

Location: 1301 East 18th Street, Brooklyn, New York

 3 contact hours

Participants at this practical strategies seminar will learn dozens of easy to implement strategies to improve motivation and task initiation. Teach students to internally sense the sweep of time and to self-monitor to sustain concentration, manage pace and complete tasks in allocated time frames. Show students the process of how to plan homework and long term projects/papers must be completed over days and or weeks. Coach students to think in an organized way and encourage self-initiative to manage homework and personal belongings.


JAMAICA ESTATES, QUEENS - Executive Functioning Training: Learn it Today, Use it Tomorrow! Practical Cutting Edge Interventions for Improving Executive Function Skills in Students

Presenter:  Sarah Ward, MS CCC-SLP 

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

 Location:   Young Israel of Jamaica Estates

83-10 188th Street, Hollis, NY Queens

(38-40 minutes from Yonkers, NY)

6 contact hours 

This is a practical strategies seminar! First, you will learn how to clearly

define what the executive function skills are for the purpose of determining

the most effective treatment interventions. Understand the development

of the executive function skills and what is meant by the term

“executive dysfunction”. 

Learn dozens of functional, ready-to-use

strategies for teaching students how to develop the executive function

skills. Teach students to develop a “memory for the future”, to devise

plans to achieve their goal, to use self-talk, to self-initiate, to transition to

the next task of higher priority and to control their impulses and emotions

to successfully complete a task. Improve a student’s awareness skills so

that he/she can “read a room” then “stop, think and create” an appropriate

action plan and infer possible outcomes. Teach students to see and

sense the passage of time, accurately estimate how long tasks will take,

change or maintain their pace, and carry out routines and tasks within allotted

time frames. Learn methods to improve a student’s ability to cognitively

shift and to be flexible in processing and accessing information. Learn

how to use the Get Ready * Do* Done Model to turn the core curriculum

and lesson/treatment plans into powerful tools to teach students executive

control skills. Fresh approaches to help students develop automaticity

for class routines and transitions.


LONG ISLAND, NY - Brain Balance: How to Asses and Treat Brain Imbalances in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Presenter: Dr. Robert Melillo 

Monday, December 9, 2019

8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location:  410 Hungry Harbor Rd, Valley Stream, New York

(5 Towns, Long Island) 

6 contact hours



Many Take-Home Activities

Testing and Treatment for Primitive Reflexes

  This course will provide participants with lecture and hands-on practice for learning how to evaluate and treat children with neurodevelopmental disorders such as 





 Attendees will learn how an imbalance of the two hemispheres of the brain can lead to neurodevelopmental conditions. Identification of which areas of the brain may be affected as well as why this may occur will be reviewed. 

Through course demonstration, participants will learn how to use examination tools and techniques to test for brain imbalance. Treatment protocols based on examination findings will then be reviewed. The role of primitive reflexes will be addressed, and remediation activities will be provided. Hands-on techniques to help balance the brain will be demonstrated and practiced. Participants will leave with a new and exciting approach to evaluating and successfully treating deficits associated with neurodevelopmental learning disorders.


**REGISTRATION IS CLOSED**BROOKLYN, NY Building Blocks for Sensory Integration (first time live on the East Coast in many years)!

 Presenters: Sheila M. Frick, OTR/L & Tracy Bjorling, MS OTR/L 

Wednesday & Thursday

December 11 & 12, 2019

8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: 1301  East 18th Street, Brooklyn, NY

13 contact hours

 This two-day, experiential course provides therapists with an in-depth understanding of the developmental and neurophysiological links between sensory integration and the basic primary movement patterns that provide the foundation (or building blocks) for sensory modulation and integration. Beginning with the support of the primitive reflexes, we will explore the development of posture and its relationship to gross and fine motor skills along with visual and auditory function. Hands-on demonstrations, movement labs, and video examples will highlight treatment strategies that can be implemented with and without therapy equipment, making them appropriate for all clinical settings.  

Each participant will be receiving a FREE Gertie Ball, Power Up Ball and a Pinky Ball! ($35 value) 

Limited space!

January & February 2020


JAMAICA ESTATES, QUEENS INTEROCEPTION! The Eighth Sensory Sense: Solutions for Promoting Self-Regulation, Social Participation, and Emotional Well-Being in Children with Decreased Body Awareness and Poor Sense of Self

 Presenter Kelly Mahler, MS OTR/L 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

8:15 am - 3:45 pm

Location: Young Israel of Jamaica Estates

83-10 188th Street, Hollis, NY  (Queens)

6 contact hours

You have to know exactly how you feel in order to control it!! 

Do you work with children who have 

  • poor body awareness? 
  • poor sense of self?
  • poor self-regulation?
  • poor coordination?
  • poor sensory processing abilities?

Learn Kelly's curriculum and methods that really work with school age children!

 A Must for OT's, SLP's, & Special Educators!


Interoception is an important sensory system that helps us to feel internal body signals like a full bladder, growling stomach, tense muscles or speeding heart. 

Research indicates that our ability to clearly notice and understand these internal body signals enables us to accurately identify and control how we feel: 

  • Are we Anxious? 
  • Getting Frustrated? 
  • Hungry? 
  • Full? 
  • In pain? 
  • Needing the bathroom? 
  • Many individuals with conditions such as autism, ADHD, depression, trauma and anxiety disorders have difficulty with interoception, causing significant challenges in identifying and managing the way they feel. 


Interoception is linked to many important skill areas including:




flexibility of thought

social understanding

perspective taking

This presentation will provide participants a firm understanding of interoception including an overview of what research tells us about interoception, and how to apply this research when developing effective programming. 

The discussion will focus on the influence interoception has on many important aspects of life including emotional well-being, self-regulation, and social participation. 

Evidence-based strategies for assessing and improving interoception will be shared.


BROOKLYN, New York - S'cool Moves (Level 2)- POWER UP! YOUR MOVES Working Together to Flip the Learning Switch Using Effective Evidenced Based Neurodevelopmental Movements


Presenter: Jessica Gilson, DPT  

Course for OT's OTA's, PT's , SLP's, Reading Teachers and Special Educators!

Monday, January 13, 2020

8:30 am - 3:30 pm

 Location: 1580 Coney Island Avenue,  Brooklyn, NY (Q-Train, Ave M Stop)

6 contact hours

Receive a bag full of all NEW S'cool Moves Power Up Your Moves Posters to Use Immediately! ($325 value)


Participants learn how to easily incorporate therapy based movement into the classroom setting to enhance learning potential for all students. Nine student learner profiles are discussed (i.e. dyslexic, developmental, muddled, reluctant, muddled learner/reader) with innovative and novel movement activities to support each type of learner. Participants learn ways to transfer skills taught in the therapy room to the classroom setting for optimizing learning. Through the use of S’cool Moves activities students improve motor planning, rhythm, timing, core strength, vestibular activation, hemispheric integration, and sensory-motor systems within the context of academic skill acquisition. As always, S’cool Moves is all about collaboration, so therapists and teachers will grow in their understanding of approaching learning and reading as a team sport. This course deepens participants’ understanding of how to support learners and struggling readers using a neurodevelopmental approach. 

  **S’cool Moves level 1 course is recommended prior to taking this course. This course builds on the research, theory, and activities learned in the course.


LONG ISLAND, New York - Pediatric NDT Handling Intensive Techniques: Enhancing the Lives of Children with CNS Dysfunction

Presenter: Gail Richie, OTR/L, C/NDT  

Last year course got closed out, sign up early!

Live Demonstration 

*Limited Space*


Wednesday  & Thursday

 January 15 & 16, 2020

Wednesday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 

 Thursday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: 410 Hungry Harbor Rd, Valley Stream, New York

(5 Towns, Long Island) 

 13.5 contact hours

This 2-day hands-on lab-intensive seminar is designed to further enhance the ability to treat children with CNS dysfunction. 

We will briefly review the current Neuro-Developmental Treatment approach principles and rationales that support our treatment planning and the strategies used within a treatment session. 

Development of your handling skills will be emphasized as a way to influence multi-system and single system impairments related to the clients' functional outcomes. 

Development of specific handling skills related to in-effective posture and movement behaviors observed in the neurologically challenged child will be the primary focus of this seminar.

Discussion of therapeutic intervention and the clinical decision-making process will be discussed. 

A combination of didactic, video examples, laboratory learning experiences and patient demonstration will ensure the integration of NDT as a foundation for intervention.


LONG ISLAND, New York - RHYTHMIC MOVEMENT TRAINING (RMTi) Foundation Class - A Reflex Integration Class - Level 1 & 2

Presenter: Elizabeth Hickman, MPT, Certified RMTi Instructor, Thrive Founder and Owner (Illinois) 

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

February 2 - 4, 2020 

 8:15 am - 4:30 pm

 Location: 410 Hungry Harbor Rd, Valley Stream, New York

(5 Towns, Long Island) 

21 contact hours

Level 1 - Focus Organization & Comprehension (14 contact hours)-  In this 2-day course (February 2 & 3, 2020) participants learn the basics of Rhythmic Movement Training; how rhythmic movements can be used to assist in regulating muscle tone; stimulating the connections between the cerebellum and the neocortex, especially the frontal lobes in order to improve attention and control impulses. The course also examines the role of the primitive reflexes in development, and how to integrate them using rhythmic movements and isometric pressure.  

Level 2 - Emotions, Memory & Behavior (7 contact hours)  This 1-day course (February 4, 2020) addresses how RMTi affects our emotions, how to work with movements to get in touch with our emotions, how stress and daily life affects our body, and how the rhythmic movements can help to relax and ease muscle tension. Methods for integrating Fear Paralysis, Moro Reflexes and Tendon Guard will be learned. In addition to ways to release muscle tension and address emotional upset. 


Rhythmic Movements are gentle rocking and reflex integration movements that stimulate neural pathways and promote learning, emotional balance and ease of movement. RMT is an effective way to help with symptoms of ADD/ADHD, learning challenges, autism and behavioral/emotional imbalances without the use of drugs


BROOKLYN, New York - Emotion to Motion: Firing and Wiring Productive Relationships Between Senses, Motor Skills, and Function


Irene Ingram, OTR/L DPT

Tuesday and Wednesday

February 11 & 12, 2020

8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Location:  1580 Coney Island Avenue

Brooklyn, New York (Q-Train Ave. M stop)

  Practical * Hands-on * Informative * Creative * Learn New Treatment Protocols to be Used in School, Home, and Clinics

 * New Activities to use Right Away!

The course focuses on developmental and foundational movement patterns and their connection to the autonomic nervous system, rhythm, and primitive reflexes. The program emerged from an effort to remove barriers caused by our autonomic nervous system’s perception of safe versus unsafe state of arousal, and its impact on movement, thought, and coordination. The therapist will receive hands-on experience that will result in a toolbox of techniques for treatment. These tools include tissue release techniques; Rhythmic Release and Restoration (RRR) techniques; Suck, Swallow, & Breathe Program; Oral Core, Step Forward Program and Rhythm Triangles.


JAMAICA ESTATES, Queens, New York - NEUROPLASTICITY FOR PEDIATRICS: Rewiring for Integration of Primitive Reflexes to Promote Developmental Skills


Karen Pryor, PhD, PT, DPT, ND, CH

Monday, February 24, 2020

8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Location: Young Israel of Jamaica Estates

83-10 188th Street, Hollis, NY  (Queens)

6 contact hours


Studies show our brains can be rewired to enhance new learning. In some cases, it acts as an adaptive mechanism to compensate for lost function or maximize remaining function in the event of brain injury. As therapists, when we treat the causes and symptoms of these motor delays, we can utilize alternate brain pathways to improve the effects of therapy. 

Neuroplasticity changes brain connections and hence, changes motor and cognitive functions. From congenital abnormalities to traumatic brain injuries, this course delivers new and exciting ideas on how to detour around damage and incorporate viable nervous system connections. Learn how therapy can change the brain and how neuroplasticity can change the challenges in a child’s development. With Dr. Karen Pryor as your guide, you gain creative and evidence-based approaches to incorporate into a multisensory experience to drive home the importance of diverse and novel activities during treatment sessions. Both high and low tones are discussed in depth. Video case studies will demonstrate changes before and after integrative neuroplasticity treatments. The therapy techniques learned in this 1-day course can be easily integrated into the clinic or home the next day.

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