Upcoming Courses 2018 -2019 B'klyn, SI , LI, and Yonkers

To register online, kindly email the following information to name, home address, cell number, and discipline

In the subject line, please state which course you would like to register for. An invoice will be sent to you so that you can pay online via e-check. (For S'cool moves, please indicate the location)


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BROOKLYN OR LONG ISLAND - S'cool Moves: Best practice in collaboration & therapy based strategies that work for occupational and physical therapist in a school and clinic based setting

Two choice dates, Two choice locations!

  • *REGISTRATION IS CLOSED* Brooklyn - Monday, October 15, 2018
  • Location: 1580 Coney Island Avenue (bet. Ave L & M) Brooklyn, NY (Q-Train) OR 
  • *FEW SPOTS REMAIN* North Woodmere, Long Island - Sunday October 21,  2018   Location - 410 Hungry Harbor Road, Valley Stream, NY 11581  (10 min from central ave in Lawrence - 5 Towns) 
  • 8:30- AM 3:30 PM
  • 6 Contact hours, 6 NBCOT/.6 CEUS
  • Please refer to the registration tab (on the next page) for more information i.e. cost and early bird discounts

Each participant will be receiving a tote bag full of s'cool moves posters to start using the very next day!  



  •  Provide a school culture that supports children who learn differently, need sensory support, or struggle keeping up with their peers
  • Teach self regulation techniques through various sensory motor activities in order to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system with the goal of decreasing stress and anxiety and giving students the appropriate sensory input to facilitate improved motor output and learning.
  • Integrate essential developmental skills with academic curricula
  • Learn techniques to improve student's overall coordination, motor planning skills, body awareness, and visual tracking skills.
  • Understand and explain how movement and developmental skills impact academic success
  • Integrate occupational and physical therapy theory and techniques where appropriate into S’cool Moves routines

Lise Gerard Getting the Beat sponsored by TheraMoves

BROOKLYN , NY - Getting the Beat: Understanding the influence of movement, rhythms and emotions for improved classroom performance with Lise Gerard Faulise MS, OTR/L BCP protege of Patricia Wilbarger

  • Tuesday and Wednesday 
  • October 23 and 24, 2018
  • Location: 1580 Coney Island Avenue (bet. Ave L & M) Brooklyn, NY (Q-Train)
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • 12 Contact Hours - 12 NBCOT PDUs/ 1.2 CEU'S 


The focus of this course is to learn effective treatment strategies that are designed to help individuals with sensory processing disorders (SPD) lead full and productive lives. This intensive conference will provide clinicians with dynamic assessment and state of the art intervention strategies that support integration of sensation. Review of the current neurobiology and research related to the vestibular system intercommunication with sub cortical and cortical pathways for arousal, self-regulation, reflex integration, posture, spatial-temporal perception, bilateral integration and sequencing. Intervention methods are intended to:

  • Improve sensory modulation
  • Enhance vestibular function and postural skills
  • Optimize social readiness
  • Synchronize the organization and sequencing of motor skills and behavior as needed for optimal function in time and space.
  • Learn the foundation for rhythm and routines.
  • Discuss the basic principals of vestibular processing related to posture, self-regulation, arousal, perception, ocular and auditory processing and timing and sequencing skills.
  • Utilize assessment strategies for detection of reflexes, ocular motility, vestibular functioning, rhythm and sequencing.
  • Implement effective intervention strategies using rhythms, routines, sensory modulation, vestibular-occular-auditory triad and spatial-temporal synchronicity techniques.

YONKERS, NY - A Look Inside Behavior and Regulation: Strategies and Solutions for Sensory and Attachment Challenges with Miriam Manela, OTR/L, International Speaker, Noted Author

  • Tuesday, October 30, 2018
  • Location Ramada by Wyndham 125  Tuckahoe Rd- Yonkers, New York 10710
  • 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • 6 Contact Hours - 6.0 NBCOT PDUs/.6 CEU's
  • Approved for NEW YORK Social Workers 

This is a one day, 2-module workshop that is specifically designed to help therapists and educators. Participants will gain key tenets where if implemented correctly will enrich their educational career experience.

  • Module 1 - Provides proven strategies and interventions that therapists and educators will be able to use in order to predict, prevent and manage problematic behaviors and attitudes that are faced daily in their classrooms. 
  • In Sensory Processing Challenges in Students, therapists and educators will attain a unique in depth understanding of the underlying sensory issues that affect children in the classroom, therapy and beyond. A wide variety of practical tools and sensory processing strategies to develop adaptive responses will be taught and role played 
  • Module 2 - Provides proven enhancements towards the development of a constructive relationship with each client in their care. 
  • Will learn insightful understanding of Attachment Theory, which will result in a constructive relationship between therapists, educators and their students.
  • A variety of practical tools and strategies will be thoroughly reviewed and practiced together in order to incorporate “Proactive Methodology” and develop adaptive responses in the school and therapy setting. 

STATEN ISLAND, NY - Roadmaps: A "GPS" Guide to the Right Sensory Intervention with Renee Okoyee, MSHS, OTR/L BCP, SIPT certified

  • Location: Hampton Inn in STATEN ISLAND, NY
  • Thursday, NOVEMBER 1, 2018
  • Hours: 8:30 - 3:30
  • 5.5 Contact Hours - 5.5 NBCOT 
  • PDUs/.55 CEU's


This workshop is designed to provide beginning and intermediate level therapists a broader understanding of the components and tools of treatment when providing intervention for children who have Sensory Processing Dysfunction. The workshop is designed to present an overview of the different sub-types of Sensory Processing Disorder along with their corresponding clinical features. 

  • Sub types of Sensory Integration Dysfunction
  • Sensory tools and strategies
  • Implementing corresponding strategies commonly used with each sub-type of Sensory Processing Dysfunction 

BROOKLYN, NY - Hands on Sensory Motor Workshop: An Interactive Approach to Sensory Discovery with Alex Lopiccolo "King of Swings" International Presenter


  • Location: Yaldeinu School: Sensory Gym 1600 63rd Street, Brooklyn, NY (near the D Train)
  • Sunday NOVEMBER 4, 2018 
  • or Monday NOVEMBER 5, 2018
  • Hours: 8:30-4:00
  • 6.0 Contact Hours - 6 NBCOT PDUs,/.6 CEUs
  • ***Limited Space*** (course gets closed out, so sign up early)

This presentation is designed to help participants understand the importance of sensory processing and how dysfunction can affect a child in all areas of development.

  • Alex offers practical ideas using minimal equipment to create powerful sensory diets that can be readily implemented in the home or school environment. Hands-on interventions to support breath, coordination, timing, balance and strength will be presented. Modifications, adaptations and grading of activities will be addressed to support best possible outcomes. 
  • Ideas for better engagement of the child will be addressed as well as discussion of ways to facilitate ‘play’ for a stronger therapist-child relationship. 
  • This dynamic workshop will support participants through hands-on learning as they experience the activities in their own bodies. Lastly, Alex will provide tools for therapists to create their own equipment (DIY equipment) at a minimal cost.   

LONG ISLAND, NY - The Physiological Basis of Learning: How and Why Movement Integrates Us and Releases Stress: For optimal classroom performance with Dr. Carla Hannaford, Author of Smart Moves

 Tuesday and Wednesday, NOVEMBER 13 and 14, 2018

  • Location:  North Woodmere, (5-Towns) 410 Hungry Harbor Road, Valley Stream, NY 11581 (10 min from central ave in Lawrence)
  • Hours: 8:30-4:00
  • 12 Contact Hours - 12 NBCOT PDUs,/1.2 CEU's
  • Please refer to the registration tab (on the next page) for more information i.e. cost and early bird discounts 

This class provides the science behind the learning process and offers reasons and practical, drug-free solutions for hyperactivity, dyslexia, autism and other learning and behavioral difficulties. 

  • Discover the mystery behind learning in a fascinating and experiential way
  • Become familiar with the most recent and far-reaching brain research
  • Understand learning development and why learning blocks occur
  • Explore the elegant effectiveness of Brain Gym® and related movement
  • Understand and be able to explain how various movements function physiologically to assist integrated brain/body function for optimal learning.
  • Understand how to find dominance patterns for your clients gain hands-on ways to assist vestibular development and integration of the early reflexes.
  • Understand the importance of play (which includes movement, touch, interpersonal learning, and frontal lobe/heart centered interactions) to enhance all learning.

New and Exciting Courses in B'klyn, LI and SI!

BROOKLYN, NY - Understanding and Managing Visual Deficits in Children: A Guide for Therapists in school and clinic based setting with Dr. Mitchell Scheiman, OD, Nationwide Presenter, Noted Author

 Sunday and Monday

  • There is a Sunday only option available!
  • NOVEMBER 18 and 19, 2018 OR Sunday November 18 only!
  • Location:  1580 Coney Island Avenue (bet. Ave L & M) Brooklyn, NY (Q-Train) 
  • Hours: Sunday 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • Monday 8:00 am -3:30 pm
  • 11 Contact Hours - 11 NBCOT PDUs,/1.1 CEU's
  • Please refer to the registration tab (on the next page) for more information i.e. cost and early bird discounts 

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.

YONKERS, NY - Empowering children with sensory modulation disorder: Using a "SECRET" Framework with Dr. Doreit S. Bialer, OTD, MA OTR, noted author with Dr. Lucy Jane Miller

  • Wednesday, DECEMBER 5, 2018
  • Location: Ramada by Wyndham 125 Tuckahoe Rd, YONKERS, NEW YORK
  • Hours: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
  • 5.5 Contact Hours - 5.5 NBCOT PDUs/.55 CEUs
  • Please refer to the registration tab for more information i.e. cost and early registration discounts

Course Description:


The information in this course provides clinicians and teachers with evidence-based solutions for facilitating students’ level of participation and attention during challenging tasks, with the goal of improving on-task behaviors. 

It focuses on using the “A SECRET” clinical framework (Miller, 2006) as a tool by which therapists can enable teachers and parents to recognize the many factors influence the child’s ability to succeed at his/her “occupation” as a student within the classroom, while looking at performance skills, performance patterns, context, activity demands, and client factors. 

The course will help provide an understanding of the child’s behavior in the school environment by considering not only psychological factors intrinsic to the child, but also the classroom activities that place demands on the child and the context in which these activities are implemented. 

This evidence-based course provides an array of “everyday tools” that work well within a clinical framework, “A SECRET”, and can be easily implemented into a child’s educational and family plan. This workshop is a must for the school-based therapist, who has limited space to work within, has limited funding and is determined to be an integral part of the school team. In this workshop, you will learn unique and everyday evidenced based practices when working with children with Sensory Modulation Disorder. 

BROOKLYN, NY - Every Brain is Different: How to Help Children with Dysgraphia

  • EVENING COURSE - 7:00 PM - 10:15 PM
  • Location: TBD, Brooklyn, New York 
  • Tuesday Evening December 11, 2018
  • Please refer to the registration tab 
  • (on the next page) for more information i.e. cost and early bird discounts 
  • 3 CEU's


Illegible handwriting, also known as dysgraphia, is the primary reason for referrals to therapists practicing in school-based settings. Although handwriting instruction is the responsibility of teachers, the therapist's role is in the identification of the motor, sensory, and perceptual deficits underlying dysgraphia. In this course you will learn signs and symptoms of the three different types of dysgraphia, dyslexic dysgraphia, motor dysgraphia, and spatial dysgraphia, and be able to identify functional handwriting challenges in school-age children. Assessment tools used to determine identification of dysgraphia will be discussed. Attendees will ascertain a variety of remedial interventions and compensatory adaptations that can be used to assist children with success in functional written communication skills for scholastic achievement. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate a progressive plan of care from dysgraphia identification to treatment outcomes. 


  1. Discuss evidence-based neurological characteristics of dysgraphia and the statistical impact dysgraphia has on a child’s functional performance in school. 
  2. Select specific assessment tools to ascertain dysgraphia indicators and differentiate three types of dysgraphia; dyslexic dysgraphia, motor dysgraphia, and spatial dysgraphia.
  3. Develop practical compensatory strategies and interventions for children with dysgraphia to improve productive handwriting skills.

2018-2019 continuing educational courses with you in mind

Lori explaining one of the learn to move, move to learn activities at a TheraMoves conference

LONG ISLAND, NY - Learn to Move, Move to Learn, Evidence-Based Neuroscience Foundations in SPD. Presented by Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L, Board Certified Pediatrics

  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
  • Location: North Woodmere - 5 Towns, 410 Hungry Harbor Road, Valley Stream, NY 11581  (10 min from central ave in Lawrence, Long Island)  
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 6 Contact Hours - 6 NBCOT PDUs,/.6 CEU's 
  • Course is for OT's and PT's that work in a School Based or Clinic Based Setting
  • Please refer to the registration tab (on the next page) for more information i.e. cost and early bird discounts


Research reveals that 1 in 6 children have sensory processing disorder (SPD). Current evidence in sensory processing points to a neurological basis for this disorder. This epidemic of SPD in the pediatric population creates challenges for therapists and educators in providing effective intervention and support for children and their families. Professionals need adequate training on the neuroscience foundations of SPD to understand why sensory driven behavior occurs and how to effectively address this disorder. In this seminar we will explore details of Ayres Sensory Integration (ASI®) as well as evidence-based practices for sensory integration intervention. 

Join Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L, BCP, in this exciting and informative workshop filled with creative and useful sensorimotor interventions that can be easily implemented in the classroom, clinic, or at home to help children with success in childhood occupations. Participants will glean information about how to implement creative curriculum for early intervention, preschool and elementary school children. Attendees will discover how to design sensorimotor theme-based lesson plans that can be implemented immediately. Ms. Clark’s unique play-based treatment approach for children incorporates sensorimotor theme activities that facilitate development to enhance learning. Video examples, case studies, and lab experiences will enrich participants’ learning. 


  • Develop a repertoire of advanced insights into sensory processing disorder for evidence-based practices.
  • Integrate motor, cognitive, language and social emotional skill development into sensorimotor theme-based intervention
  • Design and experience original lessons plan from the Learn to Move, Move to Learn curriculum. 

Course will also cover

· Neuroscience Foundations in SPD

· Learn to Move, Move to Learn Curriculum

· Adaptations for Early Intervention

· Therapeutic Tools

· Group Lap Experience

Learn new and many fun ideas to engage with the children while still achieving your goals

All participants will receive Jenny's book Learn to Move, Move to Learn 

BROOKLYN, NY - Healthy Bodies & Healthy Minds: Therapeutic Strategies for Promoting Wellness in Children Presenter: Jenny L Clark, OTR/L Board Certified Pediatrics

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • Location  -  1580 Coney Island Avenue (bet. Ave L & M) Brooklyn, NY (Q-Train) , New York 
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 6 Contact Hours - 6 NBCOT PDUs,/.6 CEU's 
  • Course is for OT's and PT's that work in a School Based or Clinic Based Setting
  • Please refer to the registration tab (on the next page) for more information i.e. cost and early bird discounts 


Experience an exciting and fun new course by Jenny L. Clark, OTR/L as she teaches therapists innovative ideas to integrate health and wellness strategies into the daily lives of children and youth who struggle with childhood disorders that impact emotional regulation, attention span, problem solving skills, social interactions, and physical health. 

The American Occupational Therapy Association’s ‘Vision 2025’ identifies health and wellness as a focused key practice area for therapists in the 21st century. Because health is an important component of physical, mental, and emotional well-being, there is an increased need for wellness-related services. Research studies examining health-related interventions indicate promising results for children’s well-being. Implementing these interventions into daily life improves a child’s neurophysiological symptoms resulting from SPD, ADHD, and ASD.  As the number of children with SPD increases and the correlation between nature-deficit disorder and prevalent childhood disorders is established, it is imperative for therapists to incorporate wellness interventions into their therapeutic strategies.  

This course identifies a decrease in physical activity as a key problem in children with sensory processing disorder (SPD), attention deficit disorder (ADHD), and autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  Therapists will learn why lack of movement contributes to physical, emotional, and behavioral challenges in children with childhood disorders as they are introduced to a variety of wellness strategies focusing on meaningful occupations, including outdoor activities in nature, healthy foods, yoga, deep breathing, and mindfulness activities.

In this course therapists will learn about the evidence-based therapeutic value of yoga for children and youth. Yoga addresses a wide spectrum of a child’s developmental needs, from emotional regulation and attention span to motor planning and coordination. Individual yoga poses are selected for discussion of sensory and musculoskeletal benefits. Therapists learn the assets of yoga as an effective approach to help children overcome deficits so that they can experience quality of life through meaningful and joyful activity. 

This course will also examine the neuroscientific evidence about the benefits of exposure to nature. Therapists will learn to identify characteristics of ‘Nature-Deficit Disorder’, a term coined by Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, and discover why getting outside in nature is important for the health and well-being of children and youth.  Jenny will present evidence-based information about physical activity in nature, the benefits of ‘blue space’, and agricultural literature and its impact on a child’s nutrition. 

Participants will develop a repertoire of fun and practical activities to connect children with nature, ideas on how to bring the outdoors inside to schools and clinics, therapeutic gardening for children, geocaching, animal-assisted therapy, and more. These pediatric health and wellness strategies and interventions include activities that parents, teachers, and therapists can implement in a variety of settings, and help children develop many important skills that can be applied to daily life experiences. 


1. Examine current evidence illustrating health and wellness needs in the pediatric population to substantiate application of therapeutic interventions.

2. Analyze health-related challenges in prevalent childhood disorders to correlate a common need across a diverse population of youth.

3. Develop a repertoire of occupation-based wellness interventions for youth that can be applied to home, school, and community settings. 1580 Coney Island Avenue (bet. Ave L & M) Brooklyn, NY (Q-Train)  

LONG ISLAND, NY - Integrating Primitive Movement Patterns: Achieve Control over Reflexive Body and Mind Stress Responses with Miriam Manela, OTR/L International presenter, noted author

  • Sunday and Monday
  • December 16 & December 17, 2018
  • Location: North Woodmere - 5 -Towns - 410 Hungry Harbor Road, Valley Stream, NY 11581  (10 min from central ave in Lawrence, Long Island)
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 12 Contact Hours - 12 NBCOT PDUs,/1.2 CEU's

Three day workshop of techniques and tools that help children achieve calm, focus and self-regulation. 

This series offers proven strategies and tools that can be implemented immediately to expand your treatment program for each child by decreasing stress responses. You can expect to broaden your understanding of the role of 

  • Fear Paralysis (FPR),
  • Moro reflexes 
  • and associated reflexes to develop a sense of safety so that the child can learn to be grounded, confident, and secure. 

The common behavioral disruptions that will be addressed include:

  • Sensory processing disorder
  • Freeze with withdrawal
  • Poor adaptability
  • Over-reactivity
  • Insecurity
  • Anxieties
  • Hyperactivity
  • Outbursts of anger

New Course for December 2018

Interoception with Kelly Mahler sponsored by TheraMoves The hidden sense

BROOKLYN, NY - Interoception, The Eighth Sense: Solutions for promoting emotional well being, self-regulation and social participation with Kelly J Mahler MS, OTR/L, noted Author

  • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
  • Location: 1580 Coney Island Avenue (bet. Ave L & M) Brooklyn, NY (Q-Train) 
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • 6 Contact Hours - 6 NBCOT PDUs,/.6 CEU's 
  • Please refer to the registration tab (on the next page) for more information i.e. cost and early bird discounts

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

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. 

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

  • Many evidence-based strategies for assessing and improving interoception will be shared.

2019 Winter-Spring upcoming Conferences


Monday Evening

JANUARY 7, 2019

6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Each participant will be receiving the Tool  for Tots! Handbook 

SENSORY TOOL CHEST - From the Tool Chest series

Tuesday OR Wednesday

JANUARY 8, 2019 or JANUARY 9, 2019

8:00 am - 3:30 pm

Each participant will be receiving the Sensory Tool Chest Handbook


Tuesday & Wednesday 

JANUARY 15 & 16, 2019

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

Instructor: Gail Ritche, OTR, C/NDT with Brenda J. Lindsay PT, C/NDT 

*Limited Space*

Rhythmic Movement Training Level 1 & 2 (3-day course)

Sunday, Monday & Tuesday

FEBRUARY 10, 11, & 12, 2019

Location: TBD 

8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Instructor: Janet McDonald, MEd

*Limited Space*

Praxis and Sensory Processing Disorder: The sensible approach!

Wednesday or Thursday (one day)

February 27 OR February 28, 2019

Location: TBD, NEW YORK

8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

Instructor:  David Blaski, OTR/L

Rhythmic Movement Training Level 3 Reading and Writing (2-days)

Sunday and Monday

MARCH 3 & 4, 2019

 Location: TBD, NEW YORK 

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

RMT Level 1 & 2 - pre-requisite

Instructor: Jenni Halstead

*Limited Space*


2 choice dates, 2 choice locations

Monday or Tuesday

APRIL 1 OR APRIL 2, 2019

Location: TBD, NEW YORK 

8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Instructor: Sarah Wards, SLP



MAY 14, 2019



Sunday & Monday

May 19 & 20, 2019

Location: TBD, NEW YORK 

To register online, kindly email the following information to Name, home address, cell number, and discipline.  In the subject line, please state which course you would like to register for. An invoice will be sent to you so that you can pay online via e-check. (For S'cool moves, please indicate the location) 

Let us know specific topics of interest for future courses!

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