Specialized Brain Gym and Ocular Motor Workshop
Dates: November 11-12, 2016
Instructor: June Smith, OTR/L
Who should attend:
Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Speech-Language Pathologists, Teachers, Parents
This workshop expands traditional Brain Gym® exercises to include training in specialized Brain Gym® Building Block activities. These activities are supported by the developmental sequence and reflexes to compliment basic Brain Gym® exercises. Following observations of videos of clients using the techniques, participants will practice the exercises and will be given strategies to modify with those who have special needs or circumstances. Neurological foundations will be presented with a strong focus on the ocular motor system including a vision screening and practical application to impact learning.
Participants will experience these whole-brain learning strategies and “shifts” in their own system. Integration of sensory input within the brain/body system can reduce stress and foster rhythmic body organization. These Integrative Learning Concepts can be applied during therapy, in a home or school setting with groups or individuals. Geared to clients of all ages and abilities, exercises will demonstrate changes, at times in as quick as one minute, between pre and post functional assessments with objective evidence of effectiveness.
This interactive workshop supports:
o Movement-based & Integrative Learning Concepts
o Lowers stress & builds integration of brain/body
o Provides modifications for special populations
o Develops assessment and treatment strategies for visual deficits
Course Level: Introductory to Intermediate
Method of Instruction:
Lecture; Video Case Studies; Power Point; Hands-on Practice; Demonstration; Discussion; Pre & Post Assessment Comparison Data.
CEUs/State Approvals: 15 hours/1.5 CEUs
Applications have been submitted to the following state boards:
Maryland - Approved by the Maryland Board of Occupational Therapy Practice for 15.0 Hours; Approval #:2016:097
Delaware - Approved by the State of Delaware Board of Occupational Therapy Practice for 15.0 Hours
Maryland - Pending approval
Pennsylvania - Approved by the PA State Board of Physical Therapy for 15.0 Hours; Approval #PTCE009716
New Jersey - Approved by the New Jersey State Board of PT Examiners for 15.0 Hours; Approval #NJBPTE2016-1100
West Virginia - Approved by the West Virginia Board of Physical Therapy for 15.0 Hours; Approval #EPIC-F16-04
The Pennsylvania OT Board, Virginia PT and OT Board, and the Delaware PT Board accept board approval from any other state.
Care Resources (Epic Developmental Services) is an Approved Provider for the New York PT Board.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Learn and practice at least five Brain Gym® exercises with suggested modifications for special populations.
• Experience at least three Building Block activities through hands-on learning to support body organization through the 5 step Brain Gym® Balance process.
• Understand the importance of the midlines of the body and the visual system as it relates to physical, emotional and cognitive factors through Integrated Learning Concepts.
• Practice an assessment of ocular-motor skills following the guidelines of objective visual assessments and identify the need for an outside referral.
• Determine how pre/post assessments can provide an evidence-based approach to expand strategies to support engagement, social participation and integration.
7:30-8:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00 What is Brain Gym®?
Thinking Cap exercise: to support listening
Importance of noticing: body/environmental influences
Pre & Post functional assessments for objective evidence
9:00-10:15 Brain Gym Balance: PACE & Writing Balance
Arm Activation: support fine motor skills/attention
Lazy 8: physical and emotional influences
Double Doodles: impact on rhythm and visual system
Modifications for special populations
10:30-12:00 Three Dimensions of Learning
Noticing the midlines/planes of movement
Developing Integrative Learning
“Shifting” the system
Learning with ease/Stress-free sleep
1:00-2:00 Neurological foundations:
Three dimensions and related areas of the brain
Brain power: participation, centering & decision making
Influence of vestibular system
2:00-3:15 Research studies
Brain Gym® Building Block Activities: Lab
Skull Tapping: Brain/Body organization
3:30-4:30 Importance of: Intention of Language and impact on objective results
Positive Intention and mirror neurons
Precautions and seizure considerations
Developmental movement patterns and reflexes; Q & A
4:30-5:30 Building Block Activities: Lab
Spinal Walking: support for centering & organization
7:30-8:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast
8:00-9:00 Strategies to activate the core
Supports posture, balance & vestibular system
Neurological pathways for the eyes
9:00-10:15 Clinical Observations/Assessment of Ocular-Motor Skills:
Saccadic Eye Movement as relates to reading
10:30-12:00 Standardized ocular motor assessments
Developmental Eye Movement test
Q & A
1:00-2:45 Strategies to activate the eyes
Ambient vs. Focal pathways
Midline vs. the Periphery
Assessing Eye & Ear Dominance: Lab
3:00-4:30 Encouraging Integration through:
Rhythm as a foundation of learning
Coherent vs. Incoherent system
Fostering self-regulation & expanding the tool box
Our own electro-magnetic field
Living & learning in an enriched environment
About the Instructor:
June Smith, OTR/L, has been an O.T. for 40 years, and is Sensory Integration certified. She works full-time as a clinical and mentor at South Shore Therapies, a private sensory integration clinic. June was the first instructor certified by Cece Koester to teach the Brain Gym® for Children who have Special Needs (BG 170) course. She has developed a Vision Clinic with Developmental Optometrists to promote visual efficiency with children/adults who demonstrate learning challenges. June teaches around the country on Brain Gym® and Integrated Learning Concepts to support stress-free learning and efficiency of the ocular-motor system.
What Therapists Say About the Course:
“The course was wonderful! June gave us so many ideas of modifying the exercises to various populations including more involved children.”
“Brain gym works! This course provides evidence and helps teachers make movement breaks meaningful. I especially liked using pre & post assessments.”
What to Bring/Wear: Participants should bring a water bottle and wear comfortable clothes/shoes to move in.
Meals: Continental breakfast will be provided; lunch is on your own.
Location/Parking Information: Care Resources Conference Center; Free parking in the back of the building. Enter through the Conference Center doors. Call 410.583.1515 for last minute directions.
Please check with Epic Developmental Services before making airline reservations. Epic Developmental Services cannot be responsible for non-course fee charges incurred by participants due to course cancellation.
Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel
903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson, MD 21204, 410.321.7400
Just 1.5 miles from the Care Resources Conference Center; across the street from the Towson Town Center with an over-street walkway to the Mall. Ask for the Epic Developmental Services rate of $127.00.
Best Western Plus – Towson Baltimore North Hotel & Suites
1100 Cromwell Bridge Road, Towson, MD 21286, 410.823.4410
One block (walking distance) from the Care Resources Conference Center. Ask for the Epic Developmental Services rate of $89.00.
Questions about this course or your registration?
Please call us at 1.888.613.2275 or email us at CE@epicdevelopmentalservices.com.
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What is the cancellation policy?
To cancel your registration, please send a written request via email or fax to CE@epicdevelopmentalservices.com or 410.583.9670, at least 21 days prior to a one/two-day course and 14 days prior to an hourly course. If you cancel after this date, and prior to the start of the course, you may receive a rain check (less the administrative fee) for a future Epic Developmental Services program. Refunds and rain checks will be issued within 15 business days. No refunds are possible after this time. If you are registered for a course and do not attend, you are still responsible for the course fee and no refunds or credits will be issued. Please review the refund policy below for applicable administrative fees based on course type.
What is the refund policy?
• One-day and Two-day Courses
Tuition, less a $50 administrative fee, is refundable with a written request and must be received at least 21 days prior to the start of the course. No refund is possible less than 21 days prior to a course.
• Hourly Courses (less than 7-hours)
Tuition, minus a $20 administrative fee, is refundable with a written request received at least 14 days prior to the start of the course. No refund is possible less than 14 days prior to a course.