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A Conversation with Leorah Bernstein, MS, OTR/L

moderated by Robyn Carreras, MS, OTR/L 

Thursday, May 2, 2024 7 – 8pm EST

(recording available by May 6, 2024)

LiveTalks are hour long panel discussions. These LiveTalks have not been recorded yet. LiveTalks are included in SPIRAL membership.

Description: Join us for an insightful discussion focused on nurturing sensory development in early childhood. In this session, we’ll touch upon key milestones of sensory development in infancy and early childhood, as well as explore various intervention strategies aimed at supporting sensory integration in young children. Through the analysis of a selected case study, we’ll briefly examine intervention ideas and techniques. Additionally, we’ll highlight the essential role caregivers play in promoting sensory development and facilitating holistic growth during this pivotal developmental stage. The session will include dedicated time for questions and answers, allowing for an interactive exchange of ideas.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this series, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the foundational principles of sensory integration across different stages of the lifespan.
  2. Identify common sensory processing challenges and variations experienced by individuals from early childhood to old age.
  3. Define effective strategies and interventions for supporting sensory integration in diverse populations across the lifespan.

Audience: OT, PT, SLP, OTA, PTA, Educators, Parent

Course Level: Introductory. There are no prerequisites for this series.

AOTA Areas: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery: Evaluation, Intervention and Outcomes. Foundational Knowledge: Human Body, Development, and Behavior.

Contact Hours: The entire Live Talk series is worth 5 contact hours or 0.5 AOTA CEUs. Individual Live Talks are each worth 1 contact hour or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To earn contact hours or AOTA CEUs for each Live Talk, participants must attend or view the online session in its entirety (accessible via a Zoom link), and successfully complete the accompanying quiz.

About the Speakers:

Leorah Bernstein, MS, OTR/L: Leorah is a licensed and certified occupational therapist. She earned both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in occupational therapy from Boston University. Since graduating, Leorah has worked in early intervention, providing home-based services aimed at supporting families with babies and toddlers with a variety of delays and diagnoses. She is a Certified Early Intervention Specialist in MA and has a special interest in helping parents to better understand their child’s needs and providing individualized treatments using a strengths-based approach. In her spare time, Leorah enjoys hiking, yoga, going to the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family.

Robyn Carreras, MS, OTR/L (Moderator): Robyn is a seasoned occupational therapist with over 15 years of experience specializing in sensory integration therapy. As the moderator for the SPIRAL Foundation’s 2024 Live Talk Series, Robyn brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in facilitating discussions on sensory integration. Her passion for advocacy and education in the field of occupational therapy makes her an invaluable asset to this series.

Disclosure: No disclosures.

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact

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Continuing Education:

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants: SPIRAL Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

The Spiral Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as such your donation is tax deductible.