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Featuring: Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L and Olivia Easterbrooks-Dick, MS, OTR/L

Originally recorded on October 29, 2020

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Description: Children and youth spend a majority of their waking hours at school engaging in primary childhood occupations, including education, play, and social participation. In times where remote learning at home or distanced in-person learning is widespread, the demands for participating in school have shifted and children are faced with novel demands. Children with sensory processing differences are faced with new sensory and motor challenges that can impact their school participation. This webinar presents Occupational Therapy Professionals with clinical reasoning behind setting up optimal remote and in-person classroom environments and practical ideas to implement and support parents and teachers. This webinar was adapted from Spiral’s 2014 “The Sensory Friendly Classroom: Facilitating Children’s Participation” to meet the current needs of Occupational Therapy Professionals, parents, and teachers.

Learning Objectives: By the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:

1. Assess components of a sensory-friendly learning environment.
2. Recommend activities for promoting sensory processing and sensory-motor development in the learning environment
3. Compare ways of integrating sensory principles into the learning environment.

Course Level: Intermediate. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, Speech and language pathologists, Parents, Educators

AOTA Areas: Domain: Performance Skills, Process: Assessment

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hours or 0.15 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the Webinar in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speakers: Erin Flynn, MS, OTR/L
Erin is a certified and licensed Occupational Therapist in the state of Massachusetts. She received her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Sacred Heart University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from College of the Holy Cross. She has worked with children in a variety of settings including public/private schools and Boys & Girls Clubs. She recently left the Board of Directors of the Wakeman Boys and Girls Club in Fairfield, CT where she was the Vice President of Programming. While there, she helped develop and run the girl’s lacrosse program and facilitated staff education on accommodating the needs of club members with Autism. Erin is committed to developing innovative ways for children to participate in their desired activities.

Olivia Easterbrooks-Dick, MS, OTR/L
Olivia is a licensed and certified Occupational Therapist. She earned her Master of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Tufts University where she also earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development. Olivia has experience working with children and youth with varying abilities in a variety of settings including public and private schools, clinical, therapeutic, and home environments. With the whole child in mind, Olivia is dedicated to providing the individualized services that the child and family need to foster successful and fulfilling lives.

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