I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience through the delivery of interactive, research-informed & fun online & in-person workshops.
The following is a sample of the types of workshops I offer:
Sensory Processing & Child Development
This workshop provides an overview of DSM-5 diagnostic criteria, prevalence, sex differences and early markers for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Associated & co-occurring developmental disabilities, medical and mental health conditions, relevant research trends as well as new strength-based perspectives in interpreting the duality of autism will be discussed. My BEST (Body, Emotional, Sensory, Thinking) framework of evidence-based interventions to support kids and youth on the spectrum will also be included.
This interactive workshop explores sensory processing, sensory assessments, sensory-based interventions & strengths-based coaching approaches that therapists can utilize with children who experience sensory processing differences (including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) to support function and participation in daily tasks.
The first day of the workshop highlights the different sensory systems, relevant research & best practice for sensory processing assessment & intervention. You will also learn core concepts of solution-focused coaching (SFC) to improve your communication in effectively coaching parents and caregivers.
The second day focuses on my BEST (Body, Emotional, Sensory, Thinking) framework of evidence-based interventions to support children’s skill development in the areas of play, feeding, sleep, self-care, school readiness and participation in family routines & leisure activities.
This 2-day interactive workshop explores sensory processing, recommended sensory assessments, Sensory-Based Interventions (SBIs) and strengths-based coaching approaches that therapists & others can utilize with children and youth on the autism spectrum to support function and participation in meaningful daily activities.
This workshop highlights the different sensory systems, relevant research, new perspectives in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) & my BEST (Body, Emotional, Sensory, Thinking) Strategies to support autistic children & youth & their families.
This course will be tailored to meet your audience’s needs & includes a selection of the following modules: BEST Guide to Picky Eating, BEST Guide to Sleep, BEST Guide to Play, BEST Guide to School (with a focus on self-regulation) BEST Guide to Self-Care, BEST Guide to Leisure, BEST Guide to Work & Solution-Focused Principles for Healthcare & Education Professionals.
Sensory Processing & Autism Across the Lifespan
A Comprehensive Introduction to Sensory Processing & Autism: Towards the Development of a Strengths-based & Neurodiversity-friendly Occupational Therapy Practice (2 Day Workshop)
As our understanding of autism and co-occurring conditions continues to evolve, occupational therapists need to adopt strengths-based, neurodiversity-friendly and trauma-informed best practices to support function and participation in meaningful daily occupations.
This two-day interactive workshop explores sensory processing, recommended assessments, evidence-based sensory-based interventions (SBIs) and strengths-based coaching approaches that you can utilize with neurodivergent children, teens and adults who experience sensory processing differences* (including, but not limited to, autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder as well as anxiety and other mental health conditions) to support engagement in daily activities.
The first day of the workshop will highlight the different sensory systems, relevant research on sensory processing as well as an update on our current understanding of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) including the neurodiversity perspective and common co-occurring conditions. Recommended assessments and outcome measures will be explored and applied to case studies (child, teen and adult).
The second day will focus on specific solution-focused communication (SFC) strategies that support the therapeutic process when working with neurodivergent people & their families. The presenter’s BEST (Body, Emotional, Sensory and Thinking) strategies framework will be explored in detail and you will have the opportunity to consider how to develop an intervention plan using this framework.
Small group activities, case studies, practice opportunities, ongoing reflection and discussion will be utilized throughout the two days.
Sensory Processing & Neurodiversity Affirming Approaches
Occupational therapists need to be knowledgeable of emerging trends in the field of neurodevelopmental disabilities and feel confident with implementing strengths-based & neurodiversity-friendly best practices when working with neurodivergent people and their families.
This two-day interactive workshop explores the presenter’s BEST (Body, Emotional, Sensory and Thinking) evidence-based interventions framework to support function and participation in meaningful self-care, productivity and leisure occupations. These occupations will be explored in depth through a combination of teaching, video presentations, demonstrations, ongoing interactions with workshop participants, case studies and small group work that will explore the lived experiences of neurodivergent children, youth and adults who present with sensory processing differences* (including, but not limited to autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disability, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder as well as anxiety and other mental health conditions).
There will be a strong focus on the use of strengths-based and neurodiversity-friendly approaches throughout this workshop. The following occupations will be addressed to best support neurodivergent children, youth and adults: self-care (eating, sleep and personal hygiene), productivity (play, school and work), and leisure.