We’re excited that you’re considering ProWorkshops at Therapy West, Inc. for your continuing education needs. We believe that continuing education courses are critical for the development of therapists. We strive to offer courses that are based on the latest research and are taught by leaders in the field. ProWorkshops at Therapy West, Inc. has been providing continuing education for over 10 years and we are confident our workshops will help further your professional development.
The course has 7 synchronous or face-to-face hours in four modules of 1 to 2 hours each, and 9 asynchronous hours that participants complete online.
Participants can review recorded presentations in preparation for synchronous encounters with the authors of both instruments.
Synchronous meetings with authors (hours are Pacific Standard Time):
Asynchronous: Participants review presentations, videos and learning activities between July 15th and August 12th, 2022
Professional with a university degree in Occupational Therapy or Physical Therapy
It is recommended that participants have access to a SOSI-M KIT
This course covers the theory, administration, scoring, and interpretation of the Structured Observations of Sensory-Motor Integration (SOSI-M) and the Comprehensive Observations of Proprioception (COP-R). The SOSI-M is an assessment for children between 5 and 14 years of age based on Dr. Ayres’ clinical observations standardized scores in a national sample (USA) and with numerous pilot studies in more than 6 countries. The SOSI-M includes 14 observations that allow therapists to expand their field of action in the diagnosis of sensory-motor problems in children and pre-adolescents. The COP-R is an observation-based instrument that includes the analysis of 18 items and is one of the first instruments to measure proprioception in the clinical setting. Both instruments allow therapists to obtain and report additional results in the areas of postural control, motor planning, and vestibular and proprioceptive processing. In this course the authors will guide participants in the administration, scoring and clinical interpretation of the results obtained with both instruments. This course must be passed with 75% on a multiple-choice exam.
Erna Imperatore Blanche, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Therapy West, Inc., a pediatric clinic specializing in children with neurodevelopmental disorders and Clinical Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California – Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Her teaching, clinical, and research efforts have concentrated on the impact of sensory processing on participation including the identification and evaluation of sensory processing challenges, areas on which she has authored and co-authored multiple publications in English and Spanish. Dr. Blanche has lectured extensively around the globe, becoming internationally recognized as an expert on these topics. In her multiple roles as professor, international lecturer, and clinician, Erna crosses the borders between clinical practice and academic research.
Gustavo Reinoso, Ph.D., OTR/L is an Associate Professor at the NSU Department of Occupational Therapy. He has been a clinician for over 25 years assessing and treating children and youth with disabilities in a variety of government, private practices, schools, university, and community settings. He has authored and co-authored several publications and regularly presents his works internationally. He is an expert in sensory processing and integration and regularly delivers education and services to clinicians and families in Europe, North America, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. His research interests include sensory integration and processing, autism, children and youth, measurement and statistics, disability studies, and the development of assessment tools.
Dominique Blanche Kiefer, OTD, OTR/L is a co-owner of Therapy West, Inc in Los Angeles, CA and an occupational therapist at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, FL. She graduated with a Bachelors of Science in engineering from Brown University and also holds a Masters Degree and Occupational Therapy Doctorate from the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Southern California. She teaches courses in evaluation and treatment using sensory integration, clinical observations and school-based practice. She has published numerous articles and book chapters and was one of the original authors/directors of the video “A. Jean Ayres: the pioneer behind sensory integration”.
Part One Asynchronous Material: Analysis of neurotypical development compared to infants and toddlers who are delayed or developing atypically. Available starting Saturday, November 12th, 2022
Part One Synchronous Session: Friday, December 2nd, 2022 4 pm-7 pm PST
Part Two In-Person NDT handling labs and client demonstration: Saturday, December 3rd, 2022 8 am-4:30 pm hosted at Therapy West’s Gardena location (18333 S Main St. Gardena, CA 90248)
*Part Two is limited to 25 participants, so please register early!
*Unable to attend Part Two? We encourage you to participate in Part One as it is all virtual!
Please make sure to have an NDT doll available to you for practice for Part One’s Synchronous Session as well as for Part Two!
This course is designed for therapists who work with infants and toddlers including physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists. Analysis of neurotypical as compared to delayed or neurodiverse development will lay the foundation for early identification and assessment of sensory-motor issues in young children. Evidence-based treatment strategies to enhance developmental and functional outcomes guiding decision-making will be emphasized. The instructor will discuss current concepts on early intervention utilized within the family context and various natural environments. This is an interactive course in which participants will learn through lectures, case presentations, treatment demonstrations and group problem-solving.
Friday, March 24th, 2023 with 7:30 am check-in; course 8 am – 5 pm AND Saturday March 25th, 2023 with 7:30 am check-in; course 8 am – 2 pm
18333 S. Main St., Gardena, CA
This course, developed by Mary Massery, proposes a new definition of “core stability;” redefining it as the dynamic control of trunk pressures to optimize postural stability (balance). Dr. Massery’s “soda pop can model” links breathing mechanics to postural control using multi-system interactions. The speaker presents novel research demonstrating the role of vocal folds as postural stabilizers, extending the concept of “core stability” from the vocal folds on the top of the trunk to the pelvic floor on the bottom. In Part 2, the focus is ssessing “normal” breathing patterns, neuromotor breathing retraining techniques and manual assistive cough techniques during hands-on labs. Multiple clinical cases will be used to cement the concepts. The course is applicable for any pediatric or adult patient (or therapist) who breathes!
Dr. Leddy competed his BS in Physical Therapy in the Netherlands in 1988, his DPT at Rocky Mountain University in 2017, and his APTA certification as a Pediatric Clinical Specialist in 2018. In 2019, he completed a 2-year invited apprenticeship to become Mary Massery’s third certified faculty member!
Dr. Leddy’s interest in breathing and postural control extends beyond pediatrics and includes complex neurological patients, adult orthopedic patients, and elite level ballerinas. He is a life-long learner and teacher, focusing on creating long-term benefits for his clients, such as with his “Now What?” peer project pairing young adults with cerebral palsy (CP) with adult mentors with CP.
Vincent’s proudest “Mary Massery moment” was using Dr. Massery’s concepts to improve the breathing patterns of an infant with developmental delays caused by gastric reflux and multi-system consequences. He would not have recognized this link without the mentorship he received in his faculty training. He can’t wait to show other therapists how to apply these concepts to their patients.
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