Full Course Description
Early Intervention for Social-Emotional Development: Successful Sensory-Based Strategies for Birth to 5 Years
- Summarize how sensory and motor systems affect social-emotional development.
- Analyze characteristics of sensory processing disorder, autism and general developmental delays.
- Formulate when a concern is related to sensory or behavior problems.
- Implement strategies for sleep and feeding concerns that can be used at home, daycare or school.
- Employ strategies that will help children maintain attention, focus and regulation.
- Design and demonstrate how to create plans for parents.
- Produce multi-sensory experiences in treatment to improve cognitive and social skills.
Foundations of Social-Emotional Development: Birth- 5 Years
- Attachment & relationships
- Disorders and delays that impact development
- Sensory and motor developmental factors
- Foundations for treatment: Current research
Evaluation Tools & Assessment for Service
- Family assessments
- Five area assessments
- Social-emotional assess
Treatment-based Strategies for Motor Development
- Sensory integration
- Strength and coordination activities
- Interactive Metronome
- Music and movement
- Timing and sequencing
Sensory-based Strategies for Feed
- Assessing sensory areas that affect feeding; tactile, olfactory, gustatory and proprioception
- Mealtime behaviors: Routine, structure and scheduling
- Four step sensory approach
Strategies for Behavioral Disorders
- Routines and schedules to decrease behaviors
- Daily report cards to improve self-regulation
- Impact of sleep and nutrition on behaviors and strategies for each
Strategies for Emotional Disorders
- Self-regulation technique to avoid meltdowns
- Build self-esteem and confidence to improve social skills
- Visual schedules to decrease frustration
- Augmentative communication to improve social and emotional development
- Social-communication for developmentally appropriate peer play
- Multi-sensory experiences to improve cognitive and social skills
- Personal stories to improve school and community behaviors
- Video-modeling to improve peer interaction
Sensory Motor Play in Early Intervention: Improving Self-Regulation, Social Skills and Development
- Articulate extensive knowledge of the 7 sensory systems.
- Determine the characteristics of hypo-responsivity and hyper-responsivity within sensory systems.
- Explore the different types of play and the role each plays in early intervention.
- Communicate why excessive technology interferes with many areas of development.
- Design sensory and motor play interventions for motor development, emotional/behavioral development and self-regulation.
- Utilize new activities to incorporate into your classrooms/therapy/homes.
- Employ visual-cognitive strategies to enhance self-regulation.
- Overview of Sensory Systems
- Emphasis on tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive
- Visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory
- Body in space/body awareness
- Modulation - when is it a problem?
- Impact of Sensory on Behavior, Performance and Learning
- Attention, self-regulation, organization, executive function
- Motor output (gross, fine, handwriting)
- Activities of daily living (ADL’s)
- Behavior, social skills and self-esteem
- Effective Intervention Strategies for:
- Use all 7 systems-we are more than just auditory and visual learners
- Modulation-characteristics of hyper and hypo systems
- Concentrate on foundation skills and deep pressure/heavy work
- Sensory Lifestyle/Toolbox - How to use what’s right there
- Sound therapies and music- utilizing what you hear to change behavior and performance
- Environmental modifications
- Interactive Metronome, Brain Gym and more
- Yoga, Pilates, Me Moves-How movement helps
- Breathing, oral-motor-using the ribcage and mouth to regulate
- Meltdowns-prevention and what to do if you can’t
- Transitions- how to help!
- Social stories, visual-cognitive strategies and more
- The 5 different types of play and their role in development
- Use “Theory of Mind” framework to facilitate play and regulation
- Enhancing independent play vs. adult/computer-directed play
- Activities to enhance creative play, ideation and planning abilities
- Activities to prepare for core curriculum goals in K and early elementary
Early Intervention for Autism: Assessment & Treatment Strategies for Birth to 5
- Characterize the six developmental milestones found in young children as it relates to case conceptualization for the treatment of autism.
- Analyze the 14 ‘red flags’ found in a young child who is at-risk for autism and utilize this information to assist with assessment and treatment planning.
- Explain the subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants for purposes of parent/family psychoeducation.
- Utilize six screening and assessment tools to determine if autism is present in a young child.
- Employ specific clinical strategies/techniques to reduce and replace challenging behaviors inherent to autism.
- Characterize aberrant play behaviors in children that can be an early identifier to the possible risk for autism.
- Screening and Assessment
- Measure developmental milestones
- ‘Red flags’ of autism
- Subtle differences in neurotypical and at-risk infants
- Latest research in early intervention
- Video case studies:
- Neurotypical and at-risk development
- Subtle, easy to miss signs of autism
- Distinct results of early intervention
- Treatment Framework: Interrupt/Replace Coping Behaviors
- Underpinnings of displayed behavior
- Recognize and support sensory seeking/ avoiding actions
- Pair preferred and non-preferred actions/activities to enhance change
- Replacement activities that can interfere with aberrant behaviors
- The power of distraction that can alter rigid behaviors
- Stimulate engagement as initially related to their interests
- Unstick the ‘sticky’ attention
- Steps to broaden child’s play-based activity
- Strategies/Techniques to Treat ‘Coping Behaviors’
- Sensory seeking/avoiding
- Reduced engagement
- Reduction of social reciprocity
- Resistance to cuddling/being held
- Eating/sleeping challenges
- Repetitive behaviors
- Under-developed communication
- Resistance to change
- Treatment Case Studies:
- How to begin treatment with a 9 month old
- 14 month old who does not respond to pain
- 2 year old with hyper-focus issues
- Build Customized Treatment Plans
- Practice designing realistic goals
- Dissect behaviors to build effective treatment plans
- Design a treatment plan for your client
- Reduce Insurance Denials
- Writing obtainable goals
- Documentation: Treatment steps to show progress