Intervention based sessions at ATRA conference

Calling all Developmental and Community Based Treatment Network Conference-goers!  Be sure to check out the following sessions to help bring evidence to your practice:

  • Developing Evidence-based Training for Adult RT Professionals, Students and Volunteers working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder 0.15 CEUs pending | CEU Session # 35 Lisa Mische Lawson, Ph.D., CTRS This session describes the development and testing of a training program for professionals, students and volunteers to work with children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Funded by Autism Speaks, Sensory Supported Swimming Instructor Training was developed to meet international demand to teach water safety and swimming to children with ASD and their families. Learn adults’ preferred methods for training and evidence-based teaching methods
  • Community/DD Treatment Network 0.15 CEUs pending | CEU Session # 44 Betsy Kemeny, Ph.D., CTRS The educational session of the Community/Developmental Disability Treatment Network will focus on current evidence-based practice for recreational therapy practice for individuals with mental health issues. Advocacy efforts around specific public policy issues will be explained. Competencies for the practice of Behavioral Health recreational therapy will be explored. Treatment network coordinators will facilitate discussion on current practices, and future plans for the treatment network
  • Swim Whisperers: Recreational Therapy Aquatic Program for Teaching Swimming to Children with Autism Cindy Freedman, TRS, MOTR Dive into teaching children with Autism and sensory issues how to swim with a proven curriculum that addresses the 14 most commonly seen roadblocks. Learn to identify the underlying problem instead of treating the symptom. Children will learn faster and with less discomfort than traditional methods. Drowning is the leading cause of death for children with Autism and together we can improve successful saves and teach ritual and routines that promote safety. By addressing the underlying problem for a roadblock such as, making a child go underwater successfully we can teach a child to submerge take a breath and improve safety. Every roadblock has strategies to assist a recreational program instructor how to implement the strategy, overcome the roadblock and teach the swim skills for independence in the pool.
  • From Light Strands to Sensory Rooms: Developing a Multi- Sensory Environment 0.15 CEUs pending | CEU Session # 81 Lauren Waite, Ed.M, CTRS, CCLS Children with multiple disabilities need alternative approaches to appreciate and interact with the world around them. Addressing multi-sensory activities should be offered in order to stimulate the senses and increase sensory exploration including visual, auditory, tactile, olfactory, gustatory and vestibular input. The transition from providing a variety of sensory activities as part of a recreation or therapy plan with low tech material to creating a designated multi-sensory room will be explained. This session will also explore the rational for setting up a sensory environment and will include the goals of a multi-sensory room, and potential benefits and outcomes. The basic principles of the sensory processing system as well as contraindications will be discussed. A system of evaluating a child in the multi-sensory environment and documentation the interventions will be shared. Examples will primarily be pediatric, but the information can be used for all ages and populations.

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