Intervention

A Scribble a Day Brings a Writer Your Way
Simply stated, literacy can be defined as the ability to read, write, speak, and listen with emphasis on reading and writing well. In this workshop we will focus on the role of fine motor development as it lays the foundation for the writing component of literacy. Participants will learn about the developmental progression of the upper extremity and be introduced to in hand manipulation skills. We will discuss ways to incorporate prewriting or “scribbling” into all aspects of a child’s daily life. Emphasis will be placed on practical ideas including the development of “scribble packs” for use with children of different ages in a variety of settings.

Jumping for Joy: Motor Skills and Social Emotional Development
A baby kicks her arms and legs excitedly when mother comes into sight. A toddler throws his toy across the room when told it’s time to clean up. A child jumps for joy upon hearing the start of his favorite song. Motor skill development is typically viewed as an indicator of neuromuscular status. Social Emotional Development is viewed as encompassing relationships, interactions and feeling states. However, learning about the reciprocal relationship that exists between these two domains of a child’s development may be more useful when working with young children. In this workshop we will examine this relationship from multiple perspectives. Some of the topics that will be discussed include: the expression of emotions through the muscular system; movement correlates of emotional development and the developing sense of self; an expanded interpretation of motor skill delay and/or distortions; and, the coping abilities of the young child. Come and explore the reciprocal relationship between motor skill and social emotional development.

Neuro-Science Fair
Come one, come all and experience first hand what it may be like for the children (and their families) served by intervention services providers as they take on developmentally challenging tasks. This is a workshop like you have never attended before!  In the morning participants will actively take part in various “stations” that correspond to the domains of development.  Activity analysis will be utilized to understand the components of each activity including: the prerequisite skills required, the task demands as well as the potential developmental gains. A discussion linking recent neuroscience findings specifically the role of stress, threat and emotional development with child development will be included to round out this workshop experience.  And since this is a fair, there will be fabulous prizes!   Everyone is a winner!

Mobility Precedes Stability
In this workshop we will discuss and experience the development of gross and fine motor skills during the first three years of life.  We will examine issues of muscle tone, range of motion, strength and coordination.  Foundational skills upon which advance motor skills are developed will be highlighted.  A discussion of the ways in which contemporary variables are influencing the development of these foundational skills will be facilitated.  Participants will learn about lesser-known, but vitally important, motor skills such as weight shifting and trunk rotation. Handling and positioning will be demonstrated and discussed while participants learn strategies and techniques they can incorporate into their work with all children in their care.  Dress casually, this is going to be fun! 

Positioning for Optimal Developmental Performance
When an infant or a young child experiences movement challenges or developmental delays their ability to attain and/or sustain optimal positioning for play is compromised.  This workshop will provide information regarding proper ways to carry, hold, and position infants and young children in a variety of ways that will enable them to engage in developmentally appropriate activities.  Proper adult body mechanics will be taught.  Fostering proper positioning within natural environments will be emphasized.

The Finger Bone is Connected to the Back Bone
The development and refinement of fine motor skills is not merely a function of the hand.  Fine motor skill development is dependent upon multiple variables.  In this workshop participants will learn about upper extremity range of motion, strength, endurance, and coordination.  The developmental progression from pushing up in prone to sitting and making marks with a writing utensil will be covered.

The Virtual Team
It has been said that increased specialization leads to fragmentation. Many early intervention practitioners are currently working independently.  Still, the power of the team mind is critical in helping to understand a child’s behavioral and developmental presentation.  This workshop is like none other.  There will be no lecture.  There will not be a focus on one topic.  Rather as participants sign up for this workshop they will become a “virtual team”.  The time we will spend together will determine the direction the group discussion takes.  Participants will learn from each other through facilitated team discussions using the transdisciplinary principles of trust, role release and cross training.  If you’ve attended any other workshops by Dr. Jennifer Rosinia, then you know this idea has been along time in the making.  The time has finally arrived.  Please come and participate in this next generation of Professional Development.  You won’t regret it!

When in Doubt, Blow Bubbles: Clinical Application of Developmental Activities
You know the literature.  You’ve taken the workshops. You feel competent in assessment.  Now this workshop will help you link theory and specific assessment findings to your clinical practice with children from birth to age three.  In this workshop typical and atypical early development will be reviewed and discussed.  Specific intervention strategies will be described and demonstrated.  Participants will not only learn ways to utilize developmental activities with children from birth to age three but they will also design their very own “ICB” (Intervention Cook Book). The use of a sensory processing framework for intervention design and application will be highlighted and the recent neuroscience findings will be summarized as they apply to the development of clinical intervention for children birth to age three.  Finally, the importance of working with the child in the context of a primary relationship will serve as an overarching theme for this workshop.  Participants are encouraged to come with specific challenging clinical case examples to share as well as success stories from which the participant group will be able to learn.