What is Seen and What is Not: How to integrate understandings of the Individual Profile into treatment of children with sensory-affective regulation challenges

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Date(s) - October 25
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Tal Baz, MS, OTR/L
Early Bird Registration by September 27th
Individual – $105
Group – $95
* Approved for 6 CEU’s * for Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Marriage & Family Therapists, CASAC (5.5 hours), Psychology & Education (at school discretion)
Friday, October 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.
Regular Registration (after September 27, 2019): $115
Group Rates:
Agencies sending 6 or more staff to a single full-day workshop are eligible for a Group Rate.
  • Regular Registration: $105 per person
*Please inquire for large groups theinstituteforparenting@adelphi.edu .
About the Program
In the last couple of decades, there has been a significant increase in understanding the sensory processing, modulation, and integration capacities and their impact on child development and behavior. These processes are located, for the most part, in the Central Nervous System. More recently, the spotlight has started to shift towards motor capacities and their impact on developmental trajectories, as well as stress and the multitude of ways in which development is constricted, arrested, and impacted by it. These shifts, which are unfolding in both research and clinical domains, require us to expand our frame of reference to include understandings of the Peripheral Nervous System, especially as it relates to the experience of movement and thus the experience of moving with/towards/away from, and of the Autonomic Nervous System, especially as it relates to the capacity to detect threat and regulate stress. In this workshop, we will: review current theoretical models that correspond to the different components of the nervous system, discuss the interconnections between concepts highlighted by these models, explore ways in which this knowledge helps us expand and refine our perception of the unique individual, and better understand the profiles of children with sensory-affective regulation challenges (including, but not limited to, ASD) and their families.
Participants will be able to:
  1. Gain knowledge and understanding of current theoretical models pertaining to the CNS, PNS, and ANS.
  2. Become more able to relate concepts from the different theoretical frames of reference to clinical challenges.
  3. Expand the repertoire of their clinical methodologies and techniques to address their clients’ challenges as they are reflected in the different components of the nervous system.
Program Outline:
  1. The core deficit in ASD and other regulatory and communication disorders
  2. Sensory processing, modulation and integration – exploring the main job of the Central Nervous system
  3. Sensing Movement – exploring the main job of the Peripheral Nervous System
  4. Experiencing Stress (Fight. Flight, Freeze) – exploring the main job of the Autonomic Nervous System
  5. Implications for treatment
About the Presenter
Tal Baz, MS, OTR/L is a registered and licensed Occupational Therapist who has practiced as a therapist, supervisor and consultant for 30 years. She works both nationally and internationally with families, clinicians, and various school systems, and teaches DIR/Floortime courses through the Profectum Foundation. Her special interests are in sensory-affective regulation, as it develops within the parent-child relational field. 
Tal has served on the DIR Faculty since 2001. In addition to that, she is also trained in Sensory Integration, listening therapies (Therapeutic Listening and SAMONAS), Interactive Metronome, and Instrumental Enrichment.

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