Moving, Playing and Learning: Sensory Processing in Very Young Children
Michelle Kemper, MS, OTR/L
This intermediate/advanced-level training for FIRST 5 partners will explore what is happening when the sensory information that the very young child takes in daily from the world and from within his/her own body is not smoothly processed and integrated. It will address how this dysfunction impacts the lives of children and their families. When the process works well, the child feels competent and confident in play, movement, learning, mealtimes and sleep. When there is disruption in sensory processing the child can feel overwhelmed and ineffective, and adults may worry about the child’s ability to participate in key aspects of daily life.
We will examine various tools that help clinicians, teachers, care providers and parents share a common ‘sensory’ language and determine if a child is experiencing these specific difficulties. We will discuss, through case studies (ours as well as your own), strategies that help mitigate the impact of sensory processing disorders. In particular, we will explore strategies that modify the ‘occupations’ of the child and the child’s environment to support self-regulation, self-efficacy and self-confidence.
The goal of this talk is to provide FIRST 5 partners with information, resources and strategies to ensure you feel more comfortable and confident in supporting the families of children with sensory processing challenges. Bring your questions and concerns so that we can make this session interactive and better focused on your immediate needs.
Parents/caregivers and professionals outside the FIRST 5 network are also welcome.
When: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Where: Parents Helping Parents Sobrato Center for Nonprofits – San Jose: 1449 Parkmoor Ave. San Jose, CA 95126
Registration: Online at www.php.com. Click event by date, then complete SurveyMonkey questions to register. Please call (408) 727-5775 ext. 136 with questions.