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HANDLE® Level 1: Insights and Strategies for Improving School Based Performance – Staten Island & Long Island

Shifra K. Leiser, OTD, OTR/L

April 2, 2019 – Staten Island, NY

June 3, 2019 – Long Island, NY

HANDLE®, which stands for Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopmental and Learning Efficiency, is a simple, effective, empowering, movement-based therapy approach to strengthening underlying sensory, motor and  neurological systems that are contributing to learning and life difficulties.  HANDLE® activities are neuro-developmentally sound harnessing the latest research on brain plasticity and building on client motivation. 

In this hands-on and interactive one-day course, participants will gain an understanding of the basic tenets of the HANDLE® paradigm in order to view and analyze behavioral and functional difficulties in the classroom from a unique perspective.  From this perspective, participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of easy-to-implement, fun and versatile therapeutic HANDLE® activities in order to address and ameliorate these difficulties.  HANDLE® activity programs can be customized for use with individuals or groups, built into sensory diets and/or taught to teachers and parents as part of classroom or home programming.   The main therapeutic modality of HANDLE®, Gentle Enhancement™, will be explored and analyzed as supported by current research literature and applied to the pediatric client of any functioning level within the school setting. 

April 2, 2019 – Staten Island, NY
Cost: Early -$285.00 | Regular – $310.00

Group Discounts
3 to 4 registrants – Early –  $269.72 | Regular – $293.38  (use code group3)

5 to 6 registrants – Early – $254.48 | Regular – $276.80 (use code group5)
7 or more registrants – Early – $244.27 | Regular – $265.70 (use code group7)

June 3, 2019 – Long Island, NY
Cost: Early – $275.00 | Regular – $300.00 

Group Discounts
3 to 4 registrants – Early – $260.26 | Regular – $283.92 (use code group3)

5 to 6 registrants – Early – $245.55 | Regular – $267.87 (use code group5)
7 or more registrants – Early – $235.70 | Regular – $257.13 (use code group7)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rates, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours if registering on-line and in the same envelope if registering by mail.  PLEASE NOTE: Registrations received after a group has been processed will not be eligible for the discount.

To ensure that all group members receive the appropriate discount, choose a group name and be sure that each person registering adds the name in the “other notes” section at checkout.

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Product Description

Shifra K. Leiser, OTD, OTR/L,
Asst. Professor in the Touro Manhattan OT Program, is a SIPT-Certified OT with 20 years of clinical experience.  Shifra is a certified HANDLE® Practitioner and Instructor, studying directly under Judith Bluestone, founder of HANDLE®.  Shifra artfully fuses Sensory Integration and HANDLE® for optimal results.  For more information about HANDLE®, please visit www.HANDLE.org.  

Shifra K. Leiser receives a speaking fee for her presentation and has no nonfinancial relationships to disclose. 

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this program learners will be able to:
  • Understand how neurodevelopmental functions interact either to facilitate or to impair learning and interpersonal behaviors
  • Learn methods with which to identify neurodevelopmental systems that require therapeutic intervention
  • Explain how social and academic behaviors and developmental histories provide information about developmental dysfunction
  • Begin to view neurodevelopment from a model of interactive and interdependent functioning, a model that enables a nonjudgmental approach to individual differences
  • Be able to recognize subtle signs of stress, in order to individualize task challenges appropriately
  • Gain hands-on experience by learning, practicing and modifying several HANDLE® activities that may be used with groups or one-on-one to enhance neurodevelopment and function.

Cost & Location:
April 2, 2019 – Staten Island
Hilton Garden Inn
1100 South Avenue
$310.00; Early Registration $285.00

June 3, 2019 – Long Island
Long Island Marriott
101 James Doolittle Blvd.
Uniondale, NY
$300.00; Early Registration $275.00


*Cost includes take-home kit.

Group Discounts Available!


Tuesday – April 2, 2019 – Staten Island
Monday – June 3, 2019 – Long Island

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

8:00-8:15 am –  Introductions and Course Objectives

  • What behaviors or functional difficulties are you encountering in the classroom and with your pediatric clients?

8:15-9:30 – Foundations of HANDLE®Behavior as Communication

  • Learn and Practice HANDLE® Activities

9:30-9:45 – Morning Break

9:45-11:45 – Foundations of HANDLE® continued:  Gentle Enhancement™ as Key

  • Learn and Practice HANDLE® Activities

11:45 – 12:00 PM – “Everything you need to know about the brain in 15 minutes!”

  • The critical role of the Cranial Nerves and Autonomic Nervous System

12:00- 12: 45 – Lunch Break (on your own)

12: 45- 3:00 – Overview of Sensory Motor Systems that Support Function with related HANDLE® activities

  • Introduction to Sensory Motor Interdependency and Interaction Chart (SMII) as a tool to create an individualized neuro-developmental profile
  • Learn and practice HANDLE® Activities

Materials and instruction sheets for each activity will be provided for you.

*Cost includes take-home kit.

Target Audience:
OT, OTA, PT, PTA, SLP, Special Education Teachers and Teacher’s Assistants

Course Level:
All levels

Educational Credits:
6 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

Application has been made to the NJ Board of PT Examiners for 6 credits.

Recognized by the NY State Education Department’s State Board for Physical Therapy as an approved provider of physical therapy and physical therapy assistant continuing education.   Approved for 6 contact hours.

color web&ppt TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures. Approved by AOTA for .6 CEUs.  6 contact hours, Mixed Level, Domain of OT: Performance Skills.


This course will be offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Various level, Professional area).



Here’s what some of our satisfied participants are saying about the course:

“I really enjoyed this course. It was relevant to OTs and PTs with varying degrees of experience. And it offered a fresh, new approach.”

“Shifra was fantastic! She is easy to listen to and to follow, and she answered all questions professionally. It’s nice to walk away from a course and be able to utilize the material presented immediately.”

“I really enjoyed this course and the content. It was very educational, and I’m excited to implement what I learned into my sessions.”