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HANDLE® Level 2: Insights and Strategies for Improving School-Based Performance – Long Island

Shifra K. Leiser, OTD, OTR/L

June 5, 2019 – Long Island, NY

HANDLE®, which stands for Holistic Approach to Neurodevelopmental and Learning Efficiency, is a specialized non-drug approach to strengthening underlying sensory motor systems that are contributing to learning and life difficulties.

In this follow up Part-2 HANDLE course, participants will delve further into the analysis of interactive and interdependent neurodevelopmental systems that work together to either promote or impede function across environments, including the classroom.  Core tenets of the HANDLE paradigm will  as well as variations of Level 1 activities will be explored and new HANDLE activities introduced for hands-on practice and learning.  This course is only open to professionals who have taken Level 1 HANDLE training.  Fortify your implementation skills of Level 1 activities while acquiring novel Level 2 tools, activities and methods for immediate implementation into your practice.

June 5, 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, or 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.

$300.00 $275.00

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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:

  • Participants 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
    • Begin to view neurodevelopment from a model of interactive and interdependent functioning, which model 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 learned in Level 1 as well as novel Level 2 activities that may be used with groups or one-on-one to enhance neurodevelopment and function

Cost & Location:

June 5, 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!


Wednesday – June 5, 2019 – Long Island

8:00 am – 3:00 pm

8:00 – 9:45     The HANDLE Paradigm

  • Neuroscientific underpinnings
  • Gentle Enhancement™
  • Shifts in practice
  • Variations on Level 1 activities

9:45 -10:00     Morning Break

10:00 – 12:00     Sensory Motor Systems that Support Function and related HANDLE activities

  • Sensory Motor Interdependency and Interaction Chart (SMII) as a tool to analyze behavior and create an individualized neuro-developmental profile
  • Neuro-developmental Processes and Systems including: Olfaction, Gustation, Tactility, Vestibular
  • Learn and practice HANDLE activities

12:00 – 12: 45     Lunch Break

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

  • Sensory Motor Interdependency and Interaction Chart (SMII) as a tool to analyze behavior and create an individualized neuro-developmental profile (continued)
  • Neuro-Developmental Processes and Systems including: Muscle Tone, Kinesthesia, Proprioception, Audition, Visual function, and Interhemispheric Integration
  • Learn and practice HANDLE Activities

*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 (Advanced level, Professional area).