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PuzzleArt Therapy Training: Hands-On Visual Skills Program for Therapists

Alli Berman, MA, PAT
Susan Fisher, OD
Melissa K. Gerber, OTD, OTR/L or Serena Zeidler, OTD, OTR/L

Tuesday – May 7, 2019 – New York City
Tuesday – May 14, 2019 –Long Island, NY

The PuzzleArt Therapy Training Program is a six credit hour, full day hands-on training course with an overview of the visual, thinking, perceptual, sensory and oculomotor skills needed for success, and the PuzzleArt Therapy System which can help develop and improve 20 of these skills.

It gives an introduction to the PuzzleArt Therapy System which is the first therapy to combine binocular, perceptual, oculomotor and PuzzleArt sensory protocols using hands-on abstract art.

Therapists train on, and leave with, PuzzleArt Therapy concepts, tools, techniques and materials which can be used the very next day with their client/patient/student populations in an innovative, colorful and fun way.

The PuzzleArt Therapy System is used in private and military hospitals, clinics, universities, schools, therapy offices, and rehabilitation centers throughout the US and in 16 other countries for Visual Skills Deficits • ADD / ADHD •  Developmental Delay • Fine Motor • Gross Motor  • Motor Planning • Organization for a variety of therapy modalities such as Occupational Therapy • Physical Therapy • Vision Therapy and more . . .

*Each Participant will take home:

  • A PuzzleArt Therapy Kit – A $385.00 VALUE!!!! Use the very next day in your daily practice!

Video and photographs will be taken at this course; ALL PARTICIPANTS must consent by signing a photo/video release form.

Participants must also remain for the entire duration of the course.

$475.00 $450.00

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Product Description

Alli Berman, MA, PAT, Artist, Author and Educator for 36+ years, Berman created her interactive PuzzleArt™ to help others. Founder of Anti-Aging Art and Brain Fitness Art. One million people have benefited from her arts, professional development, therapy, creativity and educational programs. She is in museums, galleries and corporate + private collections worldwide. BA/Edu + BA/Art Stony Brook Univ, MS/Abt Pratt Institute, received MA in Education and in Doctoral Program, Gateway University.Susan Fisher, OD – Dr. Fisher is a developmental optometrist in practice for over 30 years in Westbury, NY. She has been providing vision care at the Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County for more than 20 years. She is a Past President of the New York State Optometric Association. Dr. Fisher received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the SUNY College of Optometry. Her office provides vision therapy and low vision services as well as treating patients with acquired brain injury and special needs.Serena Zeidler, OTD, OTR/L – Serena is an assistant professor at Touro College, Bay Shore, NY. Her 35 years of clinical OT experience includes school-based practice, adult and pediatric home care, day program intervention for adults with developmental disabilities, skilled nursing, and inpatient rehabilitation. Serena holds a post-professional Doctor of Occupational Therapy from Chatham University, and a MA in OT from New York University. She is a presenter on visual skills at national, state and local conferences and trainings.Melissa K. Gerber, OTD, OTR/L is a school based occupational therapist for the past 18 years. Graduating from the University at Buffalo with both her Masters and Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, she began her career at NYU Medical Center-Rusk Institute. President of 4MYKIDSOT, a private practice conducting preschool and early intervention evaluations and treatment. Melissa presents visual skills and treatment strategies workshops at local and national conferences.

PuzzleArt International, Inc. receives a speaking fee for their presentation. PuzzleArt International, Inc. is the manufacturer of the Training materials and products and hopes to generate a profit from the PuzzleArt Therapy Program – Hands-On Training for Therapists.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this program learners will be able to:

  • Define visual perception, visual motor, oculomotor, binocular and sensory skills
  • Identify the PuzzleArtTM products that will help develop and improve visual skills
  • Conduct a quick visual screening to be used in conjunction with clinical assessment and standardized tests as well as three PuzzleArtTM Sensory Protocols
  • Explain the relationship of visual skills to reading, writing and daily life skills
  • Integrate therapeutic skills using a minimum of six PuzzleArtTM Therapy products
  • Apply this new form of integrative therapy to current practice

Cost & Location:

May 7, 2019

Hotel Pennsylvania
401 Seventh Avenue

Long Island Marriott
May 14, 2019

Long Island, NY
*Long Island course will not offer refreshment

COST: $450.00 Early Registration (Early registration must be received 21 days before course);$475.00

*Each Participant will take home:

  • A PuzzleArt Therapy Kit – A $385.00 VALUE!!!! Use the very next day in your daily practice!

DISCOUNT: A discount of $15.00 will be given to each registrant when 3 or more registrations are received in the same envelope or within a 24-hour window when registering on-line.  Use code puzzle at checkout.

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.


8:00 am – 3:00 pm
*Please note: Participants should be prepared to arrive 20 minutes before training begins (promptly at 8:00 am) to receive their training kits and complete video and photo release.

7:40 – 8:00 – Registration, completion of video and photo release and distribution of kits.

8:00 -9:30 – Overview: Visual Skills, Terminology and the PuzzleArt™ Checklist for Visual Skills.  Learn the visual skills necessary for success in the classroom or clinic and our screening.

9:30 -10:15 – Introduction to PuzzleArt™ concepts and PuzzleArt™ Therapy products. Work with PuzzleArt products individually and in groups. Practice using our Discovery Checklist and Sticky Stick screening program.

10:15-10:30 – Break

10:30 -11:15 PuzzleArt™ Therapy System – Hands-on training with Challenge Grids Engage with different PuzzleArt™ products, paintings and strategies which help develop a variety of important perceptual skills. No art ability necessary.

11:15 – 12:00 – Lunch and Q&A for individual cases (it’s suggested that participants bring lunch due to the short lunch break)

12:00 -12:30 – Practice our special sensory techniques.

12:30 -1:15 – PuzzleArt™ Skill Builders and the proprioceptive differences for wall and table. Learn how to use a variety of different Skill Builders and Scan & Spot for near/far focus work, discrimination, tracking, coordination, and sensory PuzzleArt™ Protocols. Explore Solo Play and Partner Play.

1:15 -1:45 – Explore all our Activity Books, Card Pack, Track & Match, and Find & Tap progressive activities and programs. Receive one year of our Visual Skills Professional Development Library Learn some of our hundreds of activities.

1:45 – 2:00 – Break

2:00 -2:45 – Tactile Play with Original PuzzleArt™ WallWorks and TableWorks. Explore the colorful and fun original interactive art that is at the core of the PuzzleArt™ Therapy System.

2:45- 3:00 – Summary / closing remarks

Video and photographs will be taken at this course; ALL PARTICIPANTS must consent by signing a photo/video release form.

Participants must also remain for the entire duration of the course.

*Each Participant will take home:

  • A PuzzleArt Kit – A $385.00 VALUE!!!!

Target Audience:
Occupational, Physical Therapists and Assistants.

Course Level:
Intermediate level

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

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, Intermediate Level, Domain of OT: Performance Skills.