LIVE Webinar: Sensory Informed Practice in School Based Occupational Therapy

Virginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L

Wednesday – March 2, 2022

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST
*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to webinar (Feb. 16, 2022). GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE!

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Student centered, holistic and meaningful occupational therapy services in schools look below the surface and extend far beyond skill training and behavioral management. OTs are mandated via our core values to facilitate engagement in meaningful occupations, build classroom confidence, and role competence. We do this by supporting the whole child, in context, and using a top down and a bottom up approach. Without losing focus on function and classroom participation it is critical that OTs address core client factors like sensory integration, psychological well-being, sense of self and relational health. This way we can move beyond “preferred” versus “non-preferred activities” and build generalized classroom- school- and community-engagement. Engagement on the child’s own terms, because they want to, and because they can. 

This course will bring you back to foundational client factors that impact every student’s developing sense of self, ability to access academic learning, and social-emotional development. You will learn how to identify individualized client factors and relate them to function (reasons for referral). You will also take home practical strategies for student support in one-to-one OT, in the classroom and for the whole classroom/school that you can implement immediately.

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be should be able to:

  1. Identify why sensory informed, relationship based frameworks are beneficial and necessary for school based OT. (You will be able to articulate 3-4 priorities for sensory informed OT provision in schools).
  2. Connect sensory and social emotional client factors to client functioning and common reasons for referral i.e., handwriting, attention, behavior etc.
  3. Identify the importance of sensory health supports for the entire school community and articulate compelling reasons for provision of such supports to school administration etc.
  4. Implement sensory informed strategies to support function and participation, development of self and community actualization to your current and future caseload.

Target Audience

This presentation is for school-based occupational therapists with a basic understanding of sensory integration and processing. 

Course Level 

Intermediate level


Virginia Spielmann, PhD, OTR/L

Virginia Spielmann, OTR/L Virginia is the Executive Director at STAR Institute in Centennial, CO. She is a well-travelled speaker, coach and educator on topics including sensory integration, DIR/Floortime, child development and infant mental health. She has conducted trainings in Kenya, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the USA and leads workshops at international conferences. She is a DIR/Floortime Training Leader and Expert and clinical consultant for the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL). Her extensive pediatric experience includes support for autistic children and their families, those with differences in sensory integration and processing, Sensory Processing Disorder, infant mental health differences, adoption, developmental trauma, and acquired brain injury. Virginia is affiliate faculty at Colorado State University, Occupational Therapy Department and Visiting Assistant Professor at Salem State University. Virginia has considerable post-graduate training, she is certified on the SIPT. She obtained her Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health, from Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara (2021). Her Masters in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University, Milwaukee (2018) and her BSc in Occupational Therapy from Oxford Brookes University, England (2002). She is a published author and contributed to the STAR Frame of Reference as part of the 4th Edition of Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy, alongside Dr. Miller and Dr. Schoen. She is co-author and founder of the Critical Core Therapeutic Role Playing Game – an alternative to social skills groups for autistic children. She is also co-designer of the Palaana Sensory Lounger with Slack Lifestyle.

Virginia receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Course Schedule

LIVE On-Line Webinar
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

8:00am – Introduction and Overview

8:15am – Sensory health and sensory informed classrooms – contemporary discussions across the literature 

9:15am – Sensory informed service delivery continuum through MTSS 

10:30am – Break

10:45am – Sensory, regulation, and relational processes as foundational to development and academic success

12:15pm – LUNCH BREAK

1:00pm – Documentation, Reports and Goal Writing

1:45pm – Developing an action plan for your school

2:45pm – Final Questions

3:00pm – End


Educational Credits

6 contact hours


color web&pptTSI 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: Client Factors.



Group Discount

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar VALID UNTIL Feb 16, 2022

3 or more registrants – Early –  $212.94 | Regular – $236.60 (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (of the first registration) 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.

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