Early Bird

LIVE Webinar: Treatment of Motor Issues in Children with Sensory Dysfunction

Liesa M. Ritchie, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP

April 25 & 26, 2023
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST
(Both days must be attended)

Twelve Contact Hours!
Early $350.00* | Regular $375.00

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar VALID UNTIL Apr. 10 , 2023

Children with sensory dysfunction are frequently referred to physical therapy with concerns of poor coordination, weakness, hypo/hypertonia, impaired balance and difficulty with motor skills. They are often labeled as awkward, lazy or clumsy, and have difficulty physically keeping up with their peers, or performing basic tasks such as running, jumping, and stairs.

Therapists are aware that the difficulty with these skills is related to sensory dysfunction, but the sensory-based element of movement is an area that often eludes physical therapists, resulting in frustrating interactions and inferior outcomes. However, synthesizing gross motor function with a sensory system foundation can improve outcomes for this population.

This course provides practical insight into therapeutic interaction with children with both sensory system and gross motor dysfunction. Intervention strategies are provided, with the purpose of utilizing the sensory systems to effect change in gross motor performance.

This course does NOT aim to teach sensory processing integration therapy. Rather, it proposes how various essential components of “sensory-aware” intervention may be combined to facilitate purposeful effective results in the context of physical therapy treatment sessions.

Learn simple techniques address the following obstacles to efficient gross motor performance:

  • Sensory dysfunction
  • Insufficient postural control
  • Foundational weakness
  • Instability and related poor mobility and incoordination   
  • Poor motor planning    

*Includes the following content to address School-Based therapy:

  • Sensory-based difficulties experienced by students
  • Sensory function and academic relevance
  • Vestibular and Vision screening procedures, no special equipment required!
  • Functional Vision Assessment checklist for school use

$375.00 $350.00

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Learning Objectives

Participants completing this course should be able to:

  • Assess Sensory function and academic relevance
  • Apply Functional Vision Assessment Checklist for school use
  • Discuss sensory-based difficulties experienced by students
  • Utilize vestibular and vision screening procedures
  • Describe interdependent dynamics of sensory systems as they relate to gross motor function
  • Identify specific areas of sensory dysfunction in children referred to therapy for motor challenges
  • Learn how to apply skilled clinical reasoning in sensorimotor therapeutic interventions
  • Develop sensory-based strategies to increase postural control, strength, coordination, motor planning, stability and mobility
  • Explain evidence based rationale for chosen therapeutic techniques to improve team and administrative communication and understanding.

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Liesa M. Ritchie-Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP 

Liesa M. Ritchie-Persaud, PT, DPT, PCS, CKTP is a licensed physical therapist with 30 years experience in the field of pediatric therapy. She is owner of Know to Change, which was created for the purpose of educating health care professionals, both nationally and internationally, in advanced treatment techniques, specialized practical training & consultative services

Her wide range of clinical experience, organizational leadership, and proficient teaching skills make her an exciting and compelling instructor!

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



8:00 am – 3:00 pm each day

Day 1

8:00 am – 8:30 – The relationship between difficulties experienced by students & sensory function 

  • Academic Relevance

8:30 – 10:30 The significance of the vestibular, visual & proprioceptive systems to gross motor function 

  • Vestibular functioning & muscle tone
  • Visual dysfunction & its effects on postural control
  • Proprioception & movement coordination

10:30 – 10:45 – BREAK

10:45 – 11:45 –  Sensory based physical challenges  

  • Dyspraxia & Postural Disorder
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Common comorbidities

11:45 – 12:30 – LUNCH

12:30 – 1:30 – Sensory based physical challenges (continued) 

  • Dyspraxia & Postural Disorder
  • Gait abnormalities
  • Common comorbidities

1:30 – 3:00 – Assessment of vestibular, visual & proprioceptive performance

  • Post rotary nystagmus
  • Prone extension & supine flexion
  • Modified Clinical Test of Sensory Interaction in Balance
  • The Kaplan Non-Verbal Battery (test of vision)
  • Comprehensive Observations of Proprioception
  • Direct measurements of proprioception & clinical procedure


Day 2

8:00 am – 8:30 – Vestibular & Vision function

  • Screening procedures
  • Functional Vision Assessment checklist

8:30 – 10:30 – Video case analysis and Interactive group discussion 

10:30 – 10:45 – BREAK

10:45 – 11:45 – Improved sensory function & subsequent gross motor ability 

  • Foundational sensory competence
  • Development of sensorimotor function

 11:45 – 12:30 pm – LUNCH

12:30 – 2:00 – Utilization of each sensory system to support motor skills in therapy sessions. Formulating & implementing treatment       

  • Vestibular contributions during physical activity
  • Vision activities
  • Proprioception & motor development
  • Balance as a multi-system outcome
  • Video activity examples

2:00 – 3:00 – Strategies to increase gross motor skill 

  • Postural control & Coordination
  • Strength & Motor planning
  • Stability & Mobility


Educational Credits
12 contact hours

An Evaluation and Post Test will be required at the conclusion of the webinar.

Approved for 12 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to the New Jersey Board of PT Examiners for CE approval.

AOTA-Approved Provider Program
TSI is an AOTA Approved Provider of Professional Development. PD activity approval ID #03063. This Live PD is offered at 6 contact hours or .6 CEU’s, Introductory level, Domain of OT: OT Service Delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.


Group Discount

Early $350.00* | Regular $375.00

*Early registration must be received 14 days prior to seminar VALID UNTIL Apr. 10 , 2023

3 or more registrants – Early –  $331.24 | Regular – $354.90  (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.

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.