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Play with Purpose …. Now in the Schools: Implementing a Holistic Treatment Approach in Pediatric Physical Therapy for Children with Sensory Dysfunction

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


December 3, 2019 – New York, NY
December 5, 2019 – Uniondale, NY (Long Island)


Early $305.00* | Regular $330.00 

Cost includes a video recording with examples of sensory based therapy sessions that incorporate principles addressed in the course.          

For Group Discounts See Discounts Tab Below


Children with sensory processing challenges are often referred to physical therapy due to delayed development, poor coordination and inadequate gross motor skills. These children are often labeled as awkward, lazy or clumsy. They may have difficulty performing basic tasks including running, negotiating stairs, riding a bike, or keeping up with peers. A decreased understanding of the sensory-based element of movement often results in frustrating interactions and inferior outcomes. Effective treatment of these children requires a thorough understanding of both motor AND sensory systems.

PLAY WITH PURPOSE is a holistic and evidence-based approach to pediatric therapy, synthesizing motor function and sensory systems. This practical approach provides advanced insight into therapeutic interactions with children who have sensory processing dysfunction. Unique intervention strategies aim to effect change in gross motor performance for improved outcomes.

The purpose of this course is NOT to teach sensory integration therapy. The experienced provider will learn how to incorporate essential components of “sensoryaware” (can we say “SENSORY-SMART”?) intervention to create comprehensive plans of care. This will enable the therapist to use the context of play to provide complete sessions and, facilitate purposeful, effective results.

This course will teach the practical application of techniques to address sensory dysfunction, poor motor planning, insufficient postural control, foundational weakness and instability and related poor mobility and incoordination.

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Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course should be able to:

  • Describe interdependent dynamics of sensory systems as they relate to gross motor function.
  • Identify symptoms of ideal and pathological sensory-motor function.
  • Understand the signs that are associated with sensory based physical challenges.
  • Learn how to apply skilled clinical reasoning in therapeutic interventions.
  • Develop strategies to increase postural control, strength, coordination, motor planning, stability and mobility.
  • Apply effective solutions to connect improved sensory function to motor ability.
  • Utilize new knowledge to develop individualized short- and long-term interventions.
  • Explain evidence-based rationale for chosen therapeutic techniques.

Target Audience & Course Level 

Intermediate level PTs



8:00 am – 3:00 pm

8:00 – 9:45   The significance of the vestibular, visual and proprioceptive systems to motor function:

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

9:45 –10:00     Break

10:00 – 11:45  Assessment of vestibular, visual and 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 and clinical procedure

11:45 – 12:30  Lunch

12:30 – 1:30   Utilization of each sensory system to support motor skills:

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

1:30 – 3:00  Strategies to increase gross motor skill:

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

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

LIESA M. PERSAUD is a licensed physical therapist with 27 years experience in the field of adult and pediatric therapy. Liesa is a physical therapist at Tulsa Sunshine Center in Oklahoma.

Liesa is also owner of Know to Change, PLLC, an organization dedicated to advancing the knowledge & skills of clinicians in pediatric practice. Both nationally and internationally, she has educated health care professionals in advanced treatment techniques, performed specialized practical training and provided consultative services. She has worked in a variety of settings, including private pediatric and adult clinics, schools, private homes, hospitals and long-term care facilities, as well as facilities abroad.

Believing it is important to share knowledge, Liesa is also a Credentialed Clinical Instructor, teaches human anatomy, physiology and nutrition, and is adjunct faculty at Southern Nazarene University. She received her Associate’s Degree from Tulsa Junior College and worked as a physical therapist assistant while completing her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership. After earning her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Findlay, Liesa continued to expand her expertise in the field. She received her post-graduate Doctorate from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner and achieved recognition as a Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Her research interests are toe walking and the development of gait.

Liesa’s wide range of clinical experience, proficient teaching skills, motivation to improve the standard of care, & enthusiasm & passion for her field, make her an exciting and compelling instructor.


December 3, 2019
Hotel Pennsylvania 
401 7th Avenue, NY, NY

December 5, 2019
Long Island Marriott
Uniondale, NY


Educational Credits

6 contact hours

Approved for 6 contact hours by NYSED’s State Board for PT.

Application has been made to NJBPTE for CE credit approval.


Group Discounts

Early $305.00* | Regular $330.00 

*Early registration must be received 21 days prior to seminar
VALID UNTIL NOV 12, 2019 for
VALID UNTIL NOV 14, 2019 for LI     

Cost includes a video recording with examples of sensory based therapy sessions that incorporate principles addressed in the course.  

3 or more registrants – Early –  $288.65 | Regular – $312.31  (use code group3)

In order to qualify for the group discounted rate, registrations MUST all be received within 24 hours (from 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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