Rhythms in Autism (and Other Neurodiversities): Facilitating Connections, Communication and Coordination


Anne Buckley Reen, OTR, RYT

Monday – October 30, 2023 – Hofstra University – Long Island, NY
Tuesday – November 14, 2023 – Staten Island, NY
Tuesday – December 5, 2023 – Brooklyn, NY 

Early $275.00* | Regular $300.00 USD
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

*Early registration must be received 21 days prior to webinar. GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE! 

Are your students disengaged? Fearful? Overwhelmed? Detached? Controlling?
Do they seem disorganized and “all over the place”
Is it difficult to engage in reciprocal activities? Are they going too fast? Too slow?
Is it difficult to take turns/match energy levels? Stay engaged? Follow a plan?
Do you find yourself “therapist held hostage” during their treatment sessions?
….and exhausted afterwards?

Learn new and exciting multidisciplinary therapeutic tools and techniques for the neurodiverse/ASD child/teen/adult who may be struggling with social/emotional, developmental and/or sensory motor challenges. Based on the latest research, this course introduces the physiology of rhythmic engagement to facilitate positive social/emotional states, enhance language and movement as well as to support self-regulation and homeostasis. Current research will be highlighted, and labs will provide opportunities to experience and utilize the components of timing and cadence in sensory-motor and physiologic development.

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be able to:

1) Describe the role of rhythm on the brain and nervous system and on function in neurotypical and neuro-diverse individuals.

2)Describe the how, when and why of utilizing rhythmic entrainment in therapy to enhance
timing and regulation.

3)Demonstrate familiarity with establishing a cadence to enhance therapeutic engagement, and socialemotional comfort.

4) List options for therapeutic patterns of rhythm to facilitate motor initiation, coordination and skill development

5) Describe functional states for play or work with warm up routines that help students tune in, tune up and get organized.

Target Audience

Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists

Course Level

All Levels


Anne Buckley-Reen, OTR, RYT

Anne Buckley-Reen has been a practicing pediatric therapist for 30+ years and a pioneer in the use of yoga as a therapeutic modality for the past 16 years. Her work with yoga has been researched, published and cited in numerous journal articles and is the foundation for a researched preparatory program widely used in NYC schools – special needs classrooms. Anne brings a wealth of treatment options to pediatric therapy through yoga and continues to expand her knowledge and sharing through her dynamic yoga trainings.

Financial Disclosures: Anne Buckley-Reen receives a speaking fee from Therapeutic Services, Inc. for this course.
Non-Financial Disclosures: Anne Buckley-Reen has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose.


8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

8:00-8:30 am. Introduction and overview: What’s rhythm got to do with it? Basic components
of Rhythm.
8:30-9:30 Body rhythms and what they tell us: Circadian, breathing, heart, muscle
Lab 1- Rhythm samples / rhythmic breathing practice
9:30 -10:00- Establishing Therapeutic Rhythms – timing, pacing and synchrony
10:15-11:00 Auditory Rhythms-“ Tuning In”
Lab- Auditory Tune ups for initiation, sequencing and coordination
Rhythmic auditory cueing as technique to stabilize movement patterns and simplify a motor plan.
The auditory/ motor connection- the neurophysiology
11:00 -12:00 Sharing Motor Rhythms:
Sensory Motor Warm ups
Rhythm and Motor planning
Coordination, Engagement in motor activities
12-12:45 Lunch
12:45 -1:30 External Rhythms- The Environment
Supporting Flow via Routines, Transitions, Recovery Rhythms and
1:30-2:20 Break out session- Teams will plan use of strategies and tools
Appropriate for different ages, stages and needs
2:20—2:40 Sharing and discussion
2:40 – 3:00 Next steps, resources


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.

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

This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).


Early Discount

Group Discount

Early $275.00* | Regular $300.00 USD

*Early registration must be received 21 days prior to seminar for 3 or more registrants
Early –  $260.26 | Regular – $283.92 (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.


Hofstra University
1000 Hempstead Tpke – MPR Room 
Hempstead, NY
Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center

Hilton Garden Inn New York/Staten Island
1100 South Ave – Juneberry Room
Staten Island, NY 10314

Armon Hall
2605 Nostrand Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210