MOVEMENT MATTERS! The Perception-Action Approach (IPAA)


Ilene Sperling, MA, CCC, C/PAA & Patricia A. Gallo, PT, MA

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Early $225.00* | Regular $250.00 
8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

*Early registration must be received Jan 30, 2024. GROUP DISCOUNT ALSO AVAILABLE! 

A paradigm shift in clinical reasoning is occurring that affects pediatric therapists who are selecting the most effective interventions for their clients/patients. Interventions based on neuromaturational theory are being set aside in favor of those based on theories supported by current research. One such approach is the Perception-Action (P-A) Approach.* This interactive workshop highlights the roles of variability and adaptability in the global learning process. Keeping with research in developmental science, participants will gain the ability to modify intervention to be task-specific, exploratory, and highly salient to the child. The theoretical foundation, primary concepts, and unique characteristics of the P-A Approach will be described. Participants will learn strategies of environmental modification and Manual Guidance. Hands-on labs focusing on support surface contact, force distribution and an improved relationship between perception and action will be addressed. Participants will be able to integrate these strategies into therapeutic intervention both at home and in the school environment.

*The P-A Approach had its original tenets as TAMO™, created three decades ago by Ingrid Tscharnuter, PT, DPT, who had not only studied new theories related to development and neuroplasticity but applied them to a novel intervention approach.

This approach is applicable for all age groups. However, this course is more specific to Early, Intervention, Preschool and Elementary school ages.

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Learning Objectives
Participants completing this course will be able to:

1. Contrast between neuromaturational theory and current theories of perception-action, dynamic systems, and neuronal group selection.

2. Demonstrate how perceptual information from support surfaces contributes to the development of postural control and motor skill acquisition.

3. Relate how a child-driven intervention contributes to an individual’s active problem solving.

4. Demonstrate how environmental modifications can provide affordances for action.

5. Practice basic elements of manual guidance while working with another course participant.

6. Differentiate between manual guidance in the P-A Approach and other “hands-on” therapeutic techniques.

Target Audience

PT, PTAs, OT, COTAs, Speech Language Pathologists

Course Level



Ilene Sperling, MA, CCC, C/PAA & Patricia A. Gallo, PT, MA

Patricia A. Gallo, PT, MA, is the owner of a private pediatric physical therapy practice in East Norwich, New York. She has over 30 years of experience in a variety of settings including school and hospital center-based programs, and Early Intervention. She is a founding member and past Secretary of the Institute for Perception-Action Approach. She is a Certified Perception-Action Approach Instructor and has presented courses on the Perception-Action Approach both nationally and abroad.

Ilene Sperling, MA,CCC/SLP, is a Certified Perception-Action Approach Instructor who  has specialized in working with infants, children and adults with movement, balance and coordination disorders and associated motor speech, feeding and respiratory/phonatory difficulties. She is highly regarded for her work using a body-centered approach integrated into intervention for cognitive, feeding and motor speech remediation.

Ilene has worked for over 40 years in a variety of practice settings. She is a Founding member of the Institute for Perception-Action Approach and is currently on the Board of Directors. She also holds Certification in Zero Balancing and Cranial Sacral Therapy and is PROMPT trained.

Ilene has presented many courses on the Perception-Action Approach, both nationally and internationally, with a focus on developing goals and intervention strategies for the Speech-Language Pathologist.

Financial Disclosures: Ilene Sperling receives a speaking fee from Therapeutic Services, Inc. for this course.

Patricia Gallo receives a speaking fee from Therapeutic Services, Inc. for this course.

Non-Financial Disclosures: Ilene Sperling has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. Ilene Spirling holds a leadership and volunteer role within IPAA for which there is no financial compensation.

Patricia Gallo has no relevant nonfinancial relationships to disclose. Patricia Gallo holds a leadership and volunteer role within IPAA for which there is no financial compensation.


8:00 am – 3:00 pm EST

8:00am – 8:15 – Introduction & Historical Perspective

8:15 – 9:00 – Paradigm Shift, Role of Cognition

9:00 – 9:45 – Theoretical Foundation: Dynamic Systems,
Perception-Action and Neuronal Group Selection

9:45 – 10:00 – Break

10:00 – 11:00 – P-A Primary Concepts and Unique
Defining Characteristics – Video and Discussion

11:00 – 11:30 – Participant Movement Lab #1

11:30 – 12:00pm – Features of Manual Guidance

12:00 – 12:45 – Lunch (on your own)

12:45 – 1:45 – Manual Guidance – Participant Movement Lab #2

1:45 – 2:45 – Case Presentations – Videos and Discussion

2:45 – 3:00 – Questions/Discussion


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 $225.00* | Regular $250.00 USD

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.

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 “Additional Information” section at checkout.