RBLM: Meeting the Sensorimotor Needs for Students with VI (and/or ASD, MI, DHH, MD)
This course is also appropriate for students who have Multiple Disabilities or Autism, and /or who are Deafblind, d/DHH.
While originally designed to address the needs for students with visual impairments this course, as well as the Sensorimotor Checklist, is effective for many students. Dynamic systems and embodied cognition theories are foundational to the discussion. Using the central concepts of Ready Bodies, Learning Minds, this course describes general development for the infant and student with disabilities and impairments, as well as how this is connected to behavior (and/or self-injurious behavior). Often what is misunderstood as a ‘behavior’ is the demonstration of a child with limited self-organization of the developing systems.
The RBLM Sensorimotor Checklist, which reviews vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile, auditory, olfactory, oral and motor systems will be demonstrated and taught. ( Current access to the test is pdf but access to an interactive checklist will be available soon). Use of the Checklist to assist in planning interventions will be reviewed. Multiple video case studies will outline application and strategies
Athena Oden, PT, graduated from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston and has spent the last 40 years in pediatrics, working in public and private school settings including schools for the blind and deaf and early childhood, residential facilities, and non-profit organizations for children. She has created and implemented successful motor programs for schools throughout the U.S., headed Assistive Technology teams, designed accessible playgrounds, and served on the founding Board of Directors for a private school. She presents both nationwide and internationally on childhood development and its importance in an academic setting.
Her newest book, Ready Bodies, Learning Minds: Cultivating the Complete Child, is written for therapists, teachers and parents, and gives insight into the sensory and motor systems necessary for learning and success for students of all ages and abilities, incorporating research and references while outlining the curriculum for school-based motor lab programs. As a companion tool, The Manual for Ready Bodies, Learning Minds Screening Report assists therapists in identifying specific intervention strategies.
Athena was privileged to participate in the creation of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) White paper for The Role of School-Based Physical Therapy: Successful Participation for All Students, and to serve for six years as the Regional Representative for the South Central US States for the School Based SIG of the APTA. As the owner of Ready Bodies, Learning Minds, LLC., Athena is known for practical, compassionate, and down-to-earth training. She and her husband David, raised their 3 children in the Texas Hill Country, where she loves to garden, feed the cows, and sit with a cup of hot tea and a musty, old classic book.
Continuing Education Credit
This course meets the criteria for 6.5 contact hours. It is recommended for PT, PTA, OT, COTA, SLP, Regular Ed and Special Ed Teachers, Counselors, Diagnosticians, Behavioral Specialists, Administrators, and Parents. All successfully completing the course will receive a certificate for 6.5 contact hours. No credit will be given for partial participation.
Ready Bodies Learning Minds is currently evaluating accreditation/credentialing options. Upon successfully completing the course, you will receive a certificate of completion with contact hours that you can use to submit for approval with your respective state board and/or credentialing body. As we receive new formal approvals we will update this course description accordingly.
StartModule 1: General Development for the Whole Child with Disabilities/Impairments (67:37)
StartModule 2: The Internal and External Senses and Knowledge of Self (58:01)
StartModule 3: Infant Development, Milestones, and Experience (38:03)
StartModule 4: What about Behavior? (56:34)
StartModule 5: The Sensory Motor Checklist and How to use it (69:25)
StartModule 6: How to plan (including Behavior and Self-Injurious Behaviors (30:26)
StartModule 7: Multiple Case Studies and Plans (74:12)