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Looking At Children with New Eyes: The Influence of Sensory Processing on Child Development, Behavior, and Learning

by Jennifer Rosinia
April 17, 2013
Reg. 8:00 AM, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (Central Time)

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
3202 East Empire Street, Bloomington, Illinois

Description:All behavior has meaning! Understanding sensory processing provides an alternative lens through which to observe behavior, develop new ways of interpreting the behaviors of young children as well as to expand your repertoire of care giving, intervention and teaching strategies. In this workshop, participants will learn about the "lesser known" sensory systems of vestibular and proprioception, the interrelated components of sensory processing and the concepts of sensory modulation and sensory threshold. Time will also be spent discussing the possible meanings of specific behaviors and, more importantly, how to help the children who demonstrate these behaviors. The role of the stress response system will be introduced as a means to support alternative interpretations of behavior from a neuroscience perspective. The importance of cue reading will be examined as a window into understanding each child's unique sensory-neurological profile. The day will conclude with an interactive discussion of the practical ways in which this information can be utilized to modify and adapt environments (which include interpersonal relationships), individualize intervention, care giving, and teaching strategies in the service of fostering optimal development in young children. Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to name and identify eight sensory systems; explain the contributions the vestibular and proprioceptive systems make on overall development; describe and utilize the five sensory processing components; define sensory modulation and sensory threshold; behaviorally describe the four basic types of sensory thresholds; identify autonomic nervous system signs of stress; and begin to develop and apply sensory processing strategies in their work with young children.

Presenter Bios:Jennifer Rosinia is a Registered Occupational Therapist with nearly 30 years experience in pediatrics. A specialist in serving the needs of children birth to age three and their families, she also has extensive experience in working with children ages three to twenty-one years. Jennifer earned a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and a Doctorate in Child Development from Loyola University and the Erikson Institute in Chicago, Illinois. A master clinician and a gifted teacher, Dr. Rosinia has a special interest in sensory processing and neuroscience, the role of emotions and the impact of relationships on the developing child. An adjunct faculty member at the Erikson Institute, Jennifer has also taught courses and guest lectured at several colleges and universities around the Chicago area. With a growing national reputation as a powerful speaker and consultant, Jennifer brings a healthy balance of humor, passion, and expertise to all of her presentations. She is the president of Kid Links Unlimited, Incorporated, a company whose mission is to link theory to practice, parents with professionals, and kids with their optimal potential.

This training will provide 5 contact hours for the following:

  • CPDUs (Continuing Professional Development Units) for teacher certification
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) credit in area(s) #2, #3, #8
  • CE credit for SLP, SW, LCPC, PT, and OT professionals
  • Gateways to Opportunity credit in area(s) A, D
  • EI Credit in the area of 0.5 Atypical Development, 1.5 Intervention, 3.0 Typical Development


Full attendance is required to receive a certificate.

Registration form for this workshop.
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