Learning Options

How Do you like to learn?

• Are you a Hands on learner?
 Want some Mentoring?
 Or Watch and discuss treatment videos? 
 How about honing your clinical reasoning skills?
• Intrigued by the idea of a 4-5 day total 
immersion model?
 Prefer a short 1-2 day seminar?

There are models in place and concepts around which you can design your own learning experience.  Any of the following may be requested as is or can be constructed to meet your particular needs.  You may be on your own, part of a large or small community or private practice.  Combining groups or other independent therapists may allow you to get the experience that works best for you.

Patricia Oetter, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA
Behavior & LearningExploring New Dimensions: 
OT in Action
• A traditional consultation/mentoring on-site can be done with actual client/family contact or by reviewing previous taped sessions and discussing possibilities for a course of treatment.
• A less traditional model of consultation/mentoring can be done by sharing questions via phone, e-mail, or online Skype or FaceTime/iMessage.  Video can be electronically shared or mailed ahead of time.   
1-4 days of clinical reasoning with actual treatment of children from your own caseload with videoing and discussion following the session.
The treatment practicum concept offers occupational therapists the opportunity to participate in a five-day treatment intensive. 1-4 children are treated for the 1.5 to 2 hours.  The five-day hands-on-experience provides therapists opportunities to practice and receive feedback about their treatment skills in a supportive environment.  Discussion of current sensory integration theory and practice as well as related assessment and intervention principles and strategies assist in the development of observation and clinical reasoning skills.

This practicum is considered intermediate to advanced.  Participants should have a minimum of three years of pediatric experience including treating children with sensory processing disorders.  Areas of emphasis include: Translating theory to practice; clinical problem solving; planning and implementing intervention strategies; designing treatment strategies for home and school; integrating recent treatment concepts into the current vision of sensory processing theory and practice (e.g.Therapressure Program, Therapeutic Listening, MORE oral and respiratory techniques, Astronaut Training programs, Cranialsacral therapy techniques).
A treatment intensive with 1 or 2 of your clients. Each child seen for 1.5 to 2 hours per day for 4-5 days.  You can be part of that experience, be in and out of sessions, have a discussion later in the day and/or at end of the week to wrap up and plan the next step for treatment.
Designing spaces in clinics, at home, and in classrooms is one of my favorite things to do.  Design parameters will be discussed relative to how the space is used, who all will be using it, and who it's specifically designed for.These are some of the components I like to use.
I teach 2-3 courses a month.  They vary from the menu on the Courses page to specifically designed content requested by small to large groups or organizations. Topics around sensory integration & sensory processing disorders, oral and respiration issues, modulation and posture development, treatment from multiple perspectives, designing environments and combinations of the above are all available. Targeted audiences include OT, PT, SLP, teachers, psychologists, pediatricians, and always welcome or specifically designed for parents.  See course descriptions and calendar on the following page.