About Speaking Engagements

Often we are contacted by groups looking for information on bringing an author into their area for a speaking engagement.  Following is a brief list on our authors who lecture, and what they can bring to your group.  Feel free to contact any one of them if you are interested.

 

Carol Kranowitz, M.A.

Author: The Out of Sync Child, The Out of Sync Child Has Fun, Growing an In Sync Child, and The Goodenoughs Get In Sync

Contact Information

Website: http://www.out-of-sync-child.com

Carol Stock Kranowitz offers sensory strategies based on her books in the “Sync” series, including ”The Out-of-Sync Child” and “In-Sync Activity Cards.” Her fun and functional approach integrates sensory-motor activities into everyday life at home and school.  Carol holds an MA in education and human development and for many years taught music, movement and drama.  Her newest book is “The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with SPD in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years.”

By attending, participants can:

  • Identify the six types of SPD and how they affect daily life as children grow
  • Recognize co-existing problems (e.g., visual, auditory, and emotional)
  • Demonstrate “In-Sync” activities, designed to engage various sensory systems and thereby improve learning and regulate behavior

Britt Collins, M.S., OTR/L

Contact Information

Website: http://www.sensoryparenting.com

Pediatric Occupational Therapist, Britt Collins, graduated from Colorado State University and since graduating has worked tirelessly on OT and Sensory Integration awareness, research and application. Britt has worked in a variety of settings including pediatric hospital inpatient, ICU, rehabilitation, outpatient clinics, homes, schools and skilled nursing facilities. With her award-winning OT DVD series and newly released books, Sensory Parenting: Newborns to Toddlers and Sensory Parenting: The Elementary Years, she’s among the cutting-edge leaders in the field. Her book is receiving enthusiastic reviews from Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and Lindsey Biel, M.A., OTR/L, and she presents nationwide alongside experts Temple Grandin, Paula Aquilla, Diane Bahr and Carol Kranowitz.

Britt is the co-creator of the OT DVD series including; OT for Children with Autism, Special Needs and Typical; OT in the Home; OT in the School and Yoga for Children with Special Needs. These were created to be a visual learning tool for parents, caregivers and professionals to help implement OT and sensory integration into the home, school and community. They are a tool that is easily used as a home program from your current OT or therapist.

Britt’s professional specialties include: applying creative approaches to sensory processing disorders, incorporating innovative sensory treatments in the home, school and clinical setting, and providing practical solutions to managing different types of behavior. Britt is also has vast knowledge and experience working with children with special needs, their families, and their intervention teams in order to achieve optimal results for the child.

Currently, Britt is practicing in Denver, Colorado in the Cherry Creek School District as well as providing in home early intervention for children ages birth to three for Results Matter Therapy. For more information on Britt, please visit www.sensoryparenting.com.

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Joye Newman, M.A.

Author: Growing an In-Sync Child, In-Sync Activity Cards

Contact Information

Website: http://kidsmovingco.com/

Joye Newman is a perceptual motor therapist. Perceptual motor therapy (PMT) helps children and adults develop and enhance basic movement and learning abilities. In 1979, Joye earned her master’s degree in education and human development from George Washington University, with a specialty in perceptual motor development. Joye integrated studies in behavioral optometry, occupational therapy, and psychology into her graduate work and developed her own unique method of PMT.

Joye founded and continues to direct a popular organization called Kids Moving Company (KMC). She began KMC because she was concerned that many kids were not encouraged to move around at home and school—in fact, she found that many kids were discouraged from moving. She wanted to provide a place for children to move, play, and think in a developmentally appropriate environment. Originally, KMC offered fun and functional activities, PMT, and birthday parties for children in a studio setting. Today, the studio portion of KMC has been closed as Joye focuses on in-school programs, individual evaluations, and consultations with parents to help them understand how they can help their children become more confident and competent in everything they do.

Joye was a founding member and the original education chair of Washington Independent Services for Educational Resources (WISER), a co-founder of the Jewish Primary Day School of Washington, D.C., and an early childhood special-needs consultant for the Board of Jewish Education. She lectures on school readiness, creative movement, and perceptual motor development in her consultations with area preschools to help them develop and refine their movement programs. Joye lives in Maryland and has three grown children.

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Lucy Jane Miller, Ph.D., OTR

Author: Sensational Kids and No Longer A SECRET

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 303-865-7637

Website: http://spdfoundation.net/

As the founder and executive director of the pioneering Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation, Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR, is internationally known for her research into Sensory Processing Disorder and her efforts to promote understanding of the condition through education and advocacy. Few speakers combine as Dr. Miller does the unquestioned expertise that comes from a lifetime of research and the compassionate understanding that comes from clinical experience. She is a speaker who both does and teaches, a winning combination that routinely attracts huge audiences of parents and professionals.

Dr. Miller brings authority and passion to every presentation she makes. She is prepared to address a wide range of topics that relate to SPD, its subtypes, evidence-based research and the sensory aspects of many other childhood developmental disorders, including ADHD, autistic spectrum disorders, and other conditions. Her standard honorarium is $6,000 per day but has a minimum requirement of 2 days. Reimbursement for travel, hotel, and other per diem expenses is also required.

Details about Dr. Miller and her work may be found on the About Us page at www.spdfoundation.net.

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Hartley Steiner

Author: Sensational Journeys and This is Gabriel

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 425-503-3720

  • Sensory vs. Behavior – Parenting advice on how to find the clues you need to help answer whether a child’s behavior is caused by a sensory issue.  This includes defining tantrum and meltdown.
  • Sensory Diet at Home (SOAR) – I call this SOAR – Sensory Observation and Activity Response in an attempt to move away from the term ‘sensory diet’.  The presentation offers a parent’s ‘how to’ on recognizing, observing and documenting sensory issues in order to create a custom home-based sensory diet intended to minimize meltdowns and increase a child’s ability to self regulate.
  • The Value of Self Care for Parents – More inspirational and humorous – with the theme of take care of yourself, it gets better!  Emphasis on finding and accepting support.
  • Family Strategies for Raising a Child With SPD – From how to talk to your child, family, friends and child’s caregivers about SPD, how to handle holidays, creating visual schedules, sensory diet at school, and other real ‘nuts and bolts’ of day to day living for parents.  This is expected to be heavy in Q&A with more audience participation.
Hartley can and will talk on most parent directed topics that focus on parenting through resources sharing, parent-to-parent advice and/or support for parents of special needs kids.  She has three sons: two with autism (PDD and Aspergers), two with giftedness, one with ADD, all three with sensory.  Her oldest is adopted, has bipolar disorder and multiple learning disabilities.  Because of the wide range of parenting experience she has, she is comfortable doing a more customized presentation based on the client’s need (ie a focus on foster care, or a focus on adoption, focus on multiple diagnosis, etc.).
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Jill Howlett Mays

Author: Your Child’s Motor Development Story

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 203-431-8932

Address:

154 Mimosa Cir.
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Cell Phone: 203-470-3461

Learn to Write Without Ever Holding a Pencil: This workshop takes the educator through all the key foundations that must be in place before a child begins a rigorous writing program. Areas addressed include:

  • core strength
  • hand strength and coordination
  • bilateral and eye hand coordination
  • tactile discrimination
  • visual perception.

A toolbox of activities is included in this workshop to help build proficiency in each area.

Classroom Management: Understanding the Powerful Influence of Sensory Motor Strategies to Influence Behavior and Attention: This workshop takes the educator step by step through concepts in sensory processing, motor ability and how they intertwine and support emotional and cognitive growth. Strategies in classroom management are laid out. Participants learn how to incorporate these concepts to maximize attention and focus in their students. These include:

  • Learning ways to help calm down an “out of control class”
  • Build fun routines that keep children engaged throughout the school day
  • Specific strategies for the “problem child” to help this child cope and maximize performance in the classroom

Throw Away the Desks and Chairs: Why Children Need to Play and Work on the Floor: This workshop reviews motor development, the importance it plays in the cognitive, emotional and social development of the child and how to enhance motor growth in the classroom. The workshop spans pre-school through 3rd grade. Topics will include how core strength and motor coordination develop, the many components essential for success in fine and gross motor activities and how to facilitate growth in all the key motor areas. At the end of this workshop, educators and child-care professionals will be able to identify the following:

  • Child readiness for specific activities
  • Components of “clumsiness” and trouble shoot why certain kids are “Klutzy.”
  • Great play activities to incorporate at each stage of development
  • How to help the clumsy child and the “coach potato” get moving AND more coordinated!

Main-streaming the Special Needs Child: Critical Concepts and Tools Every Teacher Should Know About: This workshop provides educators with an overview of sensory processing issues that affect children with ASD, ADD/ADHD and other challenges related to Sensory Processing Disorder. It helps the educator understand why students may isolate themselves from others, lash out with no apparent provocation and adopt unusual behaviors or struggle to follow simple classroom routines. The workshop will shed light on why some of these students fall apart at special events, like classroom parties and why a fire drill may send them into a total breakdown. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand how we “regulate” ourselves and support “self regulation” in these students. Strategies to tailor the individual needs of these students in the context of in a regular classroom setting are reviewed. Educators will have a toolbox filled with:

  • Ways to engage with the student to facilitate comfort and trust
  • Best practices on how to approach a sensory sensitive child
  • Ways to identify signs of over-load and over-stimulation
  • Ways to handle the over-stimulated and explosive child
  • Specific activities to bring the child suffering from overload to regain control
  • Ways to activate the low energy, inattentive student
  • Ways to build self worth and confidence
  • Activities to incorporate in the classroom routine to benefit all students

Visual Perception Deficits: A New Area of Challenge for the Classroom Teacher: Recently there has been an uptick in visual perception difficulties seen in early childhood settings and the classroom. This workshop explains what visual perception comprises, commonly seen areas of difficulty and how to remediate problems in this visual perception. At the end of this workshop Educators will:

  • Understand the many components comprising visual perception
  • How visual perception relates to learning and many aspect of life
  • What visual perceptual difficulties look like
  • Have a toolbox of strategies and activities to enhance visual perceptual growth

Preparing Your Child for the Classroom through Play: This workshop helps parents understand how playing with their children will build the key foundations that must be in place to ensure a child’s success at school. Areas addressed include: core strength, hand strength and coordination, bilateral and eye hand coordination, tactile discrimination and visual perception. A toolbox of activities is included in this workshop that parents and children can do together.

  • Activities to build core strength
  • Activities to develop strong and coordinated hands for fine motor skills
  • Activities to improve attention, focus and stamina
  • Early drawing: fun activities to prepare for writing skill development
  • Skip the workbooks for better ways to learn spatial and visual perceptual concepts critical for all academic areas.

Behavior Management: Understanding the Powerful Influence of Sensory Motor Strategies to Influence Behavior and Emotions: We’ve all seen the picture: out of control child having a temper tantrum in the grocery store…or the picky eater…or the child who needs the sock on just so. This workshop takes the parent step by step through concepts in sensory processing, motor ability and how they intertwine and support emotional behavioral and even cognitive growth. Strategies are provided to make life at home more manageable and even fun! Participants learn how to incorporate these concepts through play with no extra cost! These include:

  • Build fun routines that keep children engaged throughout the day
  • Ways to identify signs of over-load and help calm down an “out of control child”
  • Specific activities to bring the child suffering from overload to regain control
  • Best practices on how to approach a sensory sensitive child
  • Specific activities to improve attention and ability to stay focused
  • How to help the clumsy child and the “coach potato” get moving, organized AND more coordinated!
  • How these strategies build a more confident and happy child!

Why Children Need to Play: Now more than Ever!
This workshop reviews sensory motor development, the importance it plays in the cognitive, emotional and social development of the child and how play is the best way to facilitate growth. The workshop spans infancy through 3rd grade. Topics will include how core strength and motor coordination develop, the many components essential for success in fine and gross motor activities and how to facilitate growth in all the key motor areas. Understanding how and why unstructured play is key in child development is discussed. At the end of this workshop, parents, educators and child-care professionals will be able to identify the following:

  • Child readiness for specific activities
  • Great play activities to incorporate at each stage of development
  • Key motor activities every child should learn: how and why
  • How to help the clumsy child and “coach potato” get moving AND coordinated
  • Assess when a child is ready to enter the formal sports arena
  • Historical and contemporary views of play and how they affect our children
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Pat Angermeier OTR/L

Author: Learning in Motion

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]

Phone Number: 609-268-1986

Play Reflect Connect – Build it and they will CONNECT – Computer games for kids by kids – Using our book of 12 proven lesson plans, FACES – Fun Activities to Connect Engage and Socially Succeed, we propose a presentation/inservice that includes theory and research information on non verbal communication and beginning perspective taking skills. FACES works with socially young children, ages preschool to 8th grade, on the recognition and portrayal of facial expressions, developing joint attention and beginning to understand perspective taking.

All seminar attendees receive a digital version of the FACES Deluxe Series which includes the book, FACES, and two computer games – What’s My Mood? and Memory Mood Mash-Up. Attendees will be shown how to customize the games with their children’s/student’s photo in the game. Imagine the impact on students’ social development when they’re better equipped to read and interpret the facial expression of their peers! The seminar will also include ideas for video self modeling and cross environmental carry over activities. The game and programs include data collection aimed at measuring individual student progress overall and by each emotion. Please visit our website – www.playreflectconnect.com for more information; watch the clip of the NJEA’s acclaimed Classroom Close Up show capturing the experience for an entire second grade in Medford, NJ; and take a game or two for a test drive. Warning: you could get hooked.

Learning in Motion – Engaging children through meeting their movement and sensory needs while learning.   How to teach the young learner and maintain attention and motivation.

Teaching the active young learner while addressing their cognitive, sensory, play and motor needs. Staying engaged and learning through active participation. Excellent curriculum based activities for preschool, kindergarten and primary grades. Special emphasis on inclusion of all types of children with disabilities of all levels and grading of activities to meet multiple abilities. Included are parent letter for each lesson, the all in important component of parent education and home reinforcement activities for the busy instructor. A fun and active learning experience for teachers, therapists and parents. Pat Angermeier, OTR/L

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Liz Anderson

Author: Unlocking the Mysteries of Sensory Dysfunction

Contact Information

Email: [email protected]u

Phone Number: 607-777-3890

Address:

Dr. Liz Anderson
Assistant Professor
Coordinator, Early Childhood Programs
School of Education
Binghamton University
Binghamton, NY 13902

Cell Phone: 607-765-4585

Speaker Topics

  • Making Sense of Sensory Integration for Young Children
  • Building an RtSI Toolkit:  Matching Sensory-Based Tiered  Interventions to Children’s Needs
  • Universal Designs for Learning: Promoting Quality and Accessibility for Young Children with ASD in Early Childhood Settings
  • Understanding Learning, Development and Behavior in Young Children with ASD
  • Building Effective Collaboration with Families and Staff in Early Childhood Settings
  • Supporting Learning for Young Children with ASD: Linking Assessment, Goal Development, Intervention & Evaluation