Education & Research
South Shore Therapies is committed to providing learning opportunities to promote awareness and understanding of a wide variety of topics that influence our clients and their families. We offer both in-house and off-site educational programs. Evening in-services at our facility occur monthly. In-services are an effective way to provide education and functional strategies for parents, teachers and other professionals. We encourage you to attend one in the near future.
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SST In-house in-services
Executive Functioning Deficits: Describes the varied aspects of executive functioning and provides strategies to address specific concerns.
Behavior Basics: Understand the causes of behaviors and develop strategies to help children navigate tough and stressful situations.
Augmentative-Alternative Communication (AAC): Defines low and high tech AAC and provides an overview of options.
Executive Function Disorder: Executive functioning is defined as the cognitive process that regulates an individual's ability to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently, and make decisions. This discussion will focus on the impact of executive functioning deficits, and provide strategies to address these areas of concern.
Movement to Support Learning: This presentation will provide fun movement activities and Brain Gym exercises to support learning.
Helping Hands-Fine Motor: This presentation will outline the foundations needed for fine motor development, as well as provide you with simple and creative activities you can do at home or in your classroom to promote the growth of these important skills.
Pre-registration is necessary so please call 781-335-6663 to sign-up. The cost is $25 per person.
Looking to Educate Your Staff?
South Shore Therapies has therapists that travel to present in-services and lectures for organizations that work with children. Our in-services generally run for 2 hours, including time for questions and answers. The following are some suggested topics. Contact us for more information and a fee schedule.
Off-Site In-Service Training
Auditory Processing Disorder: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Impact
This overview highlights the characteristics of Auditory Processing Disorder across several ages and grade levels, the diagnostic process, and the functional academic and social impact of APD. Modification and accommodation suggestions that can be implemented within a variety of environments will also be discussed.
This informational overview will help parents, teachers, and other professionals better understand when and why children may have frequent temper tantrums, become increasingly frustrated, or experience “meltdowns”. Specific contextual situations will be discussed and strategies will be provided to help both children and adults navigate tough/stressful situations.
In this hands-on experiential workshop, practical movement activities based on the Brain Gym® program will be presented. These exercises will support stress-free learning and can be applied to children of various ages and ability. In this overview you will learn Brain Gym movements which stimulate the brain/body connection, exercises to enhance your energy, balance, coordination and organization, and strategies to promote “calm-thinking” and create confidence to meet any new learning challenge.
Executive Function Disorder
Executive functioning is defined as the cognitive process that regulates an individual's ability to organize thoughts and activities, prioritize tasks, manage time efficiently, and make decisions. It is an umbrella term for the brain functions that serve ongoing goal-directed behavior. Proper executive functioning skills are essential for social and academic involvement. If you notice concerns about your child’s attention, initiation, mental flexibility, working memory, inhibition, or planning and organization he or she may be demonstrating executive functioning deficits. This discussion will focus on the impact of executive functioning deficits, and provide strategies to address these areas of concern.
Helping Hands – Fine Motor
This presentation will outline the foundations needed for fine motor development, as well as provide you with simple and creative activities you can do at home or in your classroom to promote the growth of these important skills. The areas focused on in this overview include postural strength and control that provide the foundation for fine motor development, hand mechanics needed for refined dexterity, and strategies and tools to improve skill and confidence with fine motor activities and handwriting.
Nonverbal Learning Disability
This overview will provide you with an understanding of the language and social characteristics of NVLD. Defining characteristics include difficulty understanding nonverbal communication, inability to grasp the “big picture”, concrete thinking, difficulty with math and reading, and poor self-esteem. During this discussion, you will also learn great strategies to help boost your child’s social and higher level language skills.
Sensory Processing Disorder
This informational and interactive overview will help parents, teachers, and other healthcare providers identify sensory processing issues in children and adolescents. It will outline the typical behaviors and challenges confronting these individuals and review strategies and tools to help the student feel more in control of his or her body to perform daily activities more efficiently at home, school and in the community.
Social Communication Disorder
This conversation will help parents and teachers who have students that are struggling to interact with their peers. We will discuss the definition of social language and how it plays a role in our everyday life. In addition, this in-service will help you to identify symptoms of a social communication disorder, clarify your role in the social language assessment process, determine treatment considerations, and implement strategies and visual aids to help build and strengthen a child’s social language skills.
Using Visual Supports to Enhance Communication
This overview is designed to inform parents, family members and educational professionals about the various types and uses of augmentative communication tools that can be used to increase independent communication and reduce difficult behaviors. We will discuss the reasons for using augmentative supports for kids at all levels and provide examples of how visual tools can increase a child’s understanding of language, time, and changing environments. Specific ideas and examples will be shared for creating low tech home and school made visual supports for use with children. We will also review new and popular technologies such as the iPad and how it can be used as a communication tool.
Vision is More Than Just 20/20
This is an interactive overview discussing the essential role that vision plays in your child’s daily learning. The importance of ocular motor and binocular skills will be discussed and helpful vision resources will be provided. Attendees will learn about eye dominance and how it directly impacts academic skills such as reading, as well as how it helps you determine the most appropriate seating within the classroom.
Our presenters are skilled speakers who are knowledgeable in a wide variety of topics and will work to gear the in-service to your facility and the client population you work with. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 781-335-6663.
Our staff has expertise providing consultation within the classroom and other school environments. We can develop strategies and intervention ideas for sensory regulation, feeding, language development, and executive functioning. If you are interested in setting up a consultation please contact us at email@example.com.
Stacey Szklut, our Executive Director, is nationally recognized as an expert in the field of occupational therapy and sensory integration. She has been presenting seminars since 1988 in the United States and internationally.
Her courses have encompassed a wide variety of topics including sensory integration theory, assessment and intervention, observational analysis and clinical reasoning, oral motor intervention and feeding strategies, as well as lab courses on SI and NDT and postural, respiratory, oral supports.
She enjoys presenting workshops and has had the opportunity to teach with many other experts in the field including Dr. Josephine Moore, Diane Twatchman-Cullen, Valerie Olsen, Jane Koomar, Mary Margaret Windsor, Teresa May-Benson, Marie Anzalone, Suzanne Smith-Roley, Susan Young and Erna Blanche.
Stacey currently teaches courses on sensory integration intervention, assessment, and clinical reasoning. She also teaches an evidence-based practice course on Autism titled: Practical Intervention Strategies for Children.
If you are interested in 1-2 day seminars for your agency please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Shore Therapies strives to keep families and therapists updated on the most current research topics that impact our children. Visit our Facebook page daily to see what everyone is talking about and to join in on the conversation! The bulletin boards in our Pembroke, Weymouth, and Canton clinics target specific learning opportunities each month for parents and caregivers, provide helpful community resources, and current research studies your child may be eligible to participate in.
Our OT research team presented three research posters at the national AOTA conference in Philadelphia. Our presentations included: A review of the relationship between sensory processing difficulties and coping skills, Early sensory and motor signs in ASD, and An analysis of the results of vision screenings at SST.
At all of our facilities, we have a lending library for parents. There are numerous books on a variety of topics for you to choose from.