Professional Development

We are delighted to present the following workshops.

  1. Sensory Processing

Sensory Processing is the ability of the child’s nervous system to respond and adapt to their environment through their senses.

The sense of touch, movement, taste, proprioception, vision and auditory can be affected

Behaviour the teacher may see:

  • Excessive fidgety behaviour
  • Sucking of shirt sleeves and collars
  • Withdrawal from certain activities
  • Excessive need to touch

We will explore is it sensory or behavourial?

  1. Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are inherent to a child’s progress.

  • Developmental steps of fine motor skills
  • Motor planning difficulty – how does it present?
  • Handwriting – the ultimate and most complex expression of fine motor skills
  • How can the teacher support this development
  1. Visual Perceptual Skills

Visual spatial skills develop as soon as a baby opens its eyes. The question the teacher asks is what stage is the child at now and how can they enhance this skill. The workshop presents:

  • How children make sense of their world
  • Development of the child’s visual spatial skills
  • Indicators of poor visual perceptual skills
  • How does it impact on learning
  • Classroom strategies
  1. Are They Listening?

Today’s child is having more difficulty with maintaining stillness and being able to stop and listen.

This workshop explores why this is so and how it impacts on the classroom.

Areas covered are:

  • Auditory processing
  • Sensory processing
  • How the two conditions affect listening.
  • Underlying physiology
  • Strategies for the classroom
  • Developing listening skills
  1. School Readiness

Geared for parents, this workshop presents the skills necessary for readiness for Kindy 3, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary.

The workshop considers:

  • Activities of daily living
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Turn taking and on task behaviour
  • Separation anxiety
  • Social skills
  1. Play

Play and its development is close to every teacher’s heart, yet delivery of the opportunity of play is juggled with academic expectations, parental expectations and curriculum demands.

This thought provoking workshop explores the importance of play and how to embed it into the school day.

Workshops of 1 ½ to 3 hours will be  geared to the needs of your school.

All of these workshops can be modified to be presented to the parent body.

Support literature is provided.

Contact:
Jean Loth or Melanie Donkersley
Ph: 9329 9500
Email: melvilleotel@westnet.com.au
www.melvilleoccupationaltherapy.com.au

or

Gillian Baker or Gillian Nathan
Ph: 9329 9900
Email: soundforlife@westnet.com.au
www.soundforlife.com.au