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Motor Planning

The talk explores praxis/motor planning difficulties from an interdisciplinary perspective. It aims to provide parents and educators with insight into the complex, multi-step series of events that one must coordinate in order to produce a physical movement or speech sound – a process that is often taken for granted because, for most individuals, it occurs automatically.

Motor Planning
Areas that will be discussed include:
  • The indicators for a motor planning difficulty, which may manifest through fine or gross motor difficulties, or speech distortions.
  • How a difficulty in this area impacts children in all areas of occupational performance at home and at school
  • Specific approaches to therapy and therapeutic programmes will further equip viewers in understanding and supporting young people with praxis challenges.

HPCSA Awards 3 CEUs

This talk will be available 30 days from registration.

Speakers: Roseen Ress, Amy Raines, Nisi Cohen and Jodi Sheer

Jodi Sheer is a Speech-Language Therapist at Bellavista School. Jodi has worked as a Speech-Language Therapist for 15 years and has worked with preschool and school age children from mainstream and remedial environments.

Jodi has worked at Bellavista school from 2002 until 2007 and recently began working again full time this year. Jodi has a passion for teaching children that have reading difficulties as well as social and pragmatic difficulties. She believes in the amazing potential of each child and finding their unique ways of learning. She believes strongly in collaboration and sharing of knowledge with parents and other professionals.

She believes in the amazing potential of each child and finding their unique ways of learning. She believes strongly in collaboration and sharing of knowledge with parents and other professionals.

Roseen Ress is a mother of four and a qualified Occupational Therapist with fifteen years of experience in the fields of psychiatry and remedial education.

She has been connected to Bellavista School since 2010. Her role in Bellavista has increased over the years and now extends into the school therapy setting, SEEK assessment unit, and SHARE training unit.

She strongly values the multidisciplinary team approach and partnering with parents, caregivers, and teachers to ensure carryover of therapy aims and strategies to ensure the maximum function and achievement of potential for every child.

Nisi Cohen is a Speech and Language Therapist at Bellavista School. Nisi has worked as a Speech and Language Therapist for eight years and has worked with preschool and school age children from mainstream, remedial and special needs environments.

Nisi has a passion for holistic intervention and enjoys using a variety of strategies – conventional and unconventional – in order to maximise the potential in each client. For Nisi, one of the highlights of working at a school is building meaningful relationships with the students.

She loves working in a team and building her knowledge and skill set through collaboration, research and attending courses.

Amy Raines is a qualified Sensory Integration Occupational Therapist working within a remedial environment.

Her seven years of experience and expertise are in the field of the assessment and intervention with children with sensory integration difficulties.

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