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The Power of Neuroplasticity: Pediatric Breakthroughs for Sensory, Cognitive & Motor Impairments
The Power of Neuroplasticity: Pediatric Breakthroughs for Sensory, Cognitive & Motor Impairments


When:  Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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For more information: Call (800) 844-8260
Course Description:

This dynamic hands-on seminar will show you how to implement effective, neuro-intensive therapy plans to improve self-regulation, functional independence, academic performance, and more. Through direct practice, group discussion, and labs you will learn how to increase your clients’ outcomes and will have the opportunity to demo and experience cutting edge tools such as Interactive Metronome®, BrainBuilder®, BrainBeat®, The Listening Program® and more! Open group discussions, group labs, hands-on demonstrations, and video clips are integrated throughout this seminar! Apply new neuroplasticity-building interventions for:
  • Sensory Processing and Self-regulation
  • Executive function
  • Behavior
  • Academic performance
  • Vision/visual perception issues
  • Developmental delays
  • Autism and Asperger’s
  • Speech and Reading Delays
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Motor impairments
  • Traumatic brain injuries

  1. Implement evidence-based treatment methods for developmental challenges in areas such as sensory, gross/fine motor, cognitive, auditory processing, visual processing, and speech skills and apply methods to your current pediatric rehabilitation population.
  2. Apply the latest research on the role of neuroplasticity in development, brain function, and treatment as it applies to pediatric clients with diagnoses such as ADHD, Autism, Delayed Milestones, and TBI.
  3. Determine the executive cognitive functions and treatment methodologies that affect processing speed, self-regulation, functional performance, and neural timing. Apply treatment methods to a variety of diagnoses such as Autism, ADHD, Down Syndrome, etc.
  4. Through Hands on use of current tools and equipment, choose unique and simple treatment strategies to address motor deficits, sensory processing, reading skills, sequential memory, visual motor integration, auditory and visual processing delays, such as using Interactive Metronome or BrainBeat to improve mental timing functions in the child with ADHD.
  5. Identify ICD-10 treatment diagnostic codes and CPT billing codes to properly bill for reimbursement.
  6. Design a flexible, customized, neuro-intensive therapy plan that integrates cognitive, motor, visual, and auditory systems for improved development, sensory processing, motor development and speech patterns.

Keys to Successful Neurological Change
  • Concept of neuroplasticity
  • Neural synchronization
  • Brain-body connections and functions
  • Timing in the brain
  • Auditory-motor synchronization
  • Rhythmicity and brain function
Fundamental Tools and Techniques
  • Frequency, intensity, duration
  • Assessment of client needs
  • Cognitive activities
  • Listening and fine motor activities
  • Rhythm and timing activities
  • Home program options
  • Case studies
  • (Hands-on Lab)
Advanced Strategies and Tech Lab
  • Interactive Metronome®
  • IMHome
  • Brain Beat®
  • The Listening Program®
  • Brain Gym with Metronome
  • Brain Builder®
  • (Hands-on Lab)
Applying Neuro-Intensive Therapies with Your Patients/Clients
  • Developmental delays
  • Autism and Asperger’s
  • Sensory impairments
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Motor impairments
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Self-regulation
  • Executive function
  • Behavior
  • Academic performance
  • Vision/visual perception issues
  • Genetic diagnoses
  • Trauma and behavioral health diagnoses
  • (Hands-on Lab)
Developing and Customizing Therapy Programs
  • Assessment
  • Modifications
  • Addressing specific client needs
  • Home support
  • Home environment
Coding and Documentation for Reimbursement

Case Studies and Problem Solving
Target Audience

  • Occupational Therapists/OTAs
  • Physical Therapists/PTAs
  • Speech Language Pathologists/SLPAs
  • ABA Therapists
  • Psychologists
  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Pediatric Chiropractors
  • Functional Neurologists
  • Educators
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Early Childhood Staff


April Christopherson, OTR/L, has been an occupational therapist for over 25 years and has worked with diverse populations in a variety of settings – including home health, private clinic and in-patient rehabilitation. She is the owner of Exploration Kids in Therapy in Gunnison, CO serving the pediatric rehabilitation outpatient population having diagnoses such as autism, ADHD, dysgraphia, misophonia, Down’s Syndrome, delayed milestones, and general fine motor delays. She consults privately from her home in Colorado Springs, CO. She believes in a whole, team approach to the client – including various medical professionals and therapists plus the use of functional neurology and metabolic/nutrition counseling. April ahs worked as a legal consultant and as an expert witness throughout the United States. She is a member of the adjunct faculty for Interactive Metronome and Advanced Brain Technologies. April was granted her degrees in occupational therapy and psychology from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, IA in 1991.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: April Christopherson is owner of Exploration Kids Therapy. She receives a consulting fee from Interactive Metronome; and Advanced Brain Technologies. Ms. Christopherson receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: April Christopherson has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. After attendance has been verified, pre-registered attendees will receive an email from PESI Customer Service with the subject line, “Evaluation and Certificate” within one week. This email will contain a link to complete the seminar evaluation and allow attendees to print, email or download a certificate of completion if in full attendance. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), a letter of attendance is available through that link and an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact cepesi@pesi.com or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please save the course outline, the certificate of completion you receive from the activity and contact your state board or organization to determine specific filing requirements.

GEORGIA COUNSELORS: 6.25 Core hours of continuing education have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia, LPCA (# 7795-18M ). Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

TENNESSEE COUNSELORS: This intermediate activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of continuing education instruction. Credit requirements and approvals vary per state board regulations. Please contact your licensing board to determine if they accept programs or providers approved by other national or state licensing boards. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to participants who are in full attendance and who complete the program evaluation.

This course is designed to qualify toward your professional development requirement. The program is 6.25 clock hours in length.

PESI, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Provider #: 3322. Full attendance at this course qualifies for 6.0 contact hours or .6 CEUs in the Category of Domain of OT and Occupational Therapy Process. Partial credit will be issued for partial attendance. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Course Level: Intermediate.

This activity consists of 6.25 clock hours of instruction that is applicable for physical therapists. CE requirements for physical therapists vary per state/jurisdiction. Please retain the certificate of completion that you receive and use as proof of completion when required.

GEORGIA PHYSICAL THERAPISTS: This course has been reviewed and approved by the Physical Therapy Association of Georgia for 6.25 CCHs.

TENNESSEE PHYSICAL THERAPISTS & PHYSICAL THERAPY ASSISTANTS: 6.3 contact hours have been approved by the Tennessee Physical Therapy Association.

This activity consists of 6.0 clock hours of continuing education instruction. The following state psychologist boards recognize activities sponsored by PESI, Inc. as an approved ACCME provider: Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin. Certificates of attendance will be issued for you to submit to your state licensing board to recognize for continuing education credit. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance.

PESI, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education. PESI, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This course is offered for .6 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Basic Communication Processes area).

SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGISTS ONLY: To be reported to ASHA, while completing the online post-test/evaluation, please answer YES to the question: “Are you a Speech-Language Pathologists and/or Audiologist requesting to have your credit hours reported to the ASHA CE Registry to earn ASHA CEUs?" and include your ASHA number. After completing and passing the online post-test/evaluation, your information will automatically be sent to cepesi@pesi.com to be reported. If you forget to answer yes, please send an email to cepesi@pesi.com with the following information: full title of the activity, speaker name, date of live broadcast, date you completed the post-test, and your name and your license number.

PESI, Inc., #1062, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. PESI, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: January 27, 2017 - January 27, 2020. Social Workers completing this course receive 6.25 Clinical Practice continuing education credits. Course Level: Intermediate. Full attendance is required; no partial credits will be offered for partial attendance. A certificate of attendance will be awarded at the end of the program to social workers who complete the program evaluation.

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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