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2013 Announcement...
The 33rd Symposium on Intervention for
Persons with Special Needs will be held:
Thursday, March 7 - Saturday, March 9, 2013
Further details are on our 33rd Symposium page.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for...
The 32nd Symposium on
Intervention for Persons with Special Needs
Thursday, March 1 – Saturday, March 3, 2012
Minneapolis Airport Marriott Hotel
Bloomington, MN

Symposium Prize Winners
Jamie Knutson won a FREE One Day Registration
for the 2013 Symposium!

Kathy Nahkala won a FREE Two Day Registration
for the 2013 Symposium!

Congratulations to our FREE Registration winners and we look forward to seeing you at our 33rd Symposium March 7-9, 2013!

A Sampling of Symposium Participant Comments:

“Great speaker (Ana Do Valle) with good interaction and very knowledge of the topic.”

“Excellent job integrating SE and Sensory Processing. Use of music exceptional.” - Trauma Continuum with Ana Do Valle

“A great course to present both SI and SEP information – and provide interest with SEP info for working with clients.” - Trauma Continuum with Ana Do Valle

“This lady (Ana Do Valle) has the most knowledge that I have experienced. She is what she teaches. I have been so blessed to attend – I wish she had a book here at the conference to purchase – I plan to research any articles she may have published. Thank you, PDP!”

“Ana (Do Valle) has shared so much that makes sense! Trauma -> sensory system disorders -> disassociation or mental health conditions. But there is hope. By using SI methods, they can fix the body and allow people to work past the sensory “jam”…Thank you!"

“I had lots of Ah-ha moments…Excited to use this in the classroom." - Intro to BG with Cindy Goldade

“Good overview! I feel like I have enough background, resources, and practice with the movements to start to implement them.” - Intro to BG with Cindy Goldade

“Another PDP slam dunk, a touchdown, and a goal. This has been on my professional goal list for several years. Thanks!” - Intro to BG with Cindy Goldade

“Cindy was very knowledgeable and provided very relevant and real-life examples of the content she was presenting on. She added in humor which made the class very enjoyable!” - Intro to BG with Cindy Goldade

“This class was very informative and interactive. Being able to get up and practice was extremely helpful – I love the “hands-on” aspect of the class!” - Intro to BG with Cindy Goldade

My biggest take-away “Using Brain intentional movements as “sensory diet” breaks in classrooms! LOVE ALL THE MOVES!! Perfect in my OT tool kit.” - Intro to BG with Cindy Goldade

“Love that this is immediately useable and requires no equipment.” - Intro to BG with Cindy Goldade

“Great presentation. I have many tools to take home and use next week on my patients. Love all the movement breaks, etc.” - Intro to BG with Cindy Goldade

“Deanna is a wonderful instructor.”

“We love DeDe. She is great at teaching, flexible with topics, and makes it relevant.”

“Your (DeDe) enthusiasm is wonderful.”

“Good practice of practical application problems.”- Kinesio 3 with Deanna Wanzek

“Awesome balance of different practice areas.” - Kinesio 3 with Deanna Wanzek

“(Anne Pleva) is Great – love getting so much take home info and the home program. Again – love, love the home exercise program.” - Torticollis with Anne Pleva

“This was an excellent course with all of the right info – presented clearly with a good PowerPoint and visuals. I enjoyed it!” - Torticollis with Anne Pleva

“Love all the dynamic activity/ideas to supplement my current treatment ideas when seeing Torticollis patients. Good Course!” - Torticollis with Anne Pleva

“This is a necessary course for any PT working with children!” - Torticollis with Anne Pleva

“Enjoyed it immensely. Very practical info.” - Torticollis with Anne Pleva

“Nice outline with good detail and references. The instructor (Anne Pleva) presented the material in a very pleasant and knowledgeable manner.” - Torticollis with Anne Pleva

“It was a great class. Thanks. Really appreciate the home program handouts. Great combo of materials, video, and slides - kept it interesting.” - Torticollis with Anne Pleva

“Great information. It was good to determine the differences between NLD and Asperger’s.” - Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with Lise Gerard Faulise

“(Faulise) did a great job touching on the difficulties of NDL.” - Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with Lise Gerard Faulise

“Liked the learner activities. Excellent content.” - Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with Lise Gerard Faulise

“Very pleasant speaker. Good review of R/L hemi brain functions with LD.” - Nonverbal Learning Disabilities with Lise Gerard Faulise

“This is a tool I can take back and implement on Monday. It made me rethink what I am doing with some of my kiddos.” - Brain Gym 101 with Cindy Goldade

“Very well presented, good take-away info. Doing simple things can have a big impact and it can sometimes be immediate.” - Brain Gym 101 with Cindy Goldade

“New knowledge and techniques to integrate into my practice and treatment of children with disabilities.” - Brain Gym 101 with Cindy Goldade

“Phenomenal! A power-packed 3 day course. Tons to take home and use! Thank you!” - Brain Gym 101 with Cindy Goldade

“This can be used with any population and any ability. It can be adapted or altered to meet the goal the person has made.” - Brain Gym 101 with Cindy Goldade

“Wonderful course! I have been a therapist for several years, but I recently made the move to the educational setting – this course was great for me. Thank you!" - Ready Bodies with Athena Oden

“I liked the resources, but more importantly the data that supports it. I appreciated the explanations of the areas that I was less familiar with – vestibular, prop, reflexes. Athena was very knowledgeable and I feel did a great job of sharing it.” - Ready Bodies with Athena Oden

“Great knowledge and information that will be easily implemented in my school district.” - Ready Bodies with Athena Oden

“Athena speaks my language, has experiences that she communicated very well, knows her material, and has good rapport with listeners. Fun. Practical. I felt regarded as a professional. Good balance with all topics. Thank you!” - Ready Bodies with Athena Oden

“Everything was outstanding!! Great programs that affects academic achievement (good resources to share with teachers).” - Ready Bodies with Athena Oden

“Each of you were so approachable and ‘real’ – you are experts, but didn’t make anyone feel they didn’t have something to contribute to the experience – thank you for taking the time to come to MN in the winter!" - School Based OT with Kukuk, Leach, & Nguyen

“Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You were all great and I so appreciate all this excellent information put together and compiled for me. Thank you for all you effort doing this. I feel I am leaving a better more knowledgeable school therapist. I wish I had this course 3 years ago.” - School Based OT with Kukuk, Leach, & Nguyen

“I am a new grad. Just graduated in July 2011! Took school OT job and didn’t realize how far in over my head I was getting! This course was SO helpful and timely.” - School Based OT with Kukuk, Leach, & Nguyen

“Amazing! Applied directly to my practice. Would recommend to all therapists." - Clinical Assessment for Praxis with Teresa May-Benson

"The handout is fantastic and I appreciate all of the research presented as well as the neuro section. The treatment strategies listed in workbook were excellent. Great Course – thank you!” - Clinical Assessment for Praxis with Teresa May-Benson

“Very inspiring – one of the best courses ever. Great analogies – made easy to understand – great!” - Clinical Assessment for Praxis with Teresa May-Benson

“This course exceeded my expectations! I want more!! This was very motivational and educational for me. I am very glad I attended.” - Clinical Assessment for Praxis with Teresa May-Benson

“Teresa has an amazing knowledge base and makes complex topics understandable. Thank you for the excellent resources and not just Power Point!!! Excellent course, I highly recommend it to any therapist who deals with issues of Praxis. I was very appreciative of Teresa’s willingness to take time answering questions and still keep the course flowing.” - Clinical Assessment for Praxis with Teresa May-Benson

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2012 Session Recap

Special Free Evening Event
: The Inside Story on Ear Health Conditions: Unrecognized Barriers to Sensory & Communication Therapies - Sally Brockett, MS - 1.5 Contact Hours
- Intro Level
Session A: Sensory Processing Disorder and the Trauma Continuum - Ana do Valle, OTR, SEP - 13 Contact Hrs - Intermediate Level
Session B: Introduction to Brain Gym ® - Cindy Goldade, MEd - 8 Contact Hours - Intro Level
Session C: Kinesiotaping 3: Clinical Concepts and Advanced Taping Methods - DeDe Wanzek, PT, PCS, CKTI, CLT - 8 Contact Hours - Advanced Level
Session D: Practical Assessment and Treatment of Torticollis - Anne Pleva, PT, PCS - 7 Contact Hours - Intro/Intermediate Level
Session E: Nonverbal Learning Disabilities: Understanding the Whole Concept Treatment of NVLD/Right Hemisphere Disorders Using a Comprehensive Approach
Lise Gerard Faulise, MS, OTR/L, BCP - 7 Contact Hours
- Intro/Intermediate Level
Session F: Brain Gym ® 101 - Day 2 & 3 - Cindy Goldade, MEd - 16 Contact Hours - Intro Level
Session G: Ready Bodies, Learning Minds© Motor-Sensory Labs and Classrooms: Concepts, Strategies and Applications for the School - Athena Oden, PT - 12 Contact Hours - Intro/Intermediate Level
Session H: School-Based OT Outside of the Box: More Efficient, More Effective, More Practical & Fun - Camille Castillo Leach, MS, OTR/L, Natasha Coetzee Kukuk, OTD, OTR/L & Uyen P. Nguyen, MS, OTR/L - 14 Contact Hours - Intro/Intermediate Level
Session I: Clinical Assessment & Practical Interventions for Praxis: From Ideation to Execution - Teresa May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L - 13 Contact Hours - Advanced Level
Session J. This session has been cancelled.
Bridging the Gap: Strengthening Social Parameters of Functionality & Interaction Through an Intensive SI program in a Small Group Setting
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Isabel Romero Lara, PT
Session K: Tools for Tots: Sensory Strategies for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Maureen Kane-Wineland PhD, OT/L & Susan Swindeman OTR/L - 6 Contact Hours - Intro/Inter Level
Session L: Using Infant Massage as a Therapeutic Tool - Nikki Rosen-Lieberman, MA, OTR/L - 6 Contact Hours - Intro/Intermediate Level

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