McGillivray & Associates OT4KIDS will  host presentations and workshops from time to time throughout the year so please stayed tuned to our website for future dates and information. If you have a topic that you would like us to consider presenting, please e-mail us at  We are also available and willing to present to your school, agency or organization.

Instructor:Kim Barthel OTR;  Date:  April 24, 2018; Kids Therapy Circle, St. Catharines, ON

This one-day workshop is an introduction to the elements of self-regulation and its profound influence upon learning in the classroom environment. Many children experience difficulty regulating their activity levels or energy and difficulty balancing their sensory systems, which can be disruptive to the learning environment and to social interaction. Strategies will be introduced to assist participants in
managing varying activity levels through curriculum activities and adaptations. Additionally, children may have difficulty regulating their emotions or mood states resulting in stress responses that often limit participation in learning tasks. Participants can learn to develop therapeutic relationships with their students to support the development of balance emotional states for optimum learning. Inattention, impulsivity and information retention are also functions that require meta-cognitive regulation
and require specific strategies of support. This one-day workshop will be lecture format with video
analysis for optimum learning.

The Participant will develop an understanding of:  Strategies to adapt the classroom environment to support regulation. The science of movement as it supports regulation and learning. Learning theory and universal design education.  Attunement and its effect on learning. Sensory processing intervention.
Who Should Attend?
Administrators, Consultants, Learning Resource Teachers, Special Education Support Staff, Teachers, Educational Assistants, OT, SW, SLP and parents/caregivers.
John Michaels Banquet & Conference Centre, 1368 Upper’s Lane, Thorold, ON L2V 5B3
Individual – $150
Table of 8 – $800
Light continental breakfast, buffet lunch and light snacks included with regular, vegetarian and gluten free options. We regret we cannot accommodate other dietary restrictions.
Questions? Patti McGillivray OT4KIDS;

The Day
8:30am – 9:00am Registration
9:00am – 10:45am Foundations of
Sensory Processing
10:45am – 11:00am BREAK
11:00am – 12:00pm Sensory Processing
Intervention in the Classroom
12:00pm – 1:00pm LUNCH
1:00pm – 2:30pm Emotional
Regulation: Attachment Theory
2:30pm – 2:45pm BREAK
2:45pm – 3:30pm Therapeutic
relationship in the classroom
3:30pm – 4:30pm Cognition and
Metacognition as
regulation in the classroom

Kim Barthel OTR: Kim Barthel is a world-renowned Occupational Therapist, known as a pioneer in reinforcing the importance of relationship in therapy. Often working in trans-disciplinary and
multicultural Kim blends cutting-edge developments in neuroscience with compassionate inquiry. With 30+ years as an OT, Kim’s specialties include NDT, Sensory Processing, Complex Behaviour, Mental Health, Trauma Informed Practice and Attachment. To empower personal reflection, she coauthored
the national best seller Conversations with a Rattlesnake with NHL hockey legend Theo Fleury. Kim’s
mission is to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit.
Sponsored by:
Kids Therapy Circle