NEW THERAPIES IN THE SCHOOL CONFERENCE 3 – Individual Sessions: Evidence Based Strategies to Support Students with Sensory and/or Motor Challenges
Course Description:

Speaker: Doreit Bialer

Session A:
No Longer A SECRET: A Theoretical, Practical Approach to Helping Students with Sensory and Motor Challenges Experience Success

This session applies the powerful framework, A SECRET, developed by Dr. Lucy Jane Miller and highlighted in the book; No Longer A SECRET: Unique and Common Sense Strategies for Children with Sensory and Motor Challenges; Bialer & Miller, to school based practice. Learn practical applications and research support of this new intervention approach to help prevent meltdowns and frustrations when children with sensory and motor challenges engage in difficult and demanding tasks either at home or in the school environment.


  1. Participants will identify one element of A SECRET clinical framework that is an area of challenge for a student and interferes with participation and success in the school environment.
  2. Participants will appropriately plan and organize strategies by utilizing elements of A SECRET clinical framework that support areas of challenge for students.
  3. Discuss two ways that self regulation can be taught to students.

Session B:
Current Evidence Based Strategies to Support Students with Attention, Arousal and Sensory Processing Disorder

This interactive workshop will take participants through a number of evidence based strategies that enhance attention and arousal states essential for participation and learning in the school and home environment. The strategies described can be used as essential elements to ensure student success during challenging tasks when using the framework A SECRET.


  1. Participants will be able to explain the two three causes of students’ inattentive states. High emotional arousal, low cortical arousal, distraction (Dunn, 2007; Ognibene, 2002; Wilbarger, 1998).
  2. Participants will be able to identify situations (e.g., carpet time, table activities, physical activities) in which students’ attentional focus tends to be problematic (Dunn, 2007).
  3. Participants will be able to deploy research-based strategies to improve students’ attentional focus, especially in problematic situations. These strategies include use of weight, rhythmic stimuli, lighting, movement activities, chair moves, and fidget tools.


Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants

This course is offered for 4 Contact Hours, 0.4 CEUs (Intermediate Level) Please visit our CEU page for further details   
If you wish to get continuing education credits after watching this session, you will need to take the post-test and pass it with a grade of 80% or better. To take the exam, watch sessions A and B and click the tab “Take Exam”, after watching session B. After you have submitted your answers, you will find out if you passed. If you passed, click the “Receive certificate” button to download and print your CEU certificate. If you did not pass, you may re-take the exam at your convenience until you pass. 

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