Margie Berrigan, Occupational Therapist presents a Therapy Connect Webinar “Making simple low cost sensory tools for home and school to support your child’s sensory needs”.

Sensory tools can assist a child to regulate the big feelings they have in their bodies, helping them to focus longer, connect with others and be in a just right state for learning. The webinar will reference up to date evidence on the benefits of sensory based strategies and the importance of ongoing support from an OT when using sensory tools with your child.

The use of sensory tools, such as fidget spinners, wiggle cushions and weighted products are becoming more commonplace in the classroom. It is therefore important to ensure the items are effective for the child using it. An OT helps to identify a child’s sensory preferences, and which sensory tool is likely to be the most effective. The OT is also responsible for ongoing review of the child’s needs.

The Free Webinar will cover:

> A broad understanding of what sensory tools can offer.
> Up to date evidence on the benefits of sensory based strategies.
> The importance of ongoing support from an OT when using sensory
tools with your child.
> How simple, low-budget and DIY sensory ideas can meet the needs of
your child, sometimes in place of the more expensive items.
> How you can create your own tools at a lower price, sometimes
with equipment in your own home.
> Links, demonstrations and instructions for making your own equipment.
> How to prioritize the costlier sensory equipment, and the pros and cons
of common equipment pieces.

Your Presenter

Margie Berrigan has over 17 years of clinical experience working with children and families. Margie has specialised in assessment and intervention for infants, children and adolescents with social/emotional, developmental, academic and functional self-care difficulties.

Through years of working with families as an OT, trans-disciplinary therapist and mental health clinician, as well as being a mum herself, Margie understands the importance of making information clear and easy to adapt to everyday life.

Margie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy and is currently studying for her Master’s Degree, specialising in Mental health. She has completed training in Circle of Security, Theraplay, DIR Floor-time and Tuning in to Kids and uses this training to help parents to connect with their children.

Margie is a registered Occupational Therapist with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and is a member of Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) . She is endorsed by OTA as a mental health practitioner.

Finer Details

Date: Tuesday 2nd April, 2019
Time: 8.00pm AEST
Location: Online Webinar via Zoom. Access link will be emailed upon successful registration.

A recording will be made available after the webinar.

Who would benefit from the webinar?

This webinar is ideal for parents and teachers interested in how to create sensory tools to support children’s learning.

All occupational therapy interventions focus on teaching the necessary skill, modifying the task, adapting the environment and educating the client/family in order to increase participation and performance.

Margie Berrigan
Occupational Therapist
Therapy Connect