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Digital Seminar

Sensory Motor Play in Early Intervention: Improving Self-Regulation, Social Skills and Development

Robbie Levy, MA, OTR/L
5 Hours 38 Minutes
Mar 14, 2018
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  • Improve student performance in executive function, pre-academics and motor skills
  • Stop temper tantrums and meltdowns
  • Decrease anxiety from sensory misinterpretations
  • Help with smooth transitions
  • Keep children on-task and focused
  • Enhance sharing, turn-taking and general social skills

Join Robbie Levy, MA, OTR/L, and discover how sensory, motor and play activities impact self-regulation, social skills and development. Learn cutting-edge, brain-based information and techniques for kids who exhibit the following behaviors:

  • Excessive temper tantrums and difficulty with transitions
  • Unable to stay focused on people or activities
  • Limited gross and fine motor skills
  • Overly aggressive during play, limited sharing and turn-taking
  • Distracted by background noises that others don’t seem to hear
  • Anxious in crowds/large groups
  • Overly fearful of swings and playground equipment
  • Constant need to touch people or textures, even when it’s inappropriate to do so
  • Doesn’t understand personal space

Through lecture, experiential activities, group and individual case studies, video and picture demonstration, you will come away with a “tool-box” full of activities and resources. Get your kids on a more powerful path to self-regulation and typical social and motor development!



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Robbie Levy, MA, OTR/L, is an occupational therapist with over 33 years of experience specializing in pediatrics and is the owner and director of Dynamic Kids, a large, well-respected OT, PT, SLP practice devoted to addressing a variety of sensory, motor, behavioral, social and academic issues in children from birth to adolescence. Dynamic Kids is partnering with NYU to do research on the impact of heavy work protocols on executive function in preschool children with sensory processing disorders. Actively involved in many industry associations, Ms. Levy’s passion and expertise is called upon repeatedly both nationally and regionally by therapy, education and parent groups such as AOTA, NYSOTA, Young Child Expo, Child Care Council and countless others. Her expertise and passion working with children and families is sought after for presentations and consultations in the following areas: sensory integration/sensory processing, motor development, the role of occupational therapy in school-based therapy, handwriting development, assistive technology as well as private practice issues.

Ms. Levy is a past professor at NYU in the Department of Occupational Therapy teaching pediatrics and advanced professional seminars in Developmental Disabilities. She has many advanced trainings and certifications including SIPT, Therapeutic Listening, NDT, Handwriting without Tears, Wilbarger Protocol, How Does Your Engine Run, Benbow and DIR-Floortime. Ms. Levy is honored to be a recipient of the 2015 award from Westchester Woman of Influence. She received her BS in occupational therapy from the University of Pennsylvania and her Advance Masters in developmental disabilities from NYU. Ms. Levy is the author of the blog, “Ask the Expert ”.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Roberta Levy is the Director/Owner of Dynamic Kids, Inc.  She is the author of the Dynamic Kids Ask the Expert blog.  She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Roberta Levy has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.

Course Content Disclosure: ASHA Position Policy states that Auditory Integration Therapy (AIT) has not met scientific standards for efficacy that would currently justify its usage.

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  1. Articulate extensive knowledge of the 7 sensory systems.
  2. Determine the characteristics of hypo-responsivity and hyper-responsivity within sensory systems.
  3. Explore the different types of play and the role each plays in early intervention.
  4. Communicate why excessive technology interferes with many areas of development.
  5. Design sensory and motor play interventions for motor development, emotional/behavioral development and self-regulation.
  6. Utilize new activities to incorporate into your classrooms/therapy/homes.
  7. Employ visual-cognitive strategies to enhance self-regulation.



  • Overview of Sensory Systems
    • Emphasis on tactile, vestibular and proprioceptive
    • Visual, auditory, olfactory, gustatory
    • Body in space/body awareness
    • Modulation - when is it a problem?
  • Impact of Sensory on Behavior, Performance and Learning
    • Attention, self-regulation, organization, executive function
    • Motor output (gross, fine, handwriting)
    • Activities of daily living (ADL’s)
    • Behavior, social skills and self-esteem
  • Effective Intervention Strategies for:
    • Sensory:
      • Use all 7 systems-we are more than just auditory and visual learners
      • Modulation-characteristics of hyper and hypo systems
      • Concentrate on foundation skills and deep pressure/heavy work
      • Sensory Lifestyle/Toolbox - How to use what’s right there
      • Sound therapies and music- utilizing what you hear to change behavior and performance
      • Environmental modifications
      • Interactive Metronome, Brain Gym and more
    • Self-Regulation:
      • Yoga, Pilates, Me Moves-How movement helps
      • Breathing, oral-motor-using the ribcage and mouth to regulate
      • Meltdowns-prevention and what to do if you can’t
      • Transitions- how to help!
      • Social stories, visual-cognitive strategies and more
    • Play:
      • The 5 different types of play and their role in development
      • Use “Theory of Mind” framework to facilitate play and regulation
      • Enhancing independent play vs. adult/computer-directed play
      • Activities to enhance creative play, ideation and planning abilities
      • Activities to prepare for core curriculum goals in K and early elementary

Target Audience

Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Educators, Counselors, Speech-Language Pathologists, Social Workers, Physical Therapists

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