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Telehealth for Children and Families: Strategies to Balance Digital Learning and Sensory Smart Movement

Aubrey Schmalle, OTR/L, SIPT
2 Hours 03 Minutes
Audio and Video
May 04, 2020
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Telehealth challenges therapists to adapt their intervention approaches and seek out new ways to promote skill development while collaborating with parents in their home environment.

This program provides a unique solution to meeting the needs of a digital generation of learners. Learn how to balance technology with sensory smart movement to optimize treatment outcomes using a 3 Phase Approach:

  • Self-Regulation for focus
  • Activate the senses for learning
  • Regroup from screen-based learning demands


- PESI Australia, in collaboration with PESI in the USA, offers quality online continuing professional development events from the leaders in the field at a standard recognized by professional associations including psychology, social work, occupational therapy, alcohol and drug professionals, counselling and psychotherapy. On completion of the training, a Professional Development Certificate is issued after the individual has answered and submitted a quiz and course evaluation. This online program is worth 2.0 hours CPD for points calculation by your association.



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Aubrey Schmalle, OTR/L, SIPT, Certified Tomatis Consultant is an occupational therapist, providing advanced clinical evaluation and intervention in the area of sensory integration andlearning. She graduated from Boston University in 2003 with a Bachelors in occupational therapy and continued to advance her clinical knowledge through self-study, mentorship, certification in sensory integration theory and practice, and certification in the Tomatis Method and Tomatis-based auditory interventions. In 2011, she opened a private occupational therapy clinic, providing comprehensive evaluation and treatment of sensory processing disorders and related disabilities such as autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, and executive function deficits. She possesses advanced knowledge in visual-vestibular integration treatment techniques, treatment of postural-ocular and functional visual skill deficits, and intervention to address sensorymotor-perceptual factors contributing to dyslexia and dysgraphia. She provides independent educational occupational therapy evaluations across Fairfield County, CT and consults with school teams to optimize school-based intervention strategies and treatment techniques.

In spring 2018, she presented a case study utilizing the Tomatis Method and sensory integrative occupational therapy at the Tomatis International Convention in Warsaw, Poland. In 2015, she authored The Body Activated Learning Handbook and continues to develop programming, educational supports, and trainings for educators and related service professionals based on the Body Activated Learning™ approach.

She presents to educators, therapists, and nurses on the impact of sensory processing on learning and development and helps them optimize classroom and treatment strategies to support a neurologically diverse generation using Body Activated LearningTM. Most recently, she presented at the Developmental Disabilities Nursing Association of CT on using Body Activated Learning to enhance programming and facilitate independence when working with adults with Autism and developmental disabilities.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Aubrey Schmalle is owner of Sensational Achievements, LLC. She receives book royalties as a published author. Aubrey Schmalle receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Aubrey Schmalle is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association.


  1. Summarize the 3 key factors to optimizing telehealth sessions 
  2. Design a treatment plan outline to support state regulation and the brain-body connection while promoting recovery from screen time and skill demands. 
  3. Utilize appropriate coding for reimbursement and compliance  


Prepare and Be Present 

  • Shifting from direct service to facilitated therapy and coaching 
  • Internalizing the challenges and opportunities when collaborating with parents 

Strategic Planning for Improved Treatment Outcomes and Carryover  

  • A 3-phase approach using Body Activated LearningTM 
  • Balancing technology with sensory smart movement 

Collaboration Techniques for Empowering Parents 

  • Promoting a therapeutic alliance through preparation 
  • Guiding parents to stay present and connected 
  • Effective parent communication to enhance therapeutic value 

Following Informed Billing practices and Payer expectations for pediatric telehealth 

  • Identify payor differences in coding and their impact on treatment planning 
  • Considerations and opportunities for school-based telehealth 

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Psychologists(For CE Credit)
  • Psychotherapists
  • Therapists
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Case Managers
  • Nurses

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