Continuing Education

Jane Case-Smith School-Based Symposium

The Ohio State University Division of Occupational Therapy and Ohio Occupational Therapy Association invites you to join us for the Jane Case-Smith School-Based Symposium on Monday, July 23, 2018.

This special inaugural symposium has been established in memory of Jane Case-Smith, former director of The Ohio State University Division of Occupational Therapy from 2005-2014. All proceeds from this event will benefit the Jane Case-Smith Scholarship Fund at The Ohio State University.

Please visit our event website for more information and to register.

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OOTA Pediatric Workshop Summer Series is Now ONLINE!

This summer, 7 regions of Ohio hosted the 2017 Pediatric Summer Workshop Series. Due to personal and work schedules, some of you were unable to attend. OOTA has now produced a webinar to make the morning content of this training available to you. This webinar provides legislation updates, highlights about agency news and activities, practice resources and more. 3.25 CEUs are offered, including an ethics hour. Cost: $50. For more information, click here for the flyer or visit  



 T is for Treatment-Pediatric Feeding Disorders: PreChaining and Food Therapy Programs

Presenters:  Cheri Fraker, CCC/SLP, CLC and Laura Walbert, CCC/SLP, CLC

When:  Saturday and Sunday: May 19th and 20th, 2018

CEUs:  OT 14 CEUs and 1.4 ASHA CEUs

Location:  CCAC  (Cleveland Clinic Administration Campus)
3175 Science Park Dr. Building 4  Beachwood, Ohio 44122

Course Description: This two day course will focus on assessment and treatment of feeding problems in infants, toddlers and children.

Topics covered include:

  • Anatomy of feeding aversion
  • Feeding therapy baby care basics
  • Successful transition to table foods
  • Toddlers’ eating from ages 2-6
  • Meeting nutrition needs for infants, toddlers & children
  • Case histories
  • Analysis and development plans for infants and toddlers
  • Picky vs problem eating
  • Problem-solving, referrals and the team approach to feeding aversion therapy
  • In-depth case history, analysis of the problem
  • Development of  team approach programs for children

Course Objectives:
1. List anatomical, physiological and areodigestive factors that create roadblocks to successful eating.
2. Describe the relationship between the health of the areodigestive tract and development of safe, flexible oral sensory motor feeding skills.|
3. Describe the relationship between the health, weight and appetite and understand the importance of a feeding schedule to develop internal motivation to eat.
4. Describe picky vs. problem eating.
5. Describe how to set the table for success based on the child’s Individualized Eating Profile.
6. Describe key components for Fraker, Walbert and Cox’s PreChaining and Food Chaining therapy in order to develop treatments for infants, toddlers, children and their families.

Registration:   Cost is $350.00!!!
Please contact Sue Gara Mastromonaco, OTR/L for a flyer or more information
Email Sue at  or  call (216) 442-0113.






Mealtime Miseries: Management of Complex Feeding Issues 
Presenters: Carol Elliott, BA, OTR/L Elizabeth Clawson, MS, PhD, LCP, HSPP 

When: May 18-19, 2018 (8:00-4:30 daily) 
CEU: 14 hours 
Location: Nationwide Children's Hospital, 555 S. 18th St., Columbus, OH 43205   Room ED025 (Basement of Education Building)
Course Description: The focus of this 2-day course is on the Transdisciplinary Effective Assessment and Treatment (TR-eat) model integrating oral motor/sensory therapy techniques and behavioral management for the treatment of complex feeding problems. It will cover innovative strategies and case examples, to address oral aversion, food refusal, poor transition onto solid foods, texture grading, learning to chew, self-feeding and feeding difficulties related to autism and picky eaters. These interventions are systematic and evidence based. Newly updated course material that is packed with practical solutions, hands on training and 75 pages of handouts.
Course Objectives - 1. Identify the foundation of the TR-eat model. 2. Identify variables that produce complex pediatric feeding problems including: medical, oral motor and behavioral. 3. Identify feeding interventions across developmental stages. 4. Differentiate between select behavioral strategies including shaping, chaining and fading as a catalyst to enhance oral motor and therapeutic skill building. 5. Implement texture grading techniques and apply them to the process of making pureed table foods for children weaning from tube feedings and learning how to chew. 6. Recognize treatment strategies for "picky eaters", including those with autism, using behavioral interventions. 7. Identify methods to improve problem solving skills through careful analysis to determine the most effective treatment plan to maximize desired outcomes.
Registration: Early Registration savings end April 29, 2018. For additional information and to register for this course please visit: or contact Carol Elliott - 



#320 Brain Gym Cleveland, OH  (Hilton Garden Inn Cleveland Airport)
July 27, 2018 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Instructor: Susan Owens, MS, OTR

A workshop for physical therapists and PTAs, occupational oherapists and OTAs, speech therapists, teachers, educators, health professionals. This course provides simple developmental movements that organize the student for learning in a fun, interactive and safe environment. This class builds a foundation for using Brain Gym both professionally and personally. Learn what Brain Gym is and how it works. Experience how to implement the renowned Dennison Laterality Repatterning Process for enhancing hemispheric integration. Learn the three dimensions of brain-body intelligence, (Laterality, Centering and Focus), and how to use 26 Brain Gym movements to activate/integrate the whole brain. Brain Gym is the core program of Educational Kinesiology (EduK), the study and application of posture and movement to enhance academic, interpersonal, &physical learning. In addition to Brain Gym, EduK offers additional courses that build on the Brain Gym.

For registration information: or or 800-791-0262





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