Fine Motor Boot Camp – On Demand webinar (5 hours)

Fine Motor Boot Camp Building play, language, cognition & fine motor skills using simple everyday materials

Serious about progress through play


Julie Marzano, OTR/L
Emily McCarthy, M.S., CCC-SLP

On Demand Webinar

(5 hours runtime)

Please note: A 70% passing rate on the post test is required to receive full credit.

Absolutely loved the presenters, loved how they shared personal stories, used family videos.  This definitely will help me retrieve easily information I learned.   Practical!  Fun!  Innovative!”

Maria Galvis Hantilla, OT, school-based therapist

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Target Audience

OTs, SLPs, COTAs, parents, behavioral therapists, educators, administrators and psychologists working with children

Course Level

Introductory to intermediate

Course Description

Our course will provide background on the importance of play, language and fine motor development in early childhood.

Building on the idea that children can learn, create and play with anything, we are empowering parents, therapists and educators to “think outside the box” and use readily available household items as intervention materials.

Each hands-on activity takes only 5-15 minutes to set up and complete.

Participants will learn how to differentiate activities to meet varying levels of cognitive, language and fine motor needs.

Be prepared to leave ready to ditch the electronics and inspired to create and play!


“Loved learning how the imaginary play is so important – as I am school-based, we get so focused on working on actual education goals while imaginary play/social emotional development is so important!  Thank you!  Very entertaining and informative!  Very easy to listen to!”

Freida Kaufamn, COTA in DOE pre-school



Twin sisters and the co-creators of Fine Motor Boot Camp, Julie Marzano and Emily McCarthy have a combined 25+ years of experience. Having worked in the school system and home settings, they share a passion for education and are committed to improving the adaptability and delivery of fine motor and language services across all demographics. Their goal is to make learning hands on, play-based and accessible to EVERY child at EVERY ability level.

Julie Marzano has been a licensed and nationally certified Occupational Therapist since 2002 and is the co-creator and owner of Fine Motor Boot Camp, LLC. Julie holds both a BS & MS in occupational therapy from Temple University with a focus in sensory integration (SIPT certified) and early intervention. She holds practicing licenses in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. After spending 17 years in the Delaware public school system she now works at an approved private school in Pennsylvania for students with complex needs. With her identical twin sister, Julie runs several social media pages that promote child development and offer practical activities and solutions to promote play, language, motor, cognitive, and social development for children.

Emily is a nationally certified and licensed, Speech-Language Pathologist in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. After graduating, Emily received her Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. In addition to holding her Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) in Speech-Language Pathology from The American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, she also holds an Instructional Level II Teaching certificate in Speech & Language Impaired K-12 through the PA department of education. Emily was employed by the public school system for 12 years and is now working in early intervention with the birth – three population.

Julie Marzano and Emily McCarthy  receive a speaking fee for their presentation and are the owners of the Fine Motor Boot Camp. They have no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Educational Credits

5 contact hours. Certificates will be awarded.

Hands on Approaches, Inc. is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

Approved by AOTA for 0.5 CEUs.

Approved for 5 CTLE contact hours.


Learning Objectives will be assessed via a post-test given at the end of the webinar. A passing grade of 70% is necessary to receive a certificate of completion.

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This course is offered for 0.5 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional Area).

Time Ordered Agenda

45 minutes -  Types of play and examples

15 minutes -  Break

45 minutes - What really is “fine motor”? (visual perception/spatial/motor skills) &

30 minutes -  Expressive/Receptive Language Examples and Strategies

60 minutes -    Hands on Activities and Solutions Using Dollar Store Materials (Part 1)

30 minutes -  Hands on Activities and Solutions Using Dollar Store Materials (Part 2)

15 minutes -   Break

45 minutes -  Dollar Store “HACKS” and a few of our favorite things (Part 1)

45 minutes - Dollar Store “HACKS” and a few of our favorite things (Part 2)

Course Outline

  1. Background in the role and importance of play in learning.

  2. Fine Motor Development in early childhood.

  3. Language Development in early childhood. 

  4. Demonstration and samples of activities that build fine motor and language skills using simple materials.

  5. Ways to integrate activities into virtual intervention. 

  6. Build your own activities.

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Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, learners will be able to:

  • Explore components of play-based learning, fine motor, visual-spatial, visual-motor, and language skills in early childhood.  

  • Demonstrate “tips & tricks” for sneaking fine motor and language practice into simple routines & activities.

  • Demonstrate learning activities using simple household materials. 

  • Explain how to differentiate (upgrade & downgrade) activities to meet individual needs.

Pricing Information

Seminar Access + Certificate of Completion: $345


“Great practical course – makes you think and be more creative! And it’s a very adaptable program!”

Elizabeth Weil, Senior OT

Contact Information

Hands on Approaches, Inc.

(212) 884-9101

Refund and Cancellation Policy


All cancellations must be received in writing via fax, email, or mail. A full refund, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable), will be provided if cancellation is received up to four weeks prior to the date of the course. Half tuition, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable), will be refunded if cancellation is received up to two weeks prior to the date of the course. No refunds will be made after the two week deadline. Refunds where a coupon was redeemed will result in an adjusted refund amount. Tuition for no-shows or cancellations received after the course has started will be forfeited, no exceptions. Hands On Approaches, Inc. reserves the right to cancel the course for extenuating circumstances. A full refund for the course fee will be provided,less credit card processing fees, where applicable. Hands On Approaches, Inc. is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the participants (ie: non-refundable travel arrangements) if the course is cancelled.

Occasionally, changes are made due to speaker availability, participant demand or unforeseen circumstances. Courses may occasionally be cancelled. You will be notified by email and/or phone at least 24 hours in advance of the class start date. A full refund will be granted,less credit card processing fees, where applicable. While Hands On Approaches, Inc. will do everything possible to ensure participant satisfaction, Hands On Approaches, Inc.'s liability is limited to the tuition fee only.


Full day webinar - a full refund, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable) will be granted up to one week before the training date. No refunds will be issued after that time.

Mini Webinar (less than 4 hours) -  a full refund, less a $75 administrative fee (plus credit card processing fees, where applicable) will be granted up to 72 hours before the training date. No refunds will be issued after that time. 

No refunds for recordings or “on demand” webinars. Please note: "on demand" webinars do not have  a stop/play feature and will begin IMMEDIATELY after payment.  Be sure you have the allocated time for the webinar listed.