School-Based Collaboration Strategies including Motor Labs and Sensory Path

Practical Labs and Tools for the school-based therapist. A course for those in the school system and private practice.


Kim Wiggins, OTR/L

Monday, March 16, 2020

8:15 - 2:45

Virtual option available


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Target Audience

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

Course Level


Course Description

Collaboration is essential to providing therapy services in school systems. Research indicates that students succeed when support is provided to the individual, team, and systems in place. Although pull out sessions can be effective, pushing into the classroom and collaboration is the new norm.

Research, strategies, and case studies that support an increase in collaboration in school systems will be reviewed. Learn new ways to push into the classroom!

The afternoon will include a variety of strategies for implementing and utilizing sensory paths and motor labs in a school environment. Every year students are exhibiting increased challenges in motor skills, attention, visual skills, and behavior. Research also indicates an increase in childhood obesity.

School based therapists have the expertise to increase participation in school routines and design programming to improve function and inclusion. It is the responsibility of school-based therapists to collaborate with a variety of school partners to support student success and contribute to both general and special education. School wide movement initiatives, such as motor labs and sensory paths, can be added to the school environment to promote healthy school climates needed for learning.

This course will review the research to encourage using these school-wide movement initiative programs. You will walk out with specific strategies for adding motor labs and sensory paths into your school environment the very next day.

This course is chock full of resources!


Kim Wiggins, OTR/L is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in pediatrics who has worked extensively in public school settings, outpatient, and home-based services to children of all ages with a variety of diagnoses and special needs.

Kim is currently a full time therapist at the Binghamton City School District in upstate NY and the owner of OTKimWiggins, which primarily focuses on increasing the attention level and motor skills of children and providing educational opportunities for parents and professionals. She is an experienced National program developer who has produced and presented training workshops and seminars on a variety of topics related to handwriting, vision, primitive reflexes, sensory techniques, and technology to therapists, teachers, administrators, and parents, She has presented to audiences nationwide since 2010.

Disclosure: Kim Wiggins receives a speaking fee for her presentation. She has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.

Educational Credits

5.5 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 5.5 CEUs.

Recognized by NYSED State Board for PT as an approved provider of PT and PTA continuing education. Approved for 5.5 contact hours.

Approved for 5.5 CTLE contact hours.

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8:15 AM – 2:45 PM

Registration: 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM

8:15 - 9:00 Models of Service (lecture)
9:00- 9:30 Determining Frequency of Services (lecture and demonstration)
9:30 - 9:45 consultation/collaboration (lecture
9:45 - 10:00 strategies to manage caseloads (lecture and examples)

10:00 - 10:15 Break

10:15 - 10:45 Pushing-In Barriers and Strategies (lecture)
10:45 - 11:15 Collaboration Ideas (lecture and demonstration)
11:15 - 11:45 Case studies: meet in small groups and brainstorm/problem solve push in strategies

11:45 - 12:15 LUNCH

12:15 - 12:30 Review of research that indicates an increase in special education and obesity
12:30 - 12:45 Review of research for use of classroom/school wide movement programs
12:45 - 12:55 Explanation of school wide movement initiatives
12:55 - 1:00 Physical activity requirements in schools
1:00 - 1:10 Motor Lab description and research
1:10 - 1:30 How a motor lab functions in a school: who can use it and how to use it

1:30 - 1:45 BREAK

1:45 - 1:50 Sensory Path explanation
1:50 - 2:00 Options for creating a sensory path
2:00 - 2:10 Options for pre-made sensory paths
2:10 - 2:20 Tips for Adding School Wide Initiatives to your school
2:20 - 2:30 Create your own! (group work)
2:30 - 2:45 Questions

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Learning Objectives

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

  • Recognize the differences between collaboration and direct service.

  • Differentiate hands on services, team supports, and system supports.

  • List examples of push-in strategies for the classroom

  • Identify approaches for improving pushin barriers.

  • List examples of school wide movement initiatives

  • Recognize the difference between a motor lab and a sensory path.

  • Explain what is a motor lab

  • Identify options for designing a sensory path

Pricing Information

Early Bird Registration (by February 4, 2020)


Standard Registration (by February 4, 2020)


Group Registration (3 or more registrants by February 4, 2020 - must register on the same day and each registrant must mention the others on her registration form):




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. Hands On Approaches, Inc. is not responsible for any expenses incurred by the participants (ie: non-refundable travel arrangements) if the course is cancelled. Tuition for no-shows or cancellations received after the course has started will be forfeited, no exceptions.
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. 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.