Expressions of Interest

Developing Pretend Play Skills in Children – Assessment & Intervention

Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti
ONLINE – Semester 2, 2022 Download event flier

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Speech Pathologists

Play has always been part of learning and growing, as well as providing enjoyment and fun. Play is an important measure of children’s development, as it encompasses emotional, social, cognitive and language aspects. This workshop for occupational therapists and speech pathologists; will provide participants with an ability to understand “typical” play deficits seen in children, assess a child's play development and provide therapists with a clinical reasoning framework to support implementing Pretend Play interventions based on an advanced understanding of the principles of Learn to Play Therapy.

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Occupational Performance Coaching

Charmaine Bernie
ONLINE (over 3 sessions) - Semester 2, 2022 Download event flier

Target Audience: Allied Health Professionals

Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) is proposed as an intervention which is family- and occupation-centred, enablement-focused and research informed. OPC involves working alongside parents to achieve parents’ goals for themselves, their children and/or their families. In OPC therapists utilise performance analysis, problem-solving, occupational and disability knowledge to guide parents’ exploration of changes that facilitate goal achievement. This workshop aims to provide therapists with an understanding of how to effectively use parent coaching within their services.

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Supreme Teams – Transformational Leadership in the Allied Health Sector

Online - Term 3, 2022
Dr Sharon Mickan Download event flier

Target Audience: Allied Health Professionals

This workshop will assist allied health leaders to have an overview of how they can utilise contemporary leadership/teams theory to create engaging workplaces and develop a successful leadership relationship where employees are actively engaged, have positive attitudes/behaviours, are great advocates of their organisation, and are inspired to utilise more of their capability (ie knowledge, skills, innovation).

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Self-Regulation: It’s a state of mind

Perth/Melbourne/Sydney - Semester 2, 2022
Dr Chris Chapparo Download event flier

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists

Self- regulation is a learned, developmental skill and is a key building block which underpins a child’s ability to mature emotionally, cognitively and socially. It directly influences a child’s occupational performance in self-care, academic and social participation. Increasingly, occupational therapists are asked to provide an understanding of challenges to self-regulation experienced by children and offer suggestions for strategies which may enhance their participation across the tasks they want and need to do.

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Advanced – Occupational Performance Coaching

Online (over 4 sessions) - Semester 2, 2022
Dr Fiona Graham Download event flier

Target Audience: Allied Health Professionals

This workshop is suitable for allied health professionals who consider Occupational Performance Coaching as part of their professional “tool kit” and are wanting to further enhance their knowledge and skills in this area.

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Boy Play

Online – 3 hour session - Term 3, 2022
Emeritus Professor Karen Stagnitti Download event flier

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists

Children’s preferences about toys and activities are influenced by societal gender stereotypes.  By having an understanding of the impacts of gender on play development, therapists can more effectively structure their play interventions to engage boys; as well as contribute to clinic, home and classroom environments that support their individual play skills and play with peers.

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Embarking on the Autism Journey

Term 2/3, 2022
Charmaine Bernie Download event flier

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists

This workshop will explore the Occupational Therapy role in the early phases of identification, diagnosis and service provision for ASD from the perspective of information gathering to support diagnostic assessment, as well as supporting families embarking on this journey.

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Conquering a “Code Brown”

Online - Term 2/3, 2022
Mrs Rebecca Khan Download event flier

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Psychologists, Continence Advisors, Child Health Nurses and School Health Nurses

The reason for a child or young person smearing their faeces can be either medically related, sensory related, behavioural or a combination of these. Often there are multiple causes and multiple approaches are needed to discourage the behaviour. Understanding the causes and treatments is the first step to customising a plan to resolve the issue. With successful management requiring realistic family support, advocacy and interaction with all carers involved.

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Supporting the Occupational Roles of Infants

Lisa Findlay
REGISTRATIONS OPEN - SEE UPCOMING EVENTS - MAY 2022 Download event flier

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists

Infancy (birth to 18 months) describes a period of rapid development in the areas of systems regulation, motor control, play and cognition and social interaction. During this period infants learn to master many foundation skills required to make sense of the world, develop secure relationships, learn, and meet expected developmental milestones. This workshop will support occupational therapists understand their unique role in supporting infant performance and participation in daily activities and routines

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Addressing Rest and Sleep in Children from an Occupational Perspective

Dr Chris Chapparo & Annie O’Connell
Sydney/Brisbane – Term 2/3, 2022 Download event flier

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists

Sleep is essential for a person’s health and wellbeing. It plays a crucial role in our body and brain’s physiological maintenance. Occupational therapists have a unique role in identifying sleep disturbance, as part of their assessment of an individual and family’s daily activity routines, participation and occupational performance. This workshop will outline various ways Occupational Therapists can assist children and families to promote and support children's sleep.

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