July 20-23, 2011: Building Integration Through The Developmental Process

Building Integration Through The Developmental Process
Sheila Frick, OTR & Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OTR

Framed within the perspectives of sensory integration theory, this interactive course will explore in depth the neurodevelopmental processes that integrate sensory, postural, and motor functions and development. The principles of sensory integration theory and the foundations of movement and postural development will be used to guide clinical reasoning in executing effective treatment strategies. We will discuss how unique variations in the progression of early sensory-motor development either promote or detract from sensory integrative function. Participants will learn how to assess blocks that interfere with the fullest expression of the typical developmental progression. Participants will learn an array of treatment activities applicable to children across the age span with diverse disorders such as sensory modulation disorder, autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities, and regulatory disorders.

Course Topics:

  • Neurobiological origins of sensory modulation and regulation
  • Development of primary movement patterns to support function and sensory integration
  • Postural development for function
  • Application to intervention for sensory modulation, perceptual skills, bilateral integration and praxis
  • Integration of multiple treatment perspectives and tools


This course will be taught by Sheila Frick, OTR and Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OTR

Sheila is an internationally esteemed clinician, lecturer and pioneer in Occupational Therapy. She has over 25 years of clinical experience having worked in psychiatry, rehabilitation, and home health before specializing in pediatrics. Her expertise includes sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration, and auditory interventions. She created and continues to expand Therapeutic Listening, which she has taught to over 10,000 therapists worldwide.

Julia is currently an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has worked as an occupational therapist in early intervention with high risk and developmentally delayed infants and toddlers, and in private practice and the public schools with a focus on children with learning, developmental and sensory integrative disorders. The aim of her research is to understand the underlying neuropsychological processes that influence how people respond to the sensory environment.

Date & Time:

Wednesday, July 20 – Saturday, July 23 at 9:00AM-4:30PM with one hour lunch (on your own) each day.


University of Wisconsin-Madison, Medical Sciences Center
600 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53792

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