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Friday, January 15 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
TOPSoccer 301 — Teaching Children with Sensory Processing Disorder

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Children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) may be present with individual characteristics that have the potential to impact their participation and success in sports, particularly team sports. Occupational therapy helps children gain independence and promotes the development of sensory motor skills, visual and perceptual motor skills, and fine motor skills to enhance success in desired sports. Soccer is at the top of the list for many school age children. It is the goal of therapy to help develop the skills needed to interact with others and their environment, and be confident and happy as they pursue their love of the sport.

This 1-hour workshop will be an introduction to sensory processing disorder and how it relates to each aspect of team soccer. The presenters will outline a typical presentation of children with SPD on the field and the sidelines. They will describe and demonstrate applicable, hands-on strategies for the coaches, as well as strategies that coaches can provide to families for home practice.

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Dr. Julie Bonham

Co-Founder, Pediatric Therapy Specialists
Julie Patrick Bonham, OTD, MSOTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Science, a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy and a Doctorate in Occupational Therapy. In 20 years of practice, her professional pursuits have embodied the... Read More →
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Dr. Tasha Malhotra

Co-Founder, Pediatric Therapy Specialists
Tasha is the co-founder of Pediatric Therapy Specialists, a private pediatric therapy clinic established in 2001 in Fairfax, Va.  She has been a practicing occupational therapist for 20 years and has dedicated her career to providing children the tools to be successful in life.  Her... Read More →

Friday January 15, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm EST