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From Flapping to Function: How to Promote Hand Skills by Meeting a Child’s Sensory Needs

Date: Aug 26, 2017
Time: 9:00 AM -11:00 AM


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Past Presentations......


Sensory-Based Strategies that Promote Hand skills
Massachusetts Early Intervention Consortium
Thursday, May 8, 2014

Therapro, Inc. Framingham, MA
Saturday October 19, 2013

Presenting at New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Conference
Friday October  25, 2013

ot pt ohio

I will be presenting at the Ohio  Institute for OT PT School Based Practice
Tuesday august 13, 2013
On-Line registration begins May 1, 2013- Information

institute for educational development

The Institute for Educational Development (IED) is a national sponsor of professional staff development
for educators and occupational therapists. I will be presenting the seminar:

Innovative Tools and Strategies for Occupational Therapists to Enhance Students’ Sensory Processing and Fine-Motor Skills (Grades P-12)

November 15, 2012, Nashville Tennessee

November 16, 2012 Louisville, Kentucky

December 19, 2012 Hartford, Connecticut

December 20, 2012  Manchester, New Hampshire

new hampshire occupational therapy conference

October 26th 2012 presentation at New Hampshire Occupational Therapy Association conference
"Helping Parent’s to Promote Fine-Motor Skills"

Helping children with Autism to Develop Hand Skills
Northeast ARC Autism support Center
February 28th, 2012
6 southside road, Danvers, MA

Barbara Smith, M.S., OTR/L has worked with children and adults with developmental disabilities
in a variety of settings over the past 30 years. She is the author of several books, including her
latest, From Rattles to Writing: A Parent’s Guide to Hand Skills. Barbara is passionate about
adapting activities and using teaching strategies that help children with attention and sensory
challenges to develop hand skills. Parents will learn how to provide the types of sensory stimulation
that help children develop the skills that lead to reading and writing- amazingly, this all begins
at birth! Children with autism often demonstrate sensory preferences and aversions that
impact learning. Adapting activities and using teaching strategies and sensory reinforcement to
meet the individual child’s needs is critical in achieving sensory regulation, focus and engagement
in hand activities. Please contact the Autism Support Center to register: 978-777-9135 or

meic conferenceMassachusetts Early Intervention Consortium
Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel
Marlboro, MA
Sponsored by: PERCS

Tel: 508-473-3882 x208 |
Fax: 508-478-0615

Wednesday- May 9, 2012
My presentation is at 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Titled: Sensory-Based Strategies that Promote Hand Skills

Therapro, Inc. in Framingham, Massachusetts
September 10th, 2011 
Speaking about my new book: From Rattles to Writing: A parent's Guide to Hand Skills

Austill's Rehabilitation Services, Inc.
"Designing Low-Cost FUN Activities to Energize Your Therapy Practice"