Building Healthy Brains: Movement Strategies for Optimal Brain Function Course


Look at skills such as handwriting, slouching in the seat, learning disorders, and movement in an entirely new way! Foundational skills about planes of movement and treatment activities provided for you!

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You’ve been asking…..our most popular in-person course is now available via distance-learning!

Course Description:  On-demand and waiting for you to view! Two hour-course packed with critical information to help build your therapy knowledge and tips to use immediately. Optimal function of our bodies occurs when our sensory and motor systems are strong and able to adapt to the demands of the environment. Today’s children often struggle with fidgeting, decreased attention, and immature motor patterns which manifest themselves through frustration and behavior issues. When our body’s systems are not integrated to form a strong foundation, difficulties in many areas occur. This session provides education about using movement to improve overall function.

  • How do we assess movement for occupation-based activities?
  • What does posture have to do with OT?
  • I don’t know how to look at movement in my pediatric therapy practice – help!

What’s Included?  Instruction, PDF course handouts, and hands-on movement activities are provided. Two video case studies are built into the course.

This is a Two-Hour (0.2 PDUs) intermediate course. It is pre-recorded/on-demand course so you can review or rewind the material according to your needs.

Course Instructor: Cara Koscinski, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, CAS

Learning Objectives:

1) Describe the importance of movement to higher-level brain function and occupational performance in pediatric OT.

2) Identify physical manifestations of immature brain function.

3) Choose hands-on movement activities that can be applied to children in order to improve brain maturity for occupational performance.


Module 1 – Foundational Terms   Discussion of movement in all planes during occupational performance in pediatric therapy

Module 2 – Tips for therapists to assess postural concerns and dysfunction during OT sessions

Module 3 – Neurological review and discussion of immature movement patterns during case reviews

Module 4 – Review of vision as the ‘window to the brain’ and various eye movements commonly used during educational and daily living tasks.

Module 5 – Treatment ideas for building more mature movement patterns during play-based activities discussed and reviewed. Use of suspension equipment and multiple activity ideas for smaller therapy spaces without swings to have fun while building skills.

Module 6 – Review of movement including YOGA, brain breaks, and ways to boost self-regulation.

Target Audience: OTs, OTAs, PTs, PTAs, SLPs, students, and teachers.

Course Completion Requirements:  The entire video must be viewed. The post-test requires an 80% score to receive a certificate of attendance. The link to the post-test will be provided in the course instructions document. E-mail so that Cara can review your score and signature.

INSTRUCTIONS:  The course handouts are in a downloadable PDF file. The link to download the handouts will be valid for two days only, however, the course may be completed when it’s convenient for you. Once completed, fill out the survey and e-mail me at to receive your course certificate.

Accommodations will be made to support learners in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have any special learning needs, please email before registering. 

Refund Policy:  No refunds will be issued after you have registered since handouts, videos, and related materials are provided immediately after purchase. However, you do have the option of moving your registration to another clinician, student, or attendee or viewing another course within 5 business days of your purchase. If the live course is canceled by the instructor, you will be given the option of a full refund or access to a recorded version of the course. Please contact with any questions or concerns regarding the course.

**Cara Koscinski discloses that she received an honorarium for instructing this course. She also published books relating to occupational therapy and mentions them in her ‘about me slides.’


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