Take your treatment skill to the next level

Professional Therapies provides exceptional continuing education opportunities for pediatric physical, occupational, speech therapists interested in progressing their clinical treatment abilities and problem-solving approach for the treatment of children with motor dysfunction.


Delivering Pediatric Therapy Effectively in the Natural Environment
(An Intermediate Level Course)

Continuing Education for Physical & Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapy Assistants, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants and Early Interventionists

November 2-3 (Friday - Saturday), 2018

Course Content and Structure:

This two-day, intermediate level workshop provides 15 contact hours. CEU’s will be awarded for Physical Therapists and PTA’s and PDU’s for Occupational Therapists and COTA’s collaboratively through Weeefun and Professional Therapies.

The course focus is on early intervention treatment (0-3 years) in the natural environment with a family centered approach including; home, park and playground settings. This course includes a lecture and lab portion as well as treatment demonstrations of infants and children with developmental and neuromuscular impairments to their gross and fine motor systems.

The lecture/lab segment will cover early motor skills development and focus areas for treatment and handling. Facilitation techniques will include those used for skill development of transitional movements involving the trunk and extremities, along with mobility and control for early transition attainment centered on rolling, crawling, creeping and first steps. The focus of this class will be on handling and treatment, including Neurodevelopmental, Sensory and Motor Learning treatment methods, helping attendees learn practical skills for Early Intervention treatment.

For the lab segments, participants must bring a soft, rag type doll of approximately 24-30” to practice baby facilitation and handling techniques. Attendees should also dress in comfortable clothes that allow for movement to practice transitions and treatment. There will be a treatment demonstration on Friday in a simulated home setting as well as a treatment demonstration Saturday in the park/playground setting located just across from the course venue. This class will include an exclusive and inspiring guest speaker, (A talented young local musician, with Cerebral Palsy), highlighting the positives of his experience with traditional OT/PT therapy in the Natural setting- (Saturday lunch time).

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Fiona Rea, OTR/L, C/NDT, Swallow Certified, SIPT Certified.

Fiona graduated from Lincoln School of Health Sciences, La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia, with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Occupational Therapy in 1990. Fiona has 25+ years of clinical pediatric experience. Initially she worked in community pediatrics at Specialized Centers for Cerebral Palsy in both Victoria and Queensland, Australia. She also spent one year abroad as an Occupational Therapist in London, United Kingdom and in a Romanian Orphanage in the early 1990’s.

Fiona certified in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia in 1995. Fiona has completed several specialty certifications including- Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Certification in 1998, Neurodevelopmental Treatment of the Baby 2001, Feeding & Swallowing California Board OT certified, CCS Paneled, Lactation Educator Certification through UCLA Extension program. Additional certification in Handwriting Without Tears Level 1, and Therapeutic Listening. Fiona has been working as an Occupational Therapist in Pediatrics, in the United states since 1996, gaining expertise in acute pediatric therapy services at Children’s Hospital Los Angles primarily with neonates and high risk infants, professional mentoring and training.

Fiona founded Weeefun Therapy for Children an Outpatient Pediatric therapy clinic, in 2007 in Los Angeles. Fiona is the owner and director of Weeefun Therapy and currently provides Occupational Therapy services in this community pediatric Clinic setting, plus managing and mentoring to her staff.

Fiona lives locally to the clinic with her family. She enjoys an active life filled with running, yoga and mountain biking with her almost 7 year-old son

Michael J. Workman PT, C/NDT

Michael graduated from The State University of New York, Stony Brook in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. After clinical training with United Cerebral Palsy and NYU’s Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation, he accepted a physical therapy position with the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

During his time at Mount Sinai, Michael completed his degree at the University of Utah on a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology, graduating in 1994. In the summer of 1995, he was certified in Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Treatment in Queensland, Australia. Upon his return to New York City, Michael accepted a position with the New York City Board of Education and began practicing pediatrics full-time at Public School 380 in Brooklyn. In 1996, he returned part-time to Mount Sinai Medical Center to help re-establish their outpatient pediatric physical therapy service. After his marriage in 1997, Michael and his wife Sue, also a physical therapist, relocated to his home state of Utah. Together they founded Professional Therapies in 1999.

In 2001, Michael received his Neuro-developmental Treatment Certification in "The Treatment of the Baby" and has assisted with several courses as a practicum instructor. He has also been involved in clinical instruction for the University of Utah Physical Therapy Program. He currently provides physical therapy services for Spina Bifida Clinic at Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City as well as therapy services for Prader-Willi Clinic for the State of Utah. In 2012 Michael began working with children diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy for the Pediatric Motor Disorders Research Program through The University of Utah. Michael has over 25 years of experience working in early intervention programs (birth to 3 years old) and with children of all ages. Michael also serves as the President and Co-owner of The Bamboo Brace LLC, manufacturing dynamic elbow braces for children with special needs as well as The Equipment Placement Director of Ability Found, a charity providing mobility equipment to those in need.

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Please contact Fiona Rea at 626-841-1115 if you require classroom accommodations or modifications because of a documented disability. Full course attendance is required for successful completion of the course. We reserve the right to cancel the course within 21 days of the scheduled start date. In the case of cancellation, a full refund will be granted to all paid attendees. Weeefun-Professional Therapies is not liable for attendee expenses incurred for travel and lodging with regard to attendance of this continuing education course.

Course Specifications:

Course Level: Intermediate.

Student to Faculty ratio: (15:1)

Hours: 8 am- 5 pm. 1 hour for lunch. Two, 15 minutes breaks a.m. and p.m.

Location: Weeefun Therapy for Children, 724 E. Foothill Blvd, San Dimas, CA 91773

Parking: Free parking at Weeefun. If full, paid parking available in neighboring lots

Tuition: $450/per participant for two-day course.

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Cancellation Policy: Full refund for course tuition (less an $80 administrative fee) will be granted with written notice 30 days prior to first day of course.
Cancellation by attendee less than 30 days from first day of class will not eligible for any refund.

Course Syllabus & Lecture PDF’s: Emailed to each participant prior to start of course

Reading Recommendations:

1. Neuro-Developmental Treatment. A Guide to NDT Clinical Practice. Bierman, Hazzard, Stamer, Franjoine, Howle. Thieme. 2016
2. Components of Typical and Atypical Motor Development, Lois Bly M.A.; Therapy Skill Builders. 2011.
3. Normal Development of Functional Motor Skills, Rona Alexander Ph.D., CCC-SP; Regi Boehme, OTR; Barbara Cupps, PT. Therapy Skill Builders.1993
4. Motor Skill Acquisition in the First Year of Life, Lois Bly, M.A PT, copyright 1994, Published by Therapy Skill Builders.
5. Baby Treatment Based on NDT Principles, Lois Bly, M. A PT, copyright 1999. Published by Therapy Skill Builders.

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