The Pediatric Primer

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The Pediatric Primer
"Making the Transition to a More Secure Future"

A two-day, entry level OT/PT workshop for therapists new to pediatrics, returning to the field, transitioning from another area or those with experience who may need a refresher on current trends in pediatric practice. Contents are also applicable to COTA’s, PTA’s, Special educators and administrators. In this intensive two-day course, you will learn everything you need to know to begin to effectively treat children in the home, school and clinical settings.


Who Should Attend?

Occupational and Physical Therapists, COTA’s, PTA’s, Special Educators and Administrators.


Learning Objectives:

TheraPeeds uses an interactive medium in all classes and the programs are structured to cover each of the learning outcomes in each segment of instruction. The conclusion of each segment involves a review of the content covered and questions to assess the acquisition of learning outcomes.

At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify components of normal development through clinical observation.

  2. Identify dysfunctional components of typical pediatric diagnosis and classify diagnosis in the pediatric population and appropriate treatment options.

  3. Identify the appropriate testing tools and demonstrate through video observation the ability to evaluate the pediatric client.

  4. Identify and prioritize the best treatment options for the pediatric client.

  5. Identify the foundational principles of sensory integration disorders and treatments.

  6. Demonstrate the ability to assess and identify appropriate treatment options through video analysis.


Continuing Education Credits:

A certificate of completion will be issued at the end of the course, approved by the following sanctioning organizations: 

This course has been approved for 14.5 Contact Hours / 1.45 CEUs by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). TheraPeeds, Inc, is an approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA)(The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA). AOTA_CE_Logo
This course has been approved for 17.4 Contact Hours by the New York Sate Education Department's State Board of Physical Therapy (NYSEDSBPT). TheraPeeds, Inc, is an approved provider of continuing education by the New York Sate Education Department's State Board of Physical Therapy (NYSEDSBPT). nysedlogo



Julia Harper, PhD, MS, OTR/L

President of Therapeeds, Inc., Julia has practiced exclusively as a pediatric occupational therapist with a diversified client population and currently practices in NY and Florida. She has trained extensively, conducted research and holds advanced certifications in a variety of pediatric treatments. She is SIPT certified, lectures and trains therapist worldwide. Julia is nationally recognized for her work in SI treatment and her unique approach to providing integrative therapy.


Janessa Rick, PT

President of Hampton C.A.R.E.S., Inc., she has been practicing as a pediatric therapist for over 16 years and has developed the RCK Method, Re-Creating Kinesthetics based on her extensive background in alternative healing and holistic body work. She utilizes neuro-developmental treatment approach, pediatric developmental pilates, manual treatment, integration of retained reflex patterns and sensory motor integration to treat children and adults with a multitude of diagnosis.


General Cancellation Policy:

  • 75% tutition refund if cancelation received up to four weeks prior to the date of the seminar.
  • No tuition refund if cancellation made after the four week deadline.
  • Full tuition refund if seminar cancelled by Therapeeds or the sponsors. No refund for travel expenses.


Day One
Time Topic
8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome and Overview of Development

This segment will clearly describe the normal development of a child, providing therapists with a review of the basic clinical observation skills for the continuing assessment of children.

10:30 am

Morning Break

10:45 am

Differential Diagnosis

This segment will explore the most common pediatric diagnoses and help participants learn how to organize their clinical approach.

12:30 pm

Lunch Break

1:30 pm

The Pediatric Evaluation

How to conduct effective developmental OT and PT evaluations using a wide variety of cases as illustrations. 
The discussion will include major testing tools that are available for use in doing the evaluation.

2:45 pm

Afternoon Break

3:00 pm

The Pediatric Evaluation (Continued)

In-depth discussion of evaluation techniques, including time for each discipline to separate for OT and PT targeted discussions.

5:30 pm

End of Day One


Day Two


8:30 am

Demonstration of the Pediatric Evaluation

A chance to watch how the tools and ideas presented during the previous day’s session are put into practice.
Treatment planning and goals will be discussed.

10:30 am

Morning Break

10:45 am

Treatment Techniques and Approaches

An intensive discussion on specific treatment techniques and approaches with demonstrations covering a range of pediatric diagnoses.

12:00 pm

In-depth Treatment Discussion

Fine Motor for OT’s and Gross Motor for PT’s

1:00 pm

Lunch Break

2:00 pm

Sensory Integration

A detailed explanation of Sensory Integration and its relationship to pediatric treatment.

3:30 pm

Afternoon Break

3:45 pm

Treatment Videos

A chance to watch, discuss and ask questions about how the tools and treatments presented throughout the seminar are put into practice.

5:30 pm

End of Day Two

You have renewed my energy for working with children in a therapeutic and meaningful way to meet functional goals. Your work is so real and applicable. Thank you.

Paula H.
Charlotte, NC

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