2016 – Quickshifts

Revolutionizing the Use of Sound in Sensorimotor Integrative Treatment


Since their inception, the Quickshifts library has grown exponentially. This expanded range of album choices, provides therapists with more options to precisely match the musical elements to clinical picture. In this one-day workshop, we will explore the therapeutic application of Quickshifts and how these sound tools can be used to quickly shift states of alertness and set up the nervous system for optimal success. Participants will learn about Quickshifts’ theoretical underpinnings such as binaural beat technology, musical entrainment, the encoded movement patterns found in music, and how accessing whole-brain processing further promotes basic and higher-level functions and processes. In addition, participants will learn the specific musical qualities and various clinical applications of each Quickshift album.

Whether being used in the clinic, school, home, or community setting, Quickshifts have shown to support immediate and lasting changes in a variety of occupational performance areas such as: self-regulation, sensory modulation, anxiety, postural activation, motor coordination, social interaction, and executive functioning. Preliminary research on the impact of Quickshift albums,conducted at a prestigious university, has shown improvements in postural activation and bilateral motor coordination. These initial investigations only further supportingthe results seen first-hand in the clinic. Audio samples, case presentations, and video examples will be provided so that participants gain first-hand experience with these sound tools. By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to implement the use of Quickshifts into their practice settings and will understand how to select the best musical match between album and client to optimize therapy goals and outcomes.


Sheila M. Frick, OTR/L

CHOOSE TO LEARN - Sheila M. Frick, OTR

Sheila M. Frick is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and founder of Vital Links. Since 1980, Sheila taught internationally clinician, lecturer, and pioneer in Occupational Therapy. Sheila has well over 30 years of clinical experience, having worked in psychiatry, rehabilitation, and home health before specializing in pediatrics. Sheila expertise includes sensory processing dysfunction, sensory integration, and auditory interventions.

Sheila has explored the links between Sensory Integration and developmental movement patterns through many avenues including the teaching of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen at Body Mind Centering, Marcia Monroe and Donna Farhi on developmental yoga training, and Peggy Hackney on Bartenieff Fundamentals.In addition, Sheila has collaborated with well-recognized leaders in the field of Sensory Integration including Mary Kawar, Patricia Wilbarger, Julia Wilbarger, Patricia Oetter, Eileen Richter, and Mary Fiorentino.

Sheila created and continues to expand Therapeutic Listening®, which has been taught to over 14,000 therapists worldwide. She also lectures on topics such as clinical neurology, respiration, the vestibular/auditory system, and various auditory interventions.

Sheila is the author of Listening with the Whole Body: Clinical Concepts and Treatment Guidelines for Therapeutic Listening, and co-author of Core Concepts in Action; Astronaut Training: A Sound Activated Vestibular-Visual Protocol; and Out of the Mouths of Babes. Recently, Sheila served as a contributing author for her section on Therapeutic Listening in the upcoming 3rd edition of Sensory Integration: Theory and Practice.

Sheila’s interest in further exploration of the impact of traumatic experiences on sensory processing and overall participation in daily life led her to training and later teaching with the TRE® organization. Her recent work in TRE® has influenced Sheila’s interest in expanding techniques and activities appropriate for children and young adults aimed at reducing stress, tension, and anxiety through movement and auditory based tools (Quickshifts).

Sheila continues to lecture on clinical, practically oriented, treatment focused workshops worldwide along with seeing clients in her private practice in Madison, Wisconsin.


Friday, November 11, 2016

9:00-10:30Sensory Processing & Self-Regulation: Overview of Current Thinking, Neurophysiological Concepts; Case Examples
10:45-12:00Connecting Sound & Movement: Neuroanatomy & the Encoded Patterns
12:00-1:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00-3:00Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Supporting Movement, Interaction & Engagement; Case Examples
3:15-4:30Enhancing Executive Function Through Quickshifts; Case Examples