2015 – Building Blocks for Sensory Integration


This two-day experiential workshop provides therapists with an in-depth understanding of the developmental and neurophysiological links between sensory integration and the basic primary movement patterns that provide the foundation (or building blocks) for sensory modulation and integration.

Beginning with support of the primitive reflexes, we will explore the development of posture and its relationship to gross and fine motor skills along with visual and auditory function. This course will allow participants to fine tune their clinical observation skills for the clients who are often difficult to test using standard measures. Hands-on demonstrations, movement labs, and video examples will highlight treatment strategies that can be implemented with and without therapy equipment, making them appropriate for all clinical settings.

A range of intervention strategies designed to support functional performance will be presented, and workshop participants will leave with a systematic way to assess, document and treat the movement challenges that arise from the lack of effective sensory motor integration.


Sheila Frick, OTR/L

CHOOSE TO LEARN - Sheila M. Frick, OTR

Sheila 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.


DAY 1 – November 5, 2015

8:30 – 9:00Introduction Difference between eyesight and vision
9:00–10:00Vestibular system supports for movement and function
10:30–12:00Posture and movement development and support for vision
Neuro-anatomy of the vestibular system Vestibular activation Referral criteria
12:00 – 1:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:30Vision and Vestibular Labs Vestibular assessment and treatment strategies Astronaut Training, Infinity Walk, and The Flow.
Use and application of Prism Lenses and The Vision Tracking Tube
2:30 – 3:00Break
3:00 – 4:30Terms used in visual testing Analysis/treatment—case presentations
4:30 – 5:00Visual physiology and neurology

DAY 2 – November 6, 2015

8:00–9:30Visual motor integration Visual perceptual analysis
9:30 – 10:00Vision screening for OTs
10:30–12:00Vision screening lab for OTs
12:00 – 1:00Lunch (on your own)
1:00 – 2:30Testing forms, procedures, and referral criteria Treatment roles OD treatment for oculomotor control, spatial awareness, and visual perception,including the MultiMatrix
2:30 – 3:00Break
3:00 – 4:15Video/slide presentation of vestibulo-oculomotor, vestibulo-proprioceptive, and bilateral integration intervention strategies and activities
4:15 – 4:30Questions and discussion


This conference is intended for occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and other professionals working with children with sensory motor integration issues.
This is an introductory level course.