SPG Therapy & Education is happy to collaborate with local SELPAs and LEAs in the provision of professional development activities for staff. Trainings/In-services are presented by our OT and PT Clinical Supervisors or by nationally recognized speakers in the field.
To view the available trainings in a category, click on the category below. Once the list expands, click on the training you would like to select. Or CLICK HERE for a downloadable listing of OT/PT Trainings.
AT Equipment and Adaptations for Success in the Classroom * - new!
Presented by SPG OT and PT Clinical Supervisors (1 hr.) AUDIENCE – DIS Providers, Educational Staff, University Audiences
Functional positioning, seating, and adaptive devices can improve postural control, deformity management, pressure/ postural management, comfort, and postural accommodation to maximize mobility and access. These modifications are essential in aiding people with disabilities in purposeful movements, such as transitioning from one place to another to participate in daily activities. Participants will become familiar with how to address mobility, Assistive Technology, positioning, and the use of various devices to increase functional independence activities of daily living.
Teletherapy Tools and Approach for OT and PT * - new!
Presented by SPG OT and PT Clinical Supervisors (1 hr.) Audience – OTs, PTs, Teletherapy Paraprofessionals, University Audiences
Attendees will learn creative ways to use common items found in the home to increase engagement in teletherapy sessions, as well as assist parents with "thinking outside the box" using items that are not considered conventional therapy tools. The goal is to provide fun and meaningful ideas to therapists and e-facilitators to target skill building using a non-conventional path.
Transfers, Transitions, and Positioning - Safe Practices: Save your Back for School Staff * - new!
Presented by SPG OT and PT Clinical Supervisors (1 hr. or 2 hrs.) Audience – DIS Providers, Educational Staff, District Administrators, University Audiences
Attendees will become proficient in proper body mechanics, which promotes safe lifting and transferring of students and decreases stress on assistants' bodies. With back injuries at work accounting for 20-36% of all work-related injuries, this is important and very preventable! This presentation includes active participation with demonstration and practice to enhance learning, so dress with movement in mind.
Understanding OT, PT, and APE in the Schools ** - new!
Presented by SPG OT and PT Clinical Supervisors and Special Education Attorney (1 hr. or 2 hrs.) Audience – DIS Providers, Educational Staff, District Administrators, University Audiences
Understanding how OTs, PTs and Adaptive Physical Education (APE) Teachers are similar, yet have vast differences, can allow the education staff, district administrators, and DIS providers a clear path to meeting students' needs more efficiently. Attendees will build knowledge around how to differentiate and best utilize physical therapists, occupational therapists, and the APE teacher. This allows for a more robust collaborative process in finding the best path to meet the needs of each student and support the staff and IEP process.
Virtual Assessments and Evaluations for PT and OT * - new!
Presented by SPG OT and PT Clinical Supervisors (1 hr.) Audience – OTs, PTs, Graduate Students
Participants will become familiar with virtual considerations to account for in the virtual testing realm and how to effectively choose suitable virtual assessments for PT and OT to gain the most useful and valid information. Factors that will be addressed during the presentation include:
*If you are interested and qualify for the free trainings that are available, please select from the trainings that are presented by SPG speakers – they are noted with the yellow asterisks in the list below. SPG requires one-month prior notice for training requests presented by SPG speakers. Trainings must be confirmed two weeks in advance. **If you are interested in an outside speaker, please note a minimum of a two-month notice is required in order to allow time for an outside speaker to make travel reservations, etc. Additional travel costs may also apply to the total speaking fee. Outside speakers are noted with the double red asterisks in the list below. For OT/ PT Certificated Staff: SPG Therapy & Education PT and OT professional development opportunities are provided by highly skilled Licensed OTs and PTs in the state of California. At this time, courses are not pre-approved for CEUs. Please refer to your professional board for options for obtaining CEUs.