Partnering with Children & Families in Pediatric Intervention: Supporting Motivation, Cooperation & Participation for Best Outcomes

June 6, 2014 9:00am - 4:30pm

*Advance Payment Required*

This event is open to OT/PT/ST

This course has approval for 6 CEUs/CCUs from TOTA, TSHA and TPTA.


Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS

Course Location:

Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center

200 E Market St. Room 103A

San Antonio, TX 78205

Course Description:

The question is not, “Will there be conflict?” within the work that we do. Of course there will be conflict. Conflict is a normal part of life, given the differing views, needs and goals we each have (as healthcare providers or educators, as children, as parents/caregivers). The questions become, “How might we normalize conflict so that it doesn’t hinder our progress and our relationships?”, “How can we be insightful, proactive and effective in managing conflict in a collaborative way so that positive outcomes are achieved and relationships are strengthened?”

Partnering with Children & Families in Pediatric Intervention is an exploration into the power of relationship, trust, expectations and follow through in the work that we do. This 6 hour training will guide participants in developing a common language related to the art and science of enhancing motivation, cooperation and participation (our own, the children with whom we work, the families/caregivers/other healthcare providers/educators with whom we work). Participants will learn about the functions associated with behavior (from a behavior analytic view), as well as the social emotional and relationship aspects (from an affect script theory and restorative practices framework) that are vital to supporting motivation, cooperation and participation. It will address proactive strategies to use in supporting children and families/caregivers to succeed in these areas, as well as specific strategies to implement when challenges do arise.

You will leave this training feeling inspired and informed, ready and willing to enter into situations with which you have struggled in the past, ready to make a difference.

Presenter Biography:

Jennifer Lawson, OTR, MS
Jennifer studied Psychology and Spanish as an undergraduate at Indiana University and received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy in 1996 from the University of Indianapolis. She has worked in pediatrics since 1999 and is currently the Occupational Therapy Program Director & the Autism Spectrum Disorders Program Director for THERAPY 2000, a growing pediatric home health therapy company based in Dallas, Texas. Jennifer guides overall philosophy and delivery of OT programming, as well as therapist training and clinical development. She works with children and families, mentors other therapists, and coordinates the OT student program.

Jennifer’s main area of interest and expertise is in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and their families. This interest and expertise was developed through experiences such as: working for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools (North Carolina, with TEACCH and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center as resources); serving on an interdisciplinary team at Mason City Schools Early Childhood Center to develop specialized programming for children with ASD (near Cincinnati, Ohio, with support and resources through the Kelly O’Leary Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital & Medical Center and OCALI, the Ohio Center for Autism & Low Incidence), and serving as primary In-Home/Parent Trainer for McKinney ISD. Jennifer believes strongly in the importance and power of the therapeutic relationship, and provides mentoring and training in this area as well. Jennifer has been a Registered Yoga Teacher since 2006 and a yoga studio owner in the Dallas area since 2011.

Learner Objectives:

At the end of this training, participants will –

  1. Identify the innate components of the affect system and their role in motivation, cooperation & participation
  2. Describe the role that relationship plays in the work that we do as healthcare providers/educators & why it is so vital
  3. List basic restorative practice principles to everyday work with children and families/caregivers
  4. Identify the importance of shame, fear, distress and anger as potential derailers in the healthcare process, and gain insight into management of these affects
  5. Describe and apply the Antecedent-Behavior-Consequence framework to determine function of behavior, as a factor to consider in determining potential intervention techniques
  6. Identify and select evidence-based behavioral and social-emotional strategies to implement proactively and responsively when needed


The fee for this course is $29. Advance payment is required.

9:00 am – 4:30 pm

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