Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation Offers New Course for Interdisciplinary School Teams on Mental Health Throughout the School Day

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New webinar helps occupational therapists become change leaders in promoting children’s mental health.

Dr. Susan Bazyk, presents this thought-provoking lecture on mental health in the school.

The goal is to help occupational therapists and interdisciplinary school teams become change leaders.

The latest presentation in the Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation’s Signature Lecture Series “Every Moment Counts: OT’s Role in Promoting Mental Health Throughout the School Day” is presented by Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, a Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University. The webinar is available through the Foundation’s SPD University which offers the latest online courses and lectures developed by the leading authorities on Sensory Processing Disorder with a rich set of e-learning opportunities for professionals and parents.

This informative lecture discusses how small moments can make a big difference in how children feel and function in school. Research confirms that positive interactions and experiences (e.g., enjoying lunch, having fun during recess) help children feel positive and connected to school.

"Every Moment Counts" is a mental health promotion initiative developed by Dr. Bazyk with funding from the Ohio Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children. This three-year project focuses on building capacity of occupational therapists and interdisciplinary school teams in addressing the mental health needs of all students throughout the day including lunch, recess and extracurricular after-school activities to help all children/youth become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home, and in the community. The goal is to help occupational therapists and interdisciplinary school teams become change leaders. Participants will learn about a multi-tiered, public health approach to mental health and how to implement innovative occupation-based programs emphasizing mental health promotion in children with and without disabilities and mental health challenges.

Members of the SPD Foundation have access to this thought-provoking lecture for free. For non-members, the cost is nominal and CEUs are available for occupational therapists. Parents and teachers alike will also find this presentation valuable and informative.

About the Presenter
Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is a Professor in the Occupational Therapy Program at Cleveland State University where she has taught for the past 30 years. She is also director of the Graduate Certificate Program in School-Based Practice. Throughout her career, she has specialized in occupational therapy practice with children and youth in home, school and community-based settings. Dr. Bazyk is the editor of a recently published book entitled "Mental Health Promotion, Prevention, and Intervention With Children and Youth: A Guiding Framework for Occupational Therapy" (2011) and the 2013 AOTA Practice Guideline on the same topic.

ABOUT SENSORY PROCESSING DISORDER FOUNDATION
The Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) Foundation, a Colorado 501(c)(3), is the world leader in research, education, and awareness for Sensory Processing Disorder, a neurological condition that disrupts the daily lives of more than 4 million Americans. The SPD Foundation offers educational programs, conducts SPD research, and provides resources for parents worldwide. Dr. Lucy Jane Miller, widely recognized as a leader in SPD research worldwide, founded the SPD Foundation in 1979. The SPD Foundation provides hope and help to individuals and families living with SPD. For more information, visit SPDFoundation.net or call 303-794-1182.

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