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Event Date: 11-11-2021
Event Price: €335
€ 335

Building Blocks for Sensory Integration

Presented by Sheila M.Frick OTR/L

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic this course, which was due to take place in Ireland in May 2020, will be rescheduled to an online course on 11th and 12th November 2021 . Any places booked will be transferred to the new date and a refund for the balance of payment will be arranged.

Course Description

This two-day, experiential course 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 attendees will leave with a systematic way to assess, document and treat the movement challenges that arise from the lack of effective sensory motor integration.


Who Should Attend?

This workshop is suitable for allied health professionals. The Building Blocks for Sensory Integration Workshop will be of interest to

  • Occupational Therapists
  • Clinicians interested in furthering their professional development in sensory processing difficulties.

The information in this course can also be useful for teachers. Teachers will need to adapt it to their setting.

This course is geared towards therapists. Should parents wish to attend it would be best if they attend with their child’s therapist.

Paraprofessionals such as healthcare assistants, can attend if they are also working with an occupational therapist who understands the concepts and supervises them (ie they are not the ones who are designing treatment, eg the Occupational Therapist designs the treatment and supervises the paraprofessional)

Workshop Ticket Prices

  • Online Discounted Fee: €335 (an additional shipping charge for the workshop pack will apply to anyone living outside of Ireland)
  • Places on this workshop are LIMITED so please book early to secure your ticket.


Online Workshop Agenda

Day One: Thursday, November 11, 2021

12:00 – 1:00pm       Historical Perspective & Current Thinking Regarding Reflex Integration Programs
1:00 – 2:00pm        Primary Movement Patterns & their Relation to Sensory Processing Integrative Dysfunction2:00 – 2:10 Short Break
2:10 – 3:25pm         Lab – Assessment & Treatment Activities
3:25 – 3:55pm        Extended Break
3:55 – 5:40pm        Primary Movement Patterns Related to Vestibular-Auditory Visual Function
5:40 – 6:00pm        Lab – Assessment & Treatment Activities
6:00pm                    End of Day One

Day Two: Friday, November 12, 2021

12:00 – 1:30pm       Primary Movement Patterns & their Relation to Tactile Proprioceptive Processing
1:30 – 1:40pm          Short Break
1:40 – 3:25pm         Primary Movement Patterns & their Relation to Posture and Balance
3:25 – 3:55pm         Extended Break
3:55 – 4:55pm         Lab – Assessment & Treatment Activities
4:55 – 5:30pm         Clinical Case Studies, Problem Solving, Questions
5:30 – 6:00pm        Test
6:00pm                     End of Course

Included In Your Ticket Price

  • Registration includes the Therapy Ball Trio Pack for each participant worth €35
  • Course Handouts
  • Attendance Certificate
  • World Class Quality Training with an internationally renowned Occupational Therapist from USA

Course Presenter

Sheila Frick, OTR/L is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist.  Since 1980, Sheila has taught internationally as a 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.

Hear from people who have taken the Building Blocks course


  • This course came highly recommended by a senior colleague. I lacked knowledge in SI and reflexes. Sheila was excellent. You can tell that she has an overwhelming amount of experience and knowledge on the topic of sensory integration and developmental reflexes. She directly relates the topics to practice. She doesn’t overwhelm the class. Her videos make things so much more concrete and easy to use in practice. ~BRIDGETTE
  • I took the course to learn more about reflex integration to use with the pediatric population I serve. Rated learning outcomes covered as “excellent.” Instructor was very knowledgable on the material covered. ~ALICIA
  • Great instructor, easy to follow. Really appreciated her willingness to answer questions as they came up during the session. Loved the videos of examples of practical applications/activities and discussion on how to modify them. ~ALLISON
  • Great explanation, use of videos for instruction in testing reflexes and for implementing treatment. Really appreciate the fact that a host was available for technical difficulties! ~BONNIE
  • Awesome job. Great examples shared and did a great job answering people’s questions but staying on topic. ~BROOKE
  • Presenter was very responsive to all participants feedback. The videos and slides were informative and relevant. ~BROOKE
  • Excellent organization of topics and presentation of activities. ~JACLYN
  • Very well prepared and she gave great practical examples and applications. ~JILL
  • Great preparation, great at integrating the questions from participants into the actual course content without getting too far off topic. Great at giving examples that helped me apply the knowledge to real-life clinical situations. I felt the clips chosen were great examples. ~KAREN