Rachael Benson
Administrative Assistant
The Spiral Foundation
74 Bridge Street
Newton, MA 02458 
617-969-4410 ext. 231


Monday, September 23, 2019
7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

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Course level: Introductory

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, parents

Domain: Areas of Occupation
Process: Intervention

Contact hours: This course is worth total of 1.0 contact hours, or .1 AOTA CEUs.

Course Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the LiveTalk either live or as a recording, and complete the accompanying assessment.

ADA/Section 504:  If you require special accommodations, please contact us at the address above.

Continuing Education

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

2019 LiveTalk Series:

January 28: Collaboration in Diverse Cultural Settings: Navigating the OT “Expert” Role

February 11: OT and Psychology: The Relationship between Trauma, Attachment and Sensory Integration

March 4: OT and Speech and Language Pathologists: Working Together to Explore the Language of Sensory Integration

TBD: Clinical OT and School OT: Collaboration for Client Success in Varied Environments

TBD: OT and Early Intervention Team Collaboration: Finding Your Place on the Team

TBD: The OT/Teacher Partnership: Effectively Supporting Students in Inclusive Environments

TBD: The OT and Parent Partnership: Building a Foundation of Understanding

TBD: OT and the Dietician: Partnering for Healthy Relationships with Feeding Clients

TBD: Advocating for Sensory Friendly Community Partners

TBD: OT and Behavioral Optometrists: Insight into Integrating Vision in Sensory Integration

** dates subject to change **

Part of the 2019 'Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness' LiveTalk Series:

The OT and Parent Partnership: Building a Foundation of Understanding

Featuring: Wilma Dorman and Karen Misher

Monday, September 23, 2019
7:00pm - 8:00pm EST

With changes in healthcare, interdisciplinary collaborations are more important and often a regular part of Occupational Therapy practice in recent years. Occupational therapists working in the area of Sensory Integration frequently coordinate care or interface with a wide range of professionals in the course of providing services to their clients. Our 2019 Live Talk Series: Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness will explore the Who, What, Where, When, Why and How of navigating these partnerships with a wide range of professionals. 

This year’s LiveTalk series will present multiple occupational therapy professional partnerships to address various clients whose treatment needs cross disciplines. Our guests will include occupational therapists and their professional partners who will discuss strategies for making their partnerships work. Guests will use case studies to illustrate their partnerships’ successes and challenges.


Come meet this dynamic duo who forged a partnership through their mutual desire to increase the social competency of children with autism spectrum disorder and their success in challenging environments. Wilma Dorman, OTR/l, the co-author of the book Promoting Social Competency and Karen Misher, the founder of A Step Up Academy, a school for children with moderate autism spectrum disorder, developed a partnership while Wilma was treating Karen’s twin boys with ASD. Their story is an example of how an occupational therapist and parent can come together to collaborate and create a successful model for working as a team, together and with other professionals, to help support families and their children with ASD.  The two will discuss how they developed their team model and how they apply it at Karen’s school, A Step Up Academy.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this LiveTalk the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 key steps to building a relationship between occupational therapist and parent
  2. Identify 2 key strategies to use in collaboration with parent to foster common goal achievement using a team model.
  3. State 2 challenges or barriers to effective collaboration between parent and occupational therapists

About the Speakers: Wilma Dorman, OT/L past owner of OTR, Inc., a small pediatric occupational therapy practice with a focus on children and families with complex issues.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and has received the master clinician award from both the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association and Thomas Jefferson University School of Occupational Therapy.  She is a certified RDI consultant and her interventions include sensory integration, social competence groups, and parent coaching using RDI to assist families with children with autism spectrum disorder.  She specializes in interventions promoting the development of social competence using a small group format.  She is co-author of the book Promoting Social Competence with Dr. Gordon Williamson.

Karen Misher is a professor, artist, mother and advocate. Beginning her career in higher education in 1994, at what was then Beaver College, Karen now holds the rank of Associate Professor at Arcadia University and is an active member of the full-time members of the university community.  Her passion for the creative arts and education is surpassed only by her devotion to her twin sons. Diagnosed with autism at the age of two, Karen has dedicated herself to meeting the challenges that come with this complicated diagnosis. After years of managing therapy programs aimed at their development, Karen turned her energies to the complexities of education for special needs children. Surrounded by many experts in the field of autism treatment, Karen forged the creation of a new school for children on the autism spectrum. A Step Up Academy, located in Jenkintown PA, utilizes evidence-based practices in classroom theory, and bridges the social skills challenges for these children with integrative programming and community partnerships for meaningful inclusion opportunities.  

    Subscriptions for the 2019 'Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness' LiveTalk Series are open!
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    September LiveTalk: $25
    2019 Series: $188

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    Cancellation Policy: No refunds except in the event the course is cancelled by Spiral. Recorded downloads are available for those who miss the live event. Please see here, towards the bottom of the page, for the Spiral Foundation's complete policy regarding cancellations and refunds.
    For questions, contact us at or  617-969-4410 ext 231.