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


Monday, July 29, 2019
7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

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Course level: Introductory

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants, teachers

Domain: Performance Skills
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/Teacher Partnership: Effectively Supporting Students in Inclusive Environments

Featuring: Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Jacqueline Kelleher, MA, PhD

Monday, July 29, 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 listen to the expert authors of the Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment, as they discuss the 10 important steps occupational therapists should take to successfully collaborate with classroom teachers on implementation of sensory-based interventions and strategies in the school setting. In this talk, Heather and Jacqueline will expand on these steps, as well as inform the listener on how to implement best practice for effective inclusion of children with sensory processing challenges in the classroom and school environment. They will also discuss the challenges of obtaining resources to implement successful collaborations.

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

  1. Identify steps to building effective collaboration between occupational therapist and classroom teachers
  2. Identify key strategies to obtaining adequate resources for effective collaboration in the school setting
  3. State challenges or barriers to effective collaboration within a school system

About the Speakers: Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, PhD OTR/L FAOTA, has practiced for over 25 years, specializing in autism and OT using sensory integrative intervention. Mrs. Kuhaneck is an editor / co-editor of three editions of Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, co-author of Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right and co-author of the Sensory Processing Measure, the Sensory Processing Measure- Preschool, and the Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment. She is the co-editor of the next edition of Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents.  She has written a variety of chapters and journal articles on intervention for children with autism, promoting family resilience, coping in mothers of children with ASD, and play in occupational therapy.   

Dr. Jacqueline Kelleher is the new State Director of Special Education for Vermont. Her passion includes disability rights, specially designed instruction, inclusive programming, collaboration, assessment, instructional design, education law, and teaching.  She has been Chair of the School of Education at Franklin Pierce University, on faculty at Sacred Heart University, education consultant for Connecticut State Department of Education, assessment coordinator and teacher educator for University of Connecticut, Director of Educational Content for Beginning with Children Foundation, and a learning specialist for Grades 7-12.  Additionally, with her partner Dan, Dr. Kelleher has raised four amazing children who experience disabilities and/or disorders, including identical twins with autism. They are her inspiration and led her down her pathway towards special education and preparing teachers to meet the needs of all learners. She is very interested in how teachers, staff, administrators, and families collaborate to meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities

    Subscriptions for the 2019 'Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness' LiveTalk Series are open!
    Subscribe now and receive all 10 of this year's LiveTalks for one low price! 

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    July 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.