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


Monday, November 18, 2019
7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

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Course level: Introductory

Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants

Domain: Activity Demands
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:

OT and Behavioral Optometry: Working Together

Featuring: Robyn Carreras, MS, OTR/L and Celia Hinrichs,  OD, FCOVD

Monday, November 18, 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.


Occupational therapists whose clients have challenging ocular motor skills can sometimes benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach. However, they can find it difficult to determine when to refer the children with these challenges for services with outside professionals, such as a behavioral optometrist. This talk will illustrate how occupational therapists and behavioral optometrists can work together to meet the goals of their clients to best address ocular motor challenges. Case illustrations will be used to highlight strategies for building a successful, collaborative, working relationship. Come listen in on a conversation between these two professionals as they discuss the “how” and “why” they collaborate for more successful outcomes for these challenging clients. 

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

  1. Identify key steps to determining when a collaboration with an optometrist is recommended
  2. Identify key strategies to use in collaboration with optometrists to foster common client goal achievement.
  3. Describe what a typical treatment plan may look like with a shared client.

About the Speakers: Robyn Carreras is a registered and licensed occupational therapist.  She earned her Master’s Degree from Boston University in 2009, thereafter immersing herself in pediatric practice at Boston Children’s Hospital and moving on to OTA the Koomar Center (previously OTA Watertown) to develop a special focus in sensory integration. As the daughter of an occupational therapist herself, Robyn has always felt an innate sense of purpose in helping people and empowering others to find and celebrate meaningful success in their lives. Robyn is known for captivating children with playfulness and is masterful in her therapeutic use of self. Robyn’s extensive experience in sensory integration includes direct evidence-based, client and family-centered therapy, groups, intensive intervention, mentoring, consultations, parent coaching, research, and lectures for both parents and professionals. Robyn’s training includes WPS Sensory Integration SIPT certification, Therapeutic Listening, iLS, craniosacral therapy, myofascial release, SOS Approach to Feeding, Therapressure Program for sensory defensiveness, reflex integration, visual-vestibular integration, and trauma informed care. Personal interests in yoga, mindfulness and meditation, and positive parenting also influence her therapy practice.

Dr. Celia Hinrichs has been working with children and adults with multiple issues, complicated strabismic patients, and head trauma patients for over thirty years.  She has taught at New England College of Optometry’s Specialty Clinic and in the classroom, managed a private practice in optometric vision rehabilitation, and held both teaching and staff optometry positions at the Perkins Low Vision Clinic.  For more than twenty years, she developed her own practice where she did optometric vision therapy every day.  From 1990-2017, Dr. Hinrichs was the staff optometrist for New England Center for Children, a school geared to children with significant behavioral difficulties and autism.  She was selected as Chair of the International Exam Board for College of Optometrists in Vision Development from 2008 to 2011 and won the President’s Award in 2011 for her work. She is excited to be back at NECO Specialty Clinic clinically teaching again.  Throughout her career, she has lectured, taught and written on the needs of patients with multiple issues, complicated strabismus and head trauma.  She continues to develop approaches to allow individuals in these special populations to use their visual skills more effectively in daily living and education.

    Subscriptions for the 2019 'Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness' LiveTalk Series are open!
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    November 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.
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