Motor Matters! Evidence-based Interventions for Children and Youth with Autism | Bucks County

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Early Bird - Group: Motor Matters! Bucks Countyshow details + $189.00 (USD)   Sold Out
Early Bird - Individual: Motor Matters! Bucks Countyshow details + $209.00 (USD)   Sold Out
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  • Motor Matters! Bucks County
    April 5, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm

with Karen Tartick, PT

Seats are limited due to the interactive nature of the course. Register early to secure one and save!

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“Excellent presentation of EBP evaluation and treatment tools. Well-organized. Knowledgeable. Presented great treatment ideas. Thank you!” – PT with 37 years experience

“I like that the course provided real experience and offered insight which was practical & useful.” – OT with 2 years experience

“Perfect blend or evidence and practice. Extremely well-balanced use of personal experience to support actual practice.” – PT with 40+ years experience

“Her experience as a mother of a son with autism made the course genuinely informative and interesting. It was inspiring to hear perspective of a skilled professional who also happens to be a parent of a child with autism.” – OT with 2 years experience

“Very organized, easy to follow, looking forward to accessing her toolkit [online]” – PT with 35 years experience


Autism is a whole-body condition! While sensory challenges have long been recognized, current research sheds light to the presence and impact of fine and gross motor difficulties in children and youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). OTs and PTs can make a difference!

Motor Matters! will discuss the movement challenges faced by children and youth with ASD, and how an interdisciplinary collaborative approach can result in increased participation and occupational performance in meaningful activities in schools, homes, and communities. Karen will describe the brain characteristics of children with ASD as they relate to motor abilities. Participants will learn the fine and gross motor delays in individuals with ASD, and their effects on participation and occupational performance in activities of daily living, recreation, and social activities, as well as the relationship between sensory processing and motor skills.

With a focus on evidence-based practices, participants will be involved in hands-on activities. They will explore tools to assess the fine and gross motor needs of children and youth with ASD, and the use of appropriate modification. They will learn to incorporate research-based interventions to improve functional motor outcomes, address sensory regulation, and increase levels of social participation. Case studies of children with ASD (from those requiring minimal support, to those requiring substantial support) will highlight the application of the knowledge gained through this presentation into practice.

Finally, attendees will understand the perspective of a parent as it relates to experience with motor learning, inclusion and participation, as well as selection of goals and intervention strategies. As a parent of a son with autism, Karen is acutely aware of the challenges families face in dealing with the chronic stress of having a child with a disability, and how collaboration with medical and educational teams can be very rewarding, though also frustrating at times. In addition to developing better empathy for families, attendees will learn to collaborate and establish a family-centered care approach.



At the completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. List 3 motor deficits common in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  2. Demonstrate the use of 2 visual supports when assessing motor skills of children with ASD
  3. List 3 evidence-based interventions from current research on children with ASD.
  4. Given a case study, design a motor program for a child with ASD that includes 3 evidence-based interventions


OTs, PTs, COTAs and PTAs, as well as other healthcare professionals and educators addressing the motor needs of children and youth with ASD


AM Session

  • Motor Deficits in Individuals with Austism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
    • Prevalence of ASD
    • Brain Differences in Individuals with ASD
    • Motor Deficits
    • Role of Occupational and Physical Therapy
  • Assessing Motor Needs of Children with ASD
    • Goal of Assessment of Motor Skills of Children with ASD
    • Participation/Occupation Level Tests
    • Activity, Body Function and Structure, and Occupational Performance Level Tests
    • Utilizing Visuals in Administration of Assessment Tools
  • Sensory Processing and Motor Skills
    • Relationship Between Sensory Processing and Motor Skills
    • Assessment Tools
    • Effectiveness of Sensory-based Interventions

PM Session

  • Support for Motor Interventions
    • Verbal Instruction and Demonstration
    • Visual and Communication Supports
  • Motor Interventions
    • Physical Activity and Executive Function
    • Structured Play Group
    • Peer-Mediated Interventions
    • Effect of Exercise on Repetitive and Restrictive Behavior
    • Evidence-based Exercise Programs for Children with ASD
  • Case Studies
    • Assessment
    • Goal Writing
    • Intervention Planning


This course qualifies for the equivalent of 6 hours of training. 

  • Delaware: OTs, PTs, COTAs and PTAs will receive 6 CE hours
  • Maryland PT:  Approved by MBPTE for 0.6 CEUs
  • New York: PTs and PTAs will receive 7.2 contact hours; OTs and COTAs will receive 6 contact hours.
  • New Jersey: Approved for 6.0 credits for PTs & PTAs (Approval #1802-3). Note that there is no CEU approval process for OT/COTA.
  • Pennsylvania: OTs, PTs, COTAs & PTAs will receive 6 CE credits as per PA OT Board Regulations § 42.54(c)(8)
    and PA PT Board Laws & Regulations § 40.67 (d)(1)(i)(H)
  • NBCOT: You can use the certificate of completion handed at the end of the course and this brochure when submitting for NBCOT certification renewal.

If you would like to obtain CEUs for another state, please email


Early Bird – Group: $189 – save $50 if 3 or more from the same organization, community group/network or study group register by March 6, 2019. Register together or separately, indicating at least 2 of your co-therapists who are also registering.

Early Bird – Individual: $209 – save $30 by registering by March 6, 2019

Full Price: $239 – available starting March 7 – March 30, 2019


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Registrants may cancel up to 14 days prior to the course for a refund minus a $75 administration fee. There will be no refund for canceling less than 14 days prior to the course. Substitution is allowed with an email notification to  ApplyEBP reserves the right to cancel a course up to 21 days prior to the course due to insufficient registration, with a full refund to registrants. Please do not  arrange non-refundable travel arrangements until 20 days prior to the course, as ApplyEBP is not responsible for such expenses.

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