Motor Matters! Evidence-based Interventions for Children and Youth with Autism | New York City

Event Phone: 646-269-9039

  • Motor Matters! Evidence-based Interventions for Children and Youth with Autism | NYC
    April 30, 2018
    8:30 am - 3:30 pm

with Karen Tartick, PT

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

Autism is a whole-body condition! While sensory problems have long been recognized, current research is now bringing prominence to the presence and impact of motor difficulties in children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Individuals with ASD often exhibit poor coordination, gross and fine motor delays, and present with differences in learning motor skills. These restrict their participation in recreational, social and leisure activities, negatively impacting physical activity levels and quality of life. In fact, individuals with ASD are 1.4 times more likely to be obese and lead more sedentary lifestyles. Physical and occupational therapists working in schools, clinics and homes 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 in meaningful activities in schools, homes, and communities. The presenter will break down the brain and motor learning differences in individuals with autism. With a focus on established evidence-based practices, participants will be involved in hands-on activities. They will explore tools to assess the motor needs of children and youth with ASD. They will learn to incorporate research-based interventions to improve functional motor outcomes. Case studies of children on both the higher and lower ends of the autism spectrum 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, the presenter 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 use collaboration tools to establish a family-centered care approach.

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This course is just the start of a shared learning experience with Apply EBP’s True Continuing Education Model! Every participant gets an exclusive membership to an online discussion group with the speaker, your co-participants, and other Apply EBP faculty members.


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

1.  Describe motor skill characteristics and motor learning patterns of children with ASD

2. Assess the motor skills of children with ASD using  standardized and non-standardized tools

3. Apply evidence-based practices in designing and implementing interventions to address the motor needs of children with ASD

4.  Utilize communication tools to enhance connection and collaboration with parents of children with ASD


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

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Motor Deficits in Individuals with ASD
  • Role of Occupational and Physical Therapy
    • School-based OT/PT
    • Home Care/Early Intervention OT/PT
    • Outpatient OT/PT
  • OT/PT Assessment
  • Clinical Reasoning
    • Determining Need & Dosage of OT/PT Services
    • Establishing Goals
    • Case Studies

PM Session

  • OT/PT Interventions
    • Motor Learning Principles for Children with ASD
    • Implicit vs. Explicit Motor Learning Approach
    • Evidence-based Practices for Interventions
  • Clinical Reasoning
    • Designing Interventions
    • Carryover in the Home & the Community
    • Case Studies
  • Parent’s Perspective (lecture & group activity)
    • Collaboration with Parents
    • Communication Tools


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

  • New York: PTs, PTAs, OTs & COTAs will receive 6 contact hours.
  • New Jersey: Apply EBP, LLC is currently applying for approval for 6.0 credits for PTs & PTAs. Note that there is no CEU approval process for OT/COTA.
  • Pennsylvania: PTs, PTAs, OTs & COTAs will receive 6 GEN credits.
  • Connecticut: Note that CT does not require pre-approval of continuing education courses. The content of this course qualifies as continuing education as per DPH OT and PT regulations.

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


January Launch Special: $189 – save $50 by registering by January 31, 2018.

Early Bird: $209 – save $30 by registering between February 1 – March 31, 2018

Full Price: $239 – available starting April 1-28, 2018


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Pay via Check: You will receive instructions to send check via mail within 7 days to be registered.


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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