Which students can thrive in school?

All of them.

From creating sensory-smart classrooms to helping build strong motor skills, our team of therapists and educators has the insight and hands-on expertise to help your school, facility, or district meet the needs of students with special needs.

Multiple formats to fit your schedule

multiple formats to fit your schedule

Site Based

We’ll send one of our experts to your school to lead a hands-on workshop.

Live Webinars

Join us for a live presentation that includes an opportunity to ask questions.

On Demand Webinars

Watch one of our recorded workshops online whenever it’s convenient for you. Learn More.

A small sampling of our site-based workshops

Here are just some of the professional development workshops we have available. Contact us to explore all the options or discuss a customized option for your school.

Sensory Solutions in the Classroom

Learn how to transform your classroom for success and get practical strategies for staying on task, transitioning, preventing meltdowns, and more. A favorite for teachers, therapists, and related service providers

Practical Inclusion Strategies

Learn specific strategies, principles, and options for setting up an inclusive classroom that will benefit students with special needs as well their general education peers. Ideal for special education and general education teachers

10 Terrific Tips to Build Strong Fine Motor Skills

Review the basic components of the senses – especially how vision, movement, touch, and body awareness form the foundation for all fine motor skills – in this fun, interactive training. Great for early childhood educators

This Chair Is Just Right! Understanding Sensory Processing as Part of Universal Design

Apply the basics of good sensory processing and learn how to transform each classroom for success using key design solutions and furniture/equipment selections. Perfect for architects and facilities planners

A Practical Approach to Multi-Sensory Environments (MSEs)

Get simple tips for setting up your room, keeping data, and training staff, and see examples of basic component pieces and how they work. Great for teachers, therapists and support staff

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From The Schoolyard Blog:

  • The Importance of Alternate Positioning for Children with Motor and Cognitive Impairments

    After decades of basic chalk and talk classrooms (desks in a row facing the chalkboard) new concepts like flexible seating options, collaborative learning spaces, and other concepts are being embraced as part of 21st century classrooms and schools. Read more about the health benefits of […]

  • Top OT Tips for Improving Fine Motor Skills

    Pediatric Occupational Therapists often support educators and parents in helping children with handwriting skills. Long before the student sits down at the desk to complete a writing assignment, there are building blocks that serve as a foundation for success: 5 Activities that Benefit Fine […]

  • Inclusion & Social Emotional Learning for Students with Special Needs

    Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is quickly becoming a cornerstone in the world of education, and the inclusion of those with special needs is becoming increasingly important. Central to SEL being effective is being able to apply it in a learning environment designed and equipped to create in […]

  • Creating a Sensory Space for Focused Studying

    Creating a space for students to truly focus without distraction is difficult, but there are tools and tips to use when trying to make a focus-oriented sensory space. Regardless of age and learning style, the calming effect of a well-planned focus space can make a positive impact on […]