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Pediatric SIG: Pediatric Trauma: Its Impact on Occupational Participation and Performance
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM CDT
Category: SIGS


6:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Check-in

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Presentation

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Learning Activity (Case Study)

Course Description: 

Participants will learn about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and how these can affect the health and well-being of persons across the lifespan. The course will begin with an overview of how ACEs can lead to toxic stress and complex trauma and the impact on childhood occupations. There will be a review of attachment and its role in the development of the sensory system and how disorganized attachment patterns can affect sensory motor development, perceptual motor development, and cognitive development. Key principles of neurodevelopment will be discussed as well as a brief introduction to neurochemistry and neurobiology and the role of each in childhood trauma. Information on the stress response system will be provided and its relation to dysregulation in sensory processing skills. Occupational therapy domains and process will be highlighted as it pertains to pediatric trauma evaluation and treatment planning. An emphasis will be placed on trauma-informed care using evidenced-based interventions that are client-centered. Application to clinical practice will be demonstrated through a learning activity utilizing a case study.

Speaker Bio: 

Amy Noble, MS, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist working in early intervention at Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS).  She currently serves as an implementation team member for the primary service provider model and the evidence-based quality intervention practices for parent coaching.  Prior to working for MPS, Amy served children in California working as an independent contractor for Harbor Regional Center.  This afforded her the opportunity to serve children and families in a multicultural and diverse socioeconomic environment in Los Angeles County.  In addition to working as an early interventionist, she served as an intake team member for the program and was the point person for tracking global development for hundreds of children in the program.  Through these experiences she noticed the impact of childhood trauma on occupational participation and performance.  As a result, she is currently pursuing her post-professional doctorate of occupational therapy at the University of South Dakota and is developing a graduate level course on pediatric trauma.  Her expected graduation is May 2020.  Amy is also a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force as an air traffic control officer.


1. Summarize the significance of childhood trauma on neurodevelopment and explain how it impacts typical childhood occupations

2. Integrate the effects of childhood trauma on the stress response and sensory processing systems and predict how this can impact occupational performance

3. Appraise childhood trauma using the occupational therapy domains and process to create a client-centered, trauma-informed plan of care

4. Develop and implement a treatment plan using evidenced-based interventions that are trauma-informed and client-centered

Target Audience: OTs, OTAs, Students

Practice Area: Pediatric

Course level: Introductory

Distance learning option:  MOTA will provide distance learning for this event.  You will be asked during registration if you would like to attend the event remotely. Registrants attending distance will receive Zoom link prior to the course from the MOTA email.  Please note:  Distance learning is NOT AOTA APP eligible and a post-test (80% accuracy) is required  prior to receiving course certificate with contact hours.

Event location: St. Catherine University - Whitby Hall, Jeanne D'Arc Auditorium

Organizer Contact Information: Stephanie de Sam Lazaro, OTD, OTR/L - [email protected] or 651-690-6622

Fee: MOTA members Free          Non-members $30.00 

Continuing Education Credits:  1.5 CEU

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This course fulfills the AOTA Classification Code for Continuing Education Activities: Category 1: Domain of OT





Contact: Stephanie de Sam Lazaro, OTD, OTR/L - [email protected]