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Closing the Gap: Advocating for Brain-Based Learning

presented by Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP and Nicole M. Sergent, MPT

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Financial: Nicole M. Sergent and Lacy Morise receive compensation from MedBridge for this course. They are also co-creators of 123 Play with Me child development resource cards and owners of Milestones & Miracles

Non-Financial: No relevant non-financial relationship exists.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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The brain and its coordination with the body is a major player in how a young child learns. Despite the medical research that proves this fact, American children are often taught with strategies that do not take this into consideration. The result is a generation of children who are over-stressed, anxious, unhealthy, and ill prepared to succeed in future endeavors. As therapists, we can support parents and educators in closing the gap between what our children need to learn and the most effective ways to teach them, incorporating their physical, social, and emotional needs. At the same time, based on this research, we can strengthen the quality of our own therapy intervention. In this lecture, participants will obtain a thorough understanding of how brain based, movement, and sensory-rich learning affects positive outcomes for children. Research and theory will be shared.

Meet Your Instructors

Lacy D. Morise, MS, CCC-SLP

Lacy Morise is a pediatric speech-language pathologist working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Lacy is an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth to Three program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3 and their families. The combination of skilled rehabilitation with the educational component of coaching families on shaping their children's development,…

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Nicole M. Sergent, MPT

Nicole Sergent is a pediatric physical therapist living and working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. With more than 20 years of experience working with children in a variety of settings, Nicole currently works primarily as an independent contractor for the West Virginia Birth to Three program (early intervention) working with children aged 0-3…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. The State of Education

This chapter will give background information that sets the stage for this lecture focusing on life for a typical American student and factors that influence their education.

2. The World at a Glance

Exposure to how other countries tackle universal challenges within education and diverse viewpoints towards educational models can enhance therapists’ ability to support school staff. In this chapter we will look at how the United States compares to other countries in terms of approach and education and associated success.

3. Factors That Influence Learning: What can't be changed

There are several factors that educators and therapists are unable to directly change yet they still have a strong influence on how a child learns. In this chapter we will explore those factors and learn what we should consider when applying them to daily practice.

4. Factors That Influence Learning: What CAN be changed

This chapter will cover brain-based facts that affect learning that therapists and educators have the opportunity to change through purposeful and research-based intervention.

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