Sensory and Brain-Based Learning in Schools

presented by Nicole Sergent & Lacy Morise

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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 review understanding of how brain based, movement, and sensory rich learning affects positive outcomes for children (shared in Part 1 of this lecture series) while taking away practical suggestions to support their communities with research proven tactics that enhance education and learning.

Meet Your Instructors

  • Nicole Sergent, MPT

    Nicole Sergent, MPT

    Nicole Sergent, MPT is a pediatric physical therapist living and working in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Nicole 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 child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Nicole's. Out of this passion, Nicole and colleague Lacy Morise, CCC-SLP formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Sergent and Morise provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development. Nicole also enjoys freelance writing on Milestones & Miracles' blog and for other publications that focus on child development.

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  • Lacy Morise, MS, CCC-SLP

    Lacy Morise, MS, CCC-SLP

    Lacy Morise, MS, CCC/SLP, 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 child's development, particularly through play, is a passion of Lacy's. Out of this passion, Lacy and colleague Nicole Sergent, MPT formed Milestones & Miracles, LLC and authored and produced 1-2-3 Just Play With Me, a developmental tool pairing development with play. The tool is being used by families and early educators/therapists. Morise and Sergent provide continuing education for those working with young children on the importance of play for the young child and its effect on early development.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Moving IS Learning - What we know and how we can use it!

    1. Moving IS Learning - What we know and how we can use it!

    Indisputable evidence exists to support the fact that moving in a classroom enhances learning. In this chapter we will explore this research and learn suggestions based on it to improve classroom experiences.

  2. Making SENSE of the Sensory System’s Role in Learning

    2. Making SENSE of the Sensory System’s Role in Learning

    A student’s ability to maintain a regulated sensory system is essential to successful learning. In this chapter we will explore how the sensory system works and how it affects the quality of learning and the presence of negative classroom behaviors.

  3. Developmental Influence

    3. Developmental Influence

    Additional factors affect a student’s ability to learn including internal, developmental experiences and external environmental factors in the classroom. Both will be explored in this chapter.

  4. Becoming Agents of Change

    4. Becoming Agents of Change

    Participants will be prepared and educated to support staff /educators and parents to advocate and educate how movement and sensory experiences can enhance learning at every age.