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Occupational Therapy’s Role in Supporting Children’s Grief: Tools, Sensory Strategies, and When to Refer
March 29, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
When children experience a stressful life event, their nervous systems can have difficulty regulating. Children exhibit grief reactions in various ways that may present similarly to sensory and emotional dysregulation. Occupational therapists can partner with families to provide a holistic mental health approach. This presentation will address the role and benefit of occupational therapy, mental health strategies that may help, and when to seek out occupational therapy services.
Target Audience: Counselors, Social workers, Bereavement support professionals
Instructional Level: Basic
Format: Live Interactive Webinar
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
- Participants will be able to describe occupational therapy and how it can benefit children experiencing grief
- Participants will be able to identify two occupational therapy mental health strategies/tools that can be utilized in a clinic or at home.
- Participants will be able to recognize when to refer a child experiencing grief to occupational therapy services.
Michelle Michaels is an occupational therapy doctoral student at Huntington University, who is completing her capstone experience project while collaborating with the National Alliance of Children’s Grief (NACG). She is extremely passionate about her project working with the NACG due to her personal experiences with childhood grief following the death of her mother. She also has ten years of experience working with children with and without disabilities as a care provider, direct support professional, and a personal paraprofessional aid. She gained occupational therapy clinical experience through her Level II Fieldwork placement at an outpatient pediatric clinic that utilized a sensory-based approach. Once she has passed the NBCOT exam following graduation in April, she plans to go into travel occupational therapy.
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