The SpIRiT of Pediatric Therapy Summer 2023 Cohort
Sensory processing / Integration Reasoning interactive Tool
The SpIRiT© (Sensory processing/Integration Reasoning interactive Tool) is a mindful clinical reasoning tool for ensuring best practice in pediatric occupational therapy.
Clinical Reasoning for pediatric occupational therapists should be informed by many sources and levels of evidence, including the basic neuroscience, developmental theory, occupational therapy literature, and OT clinical practice. All provide rich sources of evidence and inspiration. However, combining all of these sources of information into a format useful for in the moment clinical use can be daunting. Hence, the necessity of a comprehensive clinical reasoning process, the SpIRiT©!
The SpIRiT© was originally devised for OT practitioners, but is generalizable for other disciplines. It offers a useful tool for clinicians, educators, and parents interested in how sensory, affective, and motor difficulties may be understood in terms of how they impact development; and, perhaps most importantly, how this understanding leads to comprehensive, efficacious intervention from an interpersonal neurobiological standpoint.
The SpIRiT introduces a clinical reasoning framework for combining sensory, affective, and motor (SAM) processing into a relationship-based, sensory integrative model of intervention. The SpIRiT© is an extension of the STEPSI© model, originated by Stackhouse, Wilbarger, and Trunnell in 1998, as the first fidelity to treatment model devised for sensory integration and pediatric occupational therapy. The SpIRiT© model draws from developmental science and current neuroscience to create an evidence-based model to guide clinicians in developing and monitoring efficacious intervention. It also encourages reflective clinical reasoning as a way of practice.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Define clinical reasoning and summarize why it is important in everyday practice
Identify the core underpinnings encompassed within the SpIRiT process and how the tool aligns with Ayres Sensory Integration.
State the components of SAM and how they are foundational to The SpIRiT
Identify the 5 neurodevelopmental domains addressed within the SpIRiT and how these domains guide selection and implementation of a range of treatment approaches.
Evaluate the effectiveness of a treatment plan and understand how to utilize the STEP2SI in order to generate a more comprehensive, individualized plan.
Utilize the SpIRiT and STEP2SI to create client profiles and organize treatment plans
A new model of The SpIRiT course
We believe when learning The SpIRiT© tool it can be incredibly helpful to do so in community. We have created the cohort version of the SpIRiT course to provide participants with an interactive learning opportunity that supports further integration and understanding of how to utilize this tool in everyday practice.
The course will focus on integrating sensory processing with motor and affective processing. It will also highlight the importance of reflective clinical reasoning as a way of practice. This online course will consist of pre-recorded videos, integration of knowledge activities, and resources to support learners as they embark on their learning journey in a guided pace.
In addition to the coursework outline above, there will be weekly, live virtual group meetings with Tracy and the cohort members. While not a requirement for course completion, attendance is highly encouraged. The cohort meetings will encompass a mixture of Q&A, reflective learning opportunities, and a deeper dive into course materials.
But Don't Take It From Us, Take A Look At What Others Have To Say:
"I sometimes get a little stuck in the beginning process of working out where to start with a kiddo but it was so helpful to really see the connections being drawn between the different domains and how interrelated it can be - that its more of a process and journey rather than seeking to have all the answers at once."
"Tracy, I love your brilliant mind! You make all of this seem so simple and so clear. I enjoyed the online course very much as I could take in a bit at a time & think it through myself. "
"I love how I can always find a few anecdotes, reminders and a more coherent explanations to what I often already do and maybe even know, though not as thoroughly, whenever I listen to you."
We are excited to have your group of learners join us!
We are eager to share our SpIRiT clinical reasoning tool with clinicians around the world. A course certificate is issued at the completion of the full course that may be used for professional continuing education depending on each country's own requirements. The course includes measurement of proficiency and completion standards to address professional continuing education requirements.
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Course Level: Intermediate -Advanced. There are no prerequisites for this course
Completion Requirements: Participants need to view all of the recorded videos and complete the Integration of Learning Activities in order to receive a certificate/ continuing education hours for this course.
ADA/Section 504: Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you require specific accommodations.
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Before You Begin Your Journey- Course Overview and Helpful Information
Copyright Guidelines and The SpIRiT- Please Read Prior To Downloading Provided Resources
The SpIRiT of Pediatric Occupational Therapy Handouts
SpIRiT of Pediatric Therapy Slide Handouts- Large Version
Materials to support you during the SpIRiT process
Chapter 1 Preview
Chapter 1: Introduction to Clinical Reasoning
Chapter 1: Integration of Knowledge
Chapter 1: Pause and Practice
Chapter 2 Preview
Chapter 2: Why the SpIRiT?
Chapter 2: Integration of Knowledge
Chapter 2: Pause and Practice
Chapter 3 Preview
Chapter 3: Getting into the SpIRiT
Chapter 3: Pause and Practice
Chapter 4 Preview
Chapter 4: Theory that grounds the SpIRiT
Chapter 4: Integration of Knowledge
Chapter 4: Pause and Practice
TQEs- Chapters 1-4
Chapter 5 Preview
Chapter 5: Treatment Planning and the SpIRiT- The STEPSI
Chapter 6 Preview
Chapter 6: Bridging into the domains of the SpIRiT
Chapter 6: Pause and Practice
TQEs Chapters 5-6
Chapter 7 Preview
Chapter 7: Domains of the SpIRiT- Posture/ Automatic Motor Control
Chapter 7: Integration of Knowledge
Chapter 7: Pause and Practice- Posture
TQE's Chapter 7
Chapter 8 Preview
Chapter 8:Domains of the SpIRiT- Sensory Discrimination
Chapter 8: Integration of Knowledge
TQEs Chapter 8
Chapter 9 Preview
Chapter 9 - Part 1
Chapter 9-Part 2
Chapter 9: Integration of Knowledge
Chapter 9: Pause and Practice
TQEs Chapter 9
Chapter 10 Preview
Chapter 10-Part 1
Chapter 10-Part 2
Chapter 10: Integration of Knowledge
Chapter 10: Pause and Practice
TQEs Chapter 10
Chapter 11 Preview
Chapter 11: Domains of the SpIRiT- Executive Functioning Capacities
Chapter 11: Integration of Knowledge
TQEs Chapter 11- EF
Chapter 12 Preview
Chapter 12: The STEPSI
Chapter 12: Pause and Practice
Chapter 13 Preview
Chapter 13: Part 1- Connecting the threads
Chapter 13: Part 2- A Case Study
Chapter 13: Pause and Practice
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