November 11, 2017 and November 12, 2017 

S.P.O.T.S. (Special Programs in Occupational Therapy Services) invites you to attend our 2nd annual conference, hosted at the Quad Preparatory School, 25 Pine Street, 4th floor, NY, NY 10005.

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(How Differences in Our Sensory Systems Impact Perceptions)

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the upcoming conference on November 11 and 12, 2017. The conference is organized by the team at S.P.O.T.S. and offered to teachers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, learning specialists, and related professionals.


We are excited to welcome again Kim Barthel, BMR, OTR, as our primary speaker. Kim is an internationally known expert on the impact of trauma on children’s learning and behavior. She is known as a “solver of unique mental health mysteries.” In addition, Kim explains trauma as more than a one-time event. She defines trauma in terms of emotional challenges, small daily failures, and diminished capacity to enter and sustain relationships and effort. Kim imparts her neuroscience knowledge to add a more thorough dimension to our understanding of a child’s capacity to achieve success in learning and relationships.

Dr. Andrea P. Thau, O.D., will join us on Sunday to offer understanding of the visual skills needed for school readiness as well as school and social success. She will explain terms for visual function and the development of visual skills in children. She has expertise in how poor visual development relates to problem behaviors that often mimic executive functioning disorders. Dr. Thau has served as the President of the American Optometric Association Board of Trustees.  Andrea is the owner of a private practice in Manhattan as well as a sought after international lecturer.

Kim and Andrea are scholars and practitioners from diverse professions who make learning exciting and fun as well as provoke us to rethink old concepts.

Conference Objective: The major objective of this mini-conference is to assemble professionals who work with children and learn together!

Some of the topics covered will be:

  • How vision and the vestibular system are connected to anxiety, which leads to ritualistic or obsessive compulsive behaviors.
  • How vision development can go awry and result in inattentive behavior, poor postural organization, and maladaptive behaviors in learning environments and the school classroom.
  • How to identify vision functions and understand the impact of problems on learning.
  • Understand strategies and remediation that can be used in different learning settings.
  • The relevance of eye-contact on a child’s social learning and academic success.
  • A wonderful learning adventure for all of us.

Conference registration forms will be available by Sept 7, 2017. The cost of this conference will be $425. Early bird registration is available if you register by October 9, 2017 for $395.

For further information, please email:

Registration form:  Do You See What I See registration form

Brochure: Do You See What I See Brochure