Integrating Movement With Learning: Sensory Processing and Neuro-Do Martial Arts

Thursday, Feb 7, 2013, 7:00pm

Norwalk City Hall, Community Room

125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT

norwalkspedpartners.org

Free

Norwalk SPED Partners, SPED*NET Wilton, and the Wilton YMCA Present...

INTEGRATING MOVEMENT WITH LEARNING: SENSORY PROCESSING AND NEURON-DO® MARTIAL ARTS

How and why can movement improve learning? Terri R. Epstein, an occupational therapist with a specialty in sensory integration, will explain sensory processing and the importance of sensory regulation for learning. She will discuss and demonstrate techniques that help regulate a child physically. She will explain ways to incorporate the concept of a “sensory diet” throughout the day, at home and at school, to allow children to be more present and available for learning. Dr. Douglas DeMassa will discuss how his brain-based martial art, Neuron-Do®, integrates physical movement with learning to help his students improve attention, endurance, short-term memory skills, impulse control, time-on-task, visual tracking, balance, coordination, and self-confidence.

Ms. Epstein, OTR/L, is the founder and owner of OT Works for Kids. She has 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist and was a clinical specialist in pediatrics at Norwalk Hospital. She is certified in the administration and interpretation of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests and is trained in the Listening Program and Handwriting Without Tears™. Ms. Epstein received her Bachelor Degree from the University of Hartford and a Post-Baccalaureate Degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinnipiac College. She has also received the Honorary Title of Clinical Associate from Boston University for her training as a Fieldwork Coordinator for many occupational therapy college interns.

Dr. DeMassa is a Doctor of Chiropractic, with a Bachelor's Degree in Sports Biology, a Master's Degree in Human Nutrition, and a post-doctoral qualification in the treatment of AD/HD, Learning Disabilities, and Behavioral Disorders. He is a Fourth Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and is the creator of Neuron-Do®, a brain-based martial art. Dr. DeMassa has been teaching martial arts for over 16 years. Dr. DeMassa is also an adjunct professor at the University of Bridgeport College of Chiropractic for Maternal and Child Health as well as a post-graduate instructor for the International Chiropractic Association Council on Pediatrics.

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