Linking Play to Function: Utilizing Neurodevelopmental and Sensory Integration Strategies to Facilitate Functional Skills Through Play

November 11-12, 2017

This workshop, developed and taught by Lezlie Adler, internationally renowned clinician and teacher, will focus on play as a vehicle for learning for children with developmental challenges. Current information on Neuro Developmental Treatment and Sensory Integration will provide the foundation for analyzing and applying play to assessment and intervention with children of all ages to attain functional skills.

  • Create developmentally appropriate play activities for children with neuro-motor, (oral motor, fine motor and gross motor) sensory, and developmental challenges as a preparation for functional tasks.
  • Analyze the essential elements of a functional skill, and identify playful interventions to facilitate specific goals in the areas of mobility, daily living skills, tool usage and oral motor function and respiration.
  • Identify and apply critical elements in the theoretical frameworks of NDT, SI, and Motor Learning that facilitate play and ultimately the acquisition of a functional skill in children.
  • Consider different methods for teaching, managing the environment, selecting equipment, and handling the child that will be playful and optimize function.

Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 14th floor, conference room D
Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

13 contact hours or CCU’s through TPTA and TOTA


Lezlie Adler, MA, OTR, FMOTA, C/NDT is an internationally recognized and respected clinician and consultant with extensive and broad experience in medical, educational and community based settings. As a pediatric occupational therapist in schools, hospitals, outpatient clinics, homes, community organization and nursing homes for children, she offers a unique approach which can be practically and successfully applied in all settings. She is an enthusiastic presenter who offers insightful information beneficial to the entire team. Since 1976 she has conducted over 300 seminars throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, North America, South America, Central America, Canada and the United American Emeritus on a large variety of topics related to children and families, bringing her energy and passion regarding therapeutic strategies and functional treatment.


Day 1

7:30-8:00 Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:00-12:00 Principles of Neuroplasticity and why Play is the Perfect Partner

• Creating a Multi-Theoretical Assessment

• The evolution of play, and how it leads to developmental competence, and skill

• Play or playfulness..... playing vs. treating

• Assessing Play Skills - Creating opportunities for play

• What does typical development and dynamic systems theory teach us about how children develop functional skills

• A model for assessing essential elements to gain specific functional skills

12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00-4:00 Matching play with function Critical elements in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Sensory Integration, and Motor Learning (Didactic laboratory experiences, video analysis, and critical thinking) Focus on Mobility, Daily Living Skills, Tool Usage, and Leisure Time Activities

Day 2

7:30-8:00 Continental Breakfast

8:00-3:00 Critical elements in Neurodevelopmental Treatment, Sensory Integration, and Motor Learning (Didactic laboratory experiences, video analysis, and critical thinking)

12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)

3:00-4:00 Therapeutic Strategies Using Play to Facilitate Function

• Use of Handling

• Use of Sensation

• Use of Self

• Management of the Environment

• Equipment Selection

• Practice Parameters


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

  • Nightly rate: $109.00 (price varies based on room availability)
  • Reservations or contact Jade LeBeauf at 713-577-1230

Angela Dumas