Effectively Treat Behavior in Children: Traumatic Brain Injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing, Cognitive Limitations, PTSD, and Other Challenges

August 26-27, 2017

More effectively treat children and adolescents with complex behavioral, sensory integration, TBI, Autism Spectrum (DSM-V-TR associated diagnoses), cognitive limitations, PTSD, and other developmental challenges using a new approach synthesizing behavioral, sensory integration, handling, mindfulness, activity, music, and developmental strategies. This hands-on lab course emphasizes practical evidence-based techniques integrating Positive Behavioral Support, Mindfulness, Therapeutic Movement, NDT, Neuropsychology, Sensory Integration, and sensory massage.

Participants are armed with ready-to-go techniques and consulting skills to help children who have behavioral problems, developmental disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorders, trauma histories, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and major psychiatric illnesses. All participants receive reproducible copies of the recently published FAB Activity Strategies, Pressure Touch Program, Environmental Adaptations, Triggers & Coping Forms, and Oral Sensory Strategies and will learn to use them to develop individualized activity, environmental adaptation, and intervention strategies for home and school use. Emphasis will be placed on implementing new transdisciplinary interventions and advancing your consultation skills with educators, parents, mental health therapists, physicians, and fellow therapists. This course is designed for occupational, speech, physical, and mental health therapists as well as special educators, psychiatrists, and other professionals seeking to improve functional outcomes with children 3 to 21 years old.

  • Assess and differentiate sensory integration and behavioral problems in infants, children, and adolescents.
  • Apply the assessment of sensory integration and behavioral problems to develop objective goals and apply appropriate intervention strategies (both contextual and direct) addressing each child’s individual behavioral and/or sensory integration challenges.
  • Train teachers and therapists to effectively combine practical sensory integration, mindfulness, trauma informed, and behavioral strategies.
  • Use the FAB Trigger and Coping Forms to identify the most problematic environmental and body triggers for each child and the most effective coping strategies to promote self-regulation.
  • Implement advanced strategies for managing sensory integration and behavior problems (e.g., inattention, interrupting, screaming, swearing, kicking, biting, and hitting) during individual and group treatment sessions.
  • Learn to quickly develop home programs using the included forms (FAB: Activity Strategies to Promote Self-control, Pressure Touch, Environmental Adaptation, and Oral Sensory Strategies) for follow-up intervention across the child’s school, OPD, hospital and home settings.

Texas Children's Hospital
Feigin Center
1102 Bates, 1st floor conference room
Houston, Texas 77030

Cost -  


Earned credits -  

13 contact hours or CCU’s through TPTA and TOTA


John Pagano, Ph.D., OTR/L presents workshops internationally for educators, allied health therapists, and mental health practitioners on improving self-regulation in youth with complex behavioral, developmental, cognitive, and sensory processing challenges. He has over 30 years experience as a pediatric occupational therapist working in NICU, birth-to-three, sensory integration clinic, pre-school, school, group home, and adolescent psychiatric hospital settings. Dr. Pagano is known for his humorous, interactive workshops teaching extensive practical interventions for children and young adults with Autism Spectrum and other complex behavioral and developmental challenges. Dr. Pagano holds a B. S. degree in Occupational Therapy, M. S. in Special Education, and Ph.D. in Human Development & Family Therapy. He is certified in Occupational Therapy, Neuro-Developmental (Bobath) Treatment, QST® Sensory Treatment for Autism, as well as an Instructor of Movement Based Learning® and Positive Behavioral Support. Dr. Pagano conducts clinical research and maintains a full time clinical occupational therapy practice specializing in children and adolescents with complex behavioral, Autism Spectrum, cognitive, and other developmental challenges. He is a member of the AOTA School Mental Health Working Group and publishes extensively on the practical clinical applications of transdisciplinary research.


Day 1

8:00-8:30 Registration/Continental Breakfast

8:30-9:00 The Child with Challenging Behavior

9:00-10:00 Mindfulness, Movement, and Music Breaks

10:00-10:15 Break

10:15-12:00 Assessing Sensory Processing and Behavioral Challenges 12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:45 Art, Music, Puppets and Therapeutic Movement Strategies to Promote Self-Control

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:30 Advance Behavioral Strategies Creative Evidence Based Approaches to improve self-control, self regulation, awareness and attention 

Day 2

8:00-8:30 Continental Breakfast

8:30-10:00 Treatment LAB: Pressure Touch, Handling and Movement Strategy Approaches to add to your toolbox for addressing resistant behavior, inattention, anxiety, withdrawal, as well as social and cognitive limitations.


10:15-12:00Treatment LAB: Activity Strategies to Improve Self-control 12:00-1:00 Lunch (on your own)

1:00-2:00 Groups, Environmental, School and Home Interventions

2:00-3:00 Training and Consulting with Parents, Educators and Mental Health Therapists

3:00-3:15 Break

 3:15-4:30 Practicum: Developing Individualized Goals and Interventions. What is Realistic?


Wyndham Medical Center
6800 Main
Houston, Texas 77030

Nightly rate: $105.00 (price varies based on room availability)


Contact: Jade LeBeauf


Angela Dumas