Hire us for Personalized Professional Development (details below)

Professional Development Opportunities

Meaningful Activities for Children with Complex Needs or on the Spectrum Webinar:

Join us, Julie Marzano, M.S., OTR/ L and Emily McCarthy, M.S., CCC-SLP, for a full day webinar.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Full-Day Webinar: 9:15am - 2:45pm EST Offering 4.5 credit hours (ASHA & AOTA approved)

Hosted By: "Hands on Approaches" Only 2% of students with IEP’s have a classification of multiple disabilities here in the United States.  This “low incident” population is often underserved in our community.  Related service providers, teachers, paraprofessionals and parents sometimes struggle with new, exciting ideas on how to meet the needs of these students. Let’s “think outside the box” with instruction and focus on what our students CAN DO! Learn how to use a strengths based approach to guide active AND meaningful participation for our students with multiple disabilities/complex needs. Attend and leave re-energized, creative and with activities that are cost effective.

Fine Motor Boot Camp: Building Play, Language, Cognition & Fine Motor Skills using Simple Everyday Materials Webinar:

Join us, Julie Marzano, M.S., OTR/ L and Emily McCarthy, M.S., CCC-SLP

On-Demand Webinar

Pre-recorded, 2.5 hour Webinar: Offering 2.5 credit hours (ASHA & AOTA approved)

Hosted By: "Hands on Approaches" Our course will provide background on the importance of play, language and fine motor development in early childhood. Building on the idea that children can learn, create and play with anything, we are empowering parents, therapists and educators to “think outside the box” and use readily available household items as intervention materials. Participants will learn how to differentiate activities to meet varying levels of cognitive, language and fine motor needs. Be prepared to leave ready to ditch the electronics and inspired to create and play!

Free Webinar: A Strengths-Based Approach to Autism:

Join our speaker, Occupational therapist,  and founder of Learn Play Thrive, Meg Proctor. 

Thursday, March 11, 2021

8:00pm - 9:00pm EST

Facebook Live via: Fine Motor Boot Camp

We'll go deep into the latest of what we know about how kids on the spectrum think and learn, dispelling old myths, zooming into areas that are often misunderstood, and focusing on strengths as well as possible challenges. Then, we'll explore the damaging effects of deficits-based approaches, and find out how these models may be penetrating our work more than we realize. And finally, we'll dive into how a strengths-based approach can transform our work and have a positive impact on the self-identity of our clients.

Free Webinar: Sensory -vs- Behavior Live Q & A:

Join speakers, Amy and Evelyn Guttmann, OTR/L, sister pediatric occupational therapists, practitioners and owners of Hands on Approaches as they answer guide us on the topic of: Sensory vs. Behavior asks the question: is any given behavior stemming from a sensory integration issue - or from behavioral difficulties?  

TBA - April, 2021

Facebook Live via: Fine Motor Boot Camp

Archived Webinars:

Free Webinar: Grant Writing:

Join speaker, Kelly Twichel, Occupational Therapist, CEO, Creator of "ACCESS TRAX"  and WINNER of the 2020 FedEx Small Business Grant

On Demand Webinar

1 hour 

Free Webinar: Trauma Informed Care: Understanding the Impact of Trauma on the Lives of Children 101:

Join speaker, Stephen Wagner, MSW, LCSW, RPT - Certified Clinical Trauma, Registered Play Therapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and founder of Bridge to Connection, LLC. 

On Demand Webinar

1 hour

Hire us for Professional Development

Emily & Julie, the co-creators, are available for professional development. Our trainings are NOT just about our program. We discuss the research and importance of play, language development, fine motor development, and interventions/ activities for building all areas of development in children. We also provide professional development specifically for staff working to assist individuals with complex needs.  

  • All trainings are customized to meet the needs of your facility.  Please contact us for rates.

What are people saying about our Professional Development?

"The presentation is fantastic!  Fast-paced and interesting, time really flies.  All of my teachers walked away with both new information/research as well as practical strategies they could use immediately.  I would love to have you back to work with our parents, too!" - Director of a 200+ based hospital childcare center

More references available upon request

For Who & Where Have We Presented?

  • Great Starts Delaware P-K-1st Stronger Together Conference: “Developmentally Appropriate Practice”
  • The New Jersey Council for Exceptional Children: “Bridging the Gap”
  • NJAEYC: "Promoting Quality Education in Early Childhood"
  • DEAYC: "Making a Difference Conference for Early Childhood Professionals"
  • 43rd Annual National Head Start Conference and Expo: “The Next Generation of Opportunity”
  • Los Ninos: "Young Child Expo" (3 years)
  • The Prentke-Romich Company Staff Development for Consultants
  • OSSSPEAC: "Capturing the Heart of Communication Conference" (2 years)
  • CTAEYC: "Pathways Conference"
  • Best Practices in School Based Occupational Therapy: Anaheim, California
  • Children's Literacy Initiative (CLI): Philadelphia, PA
  • Multiple Early Childhood Centers and School Districts throughout PA, NJ and DE
  • Hands on Approaches: Brooklyn, NY