Professional Training

Exceptional Children's Center is committed to providing education and training to therapists and professionals working in the field of Pediatric Occupational and Speech-Language Therapy as well as other related fields. Please check back often for upcoming training courses and events.


TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training

Presenter: Autumn R. Henning MS, CCC-SLP, COM, IBCLC of Chrysalis Orofacial, LLC

*Update-Due to COVID-19 this class is being postponed*

Cost: $420- $980

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Description of Course : In this cutting edge continuing education course, participants will learn the E3 model of care for tethered oral tissues. This includes relevant background information on how tethered oral tissues affect oral function from birth to maturity. The course format includes lecture, video/photograph examples, case studies, pre and post assessment activities, demonstrations, and hands-on application of techniques in an interactive atmosphere where questions and discussion are welcomed. This course is a specialty training that is targeted for the oral function professional including Speech-Language Pathologists and Assistants, Occupational Therapists and Assistants, Orofacial Myofunctional Therapists, and Lactation Consultants and Counselors. However, this training is appropriate for other professionals including Pediatricians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses, Dental Hygienists, Dentists and Assistants, Dietitians, Physical Therapists and Assistants, Early Intervention Specialists, Osteopaths, Otolaryngologists, Chiropractors, Applied Behavior Analysts, and Psychologists to learn about tethered oral tissues and make appropriate referrals. Participants who complete the training in its entirety with optional listing on the Chrysalis Orofacial website as a “TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Trained” professional. Participants who complete the training in its entirety will be granted permission to use and display “TOTS: Tethered Oral Tissues Specialty Training” logo, as a designation to the public of their completion of the training.

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Beckman Oral Motor Assessment & Intervention

Presenter: Debra Beckman MS, CCC-SLP, President of Beckman & Associates, Inc.

September 11-12, 2020

Cost: Group and Individual Early Registration Rate (30 days in advance) $450 per person

Group Registration Rate (2 or more therapists registering from same facility) $475 per person

Standard Registration Rate (individual therapist registering less than 30 days in advance) $500

Description of Course : In this two day course (16 contact hours or 1.6 CEUs), participants will actively participate in hands-on practice for compensatory handling techniques for the following concerns: tonic bite, tonic bite on a utensil, slow oral transit, tongue thrust, cough, gag and vomit. The participants will complete an oral motor protocol with each other, analyze the results, and discuss data tracking. The participants will also complete hands-on practice for specific oral motor interventions to address the deficit areas discovered during baseline assessment.

Additional topics of discussion may include: goal writing, diet texture progression, tube to oral issues, adaptive mealtime utensils, oral hygiene issues, medication administration issues, oral function for individuals with trachs, facilitating improved articulation through oral motor techniques, research issues, videofluroscopy issues for motorically involved individuals, and additional topics of importance as determined by the participants. The information and techniques presented are inclusive, and should augment the skills and knowledge base of each participant.

Participants: Licensed speech pathologists and occupational therapists

Instructional Level: Intermediate - This program is offered for 1.6 CEUs (Intermediate level; Professional area, knowledge of oral structures, muscles, and innervations).

Course Objectives: Participants will:

  • Demonstrate assessment battery for determining oro-facial movement patterns using the Beckman protocol.
  • Demonstrate compensatory handling techniques.
  • Demonstrate oral motor interventions and treatment techniques.

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Integrating NDT, SI and Motor Learning Perspectives in Pediatrics

Presenter: Kim Westhoff  OTR/L, C/NDTOTR/L, C/NDT

October 2-3, 2020

Cost: $435

Description of Course : Do you ever wonder where to begin with your clients that have many needs? What is the leading area of concern? Why does it seem my treatments aren’t as effective as I anticipated? This workshop will enhance critical thinking skills and hands-on skills to facilitate therapists in using a problem-solving approach when treating children with complicated developmental challenges. Focus during the workshop will utilize critical thinking skills for evaluation and assessment from a neurodevelopmental, sensory and motor learning aspect.

Using this approach will assist therapists in setting realistic and measurable goals that will drive treatment sessions resulting in more effective intervention.

  This course meets the criteria for 13 contact hours (1.3 CEUs).
Approved provider of continuing education by the American Occupational Therapy Association #3043 for 13 contact hours (1.3 CEUs) - Intermediate level Occupational Therapy Process: Assessment, Intervention.
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.
NBCOT professional development provider-13 PDUs

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Exceptional Children's Center

7001 A Loisdale Road,

Springfield, VA 22150

Phone. 703-971-0602

Fax. 703-971-0606



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