Balance, Bags, and Balls


Saturday October 22, 2016
Contact Hours: 5.5
INOTA Approval as Certified Provider
IL EI Approval:   1.0 Assessment, 1.0 Intervention

Hampton Inn and Suites
8936 Calumet Ave
Munster, IN 46321

Hotel Phone 219-836-5555

OT, PT, ST, DT, behavior specialists, parents, caregivers, daycare workers, and all other early intervention providers.


8:00-8:30 Registration
8:30-10:00 Introduction to using bags and balls

Planes of movement that support balance

What is Brain Gym®?

Activities to support midline organization and self-regulation

10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 What is Bal-A-Vis-X®?

Playing with bags

10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-12:00 Peabody Developmental Motor Scale II Object Manipulation Sub-Test
Playing with balls
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:30 Testing and working with Vision
2:30-2:45 Break
2:45-3:30 The Dominance Factor as a way to understand how individuals process information

Closure activity as a group


Seminar Description
This course will explore the importance of coordinated movements, self-regulation and object manipulation for brain-body integration using balls and bean bags which are used in childhood games and even into adult life with professional baseball, tennis, football, etc. Games are won based on skill, precision, balance, and timing, along with behavioral factors such as focus, cooperation, planning, and responding (feed forward and feedback). The Peabody Developmental Motor Scale II Object Manipulation Sub-Test (an evaluation test used by many pediatric therapists) is dedicated to ball skills. This course is based on sensory processing principles related to the vestibular, proprioceptive, auditory and visual processing along with two programs that have had a great influence in my work with children and adults who have an array of physical and cognitive challenges in a variety of settings, Bal-A-Vis-X® (balance, auditory, visual exercises) and Brain Gym® Concepts. Participants will leave this course with a bundle activity ideas to use the next day at school, home or in treatment session with individuals or groups, from early intervention (toddlers) to preschoolers to senior citizens.

Course Objectives
Participants will:

  • Identify of how using balls and bean bags can be used as a therapeutic tool
  • Have a basic skill set to start using with bags and balls as a therapeutic tool
  • Have an understanding of how bag and ball skills impacts motor development and learning
  • Identify how using bag and ball skills impacts self-regulation and social skills


About the Speaker:

Nikki Rosen, MA, OTR/L has been a Pediatric Occupational Therapist for over 30 years with a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked in schools, home health care, and private practice, integrating movement and sensory integration principles within a variety of settings. She is past clinical director and co-founder of the Abilities Center in West Bloomfield, Michigan (A Therapeutic Center for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities). Nikki is certified in the Feldenkrais Method, Infant Massage, Sensory Integration and Praxis Testing, Pediatric Neuro Developmental Treatment; and is currently working towards certification in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Bowen Work. She has studied in depth Bal-A-Vis-X, Sensory Integration, Reflex Integration, Yoga, and Brain Gym. Nikki’s mentoring and personal commitment to her peers earned her the 1996 Distinguished Service Award from the Detroit Occupational Therapy Association. On a personal level, Nikki is a sibling and a mother of an individual with Cerebral Palsy, deepening her awareness of the challenges both individuals and families face.


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