Sensory Integration in the Life Environment: An Advanced Treatment PracticumAvanti-Camp is a unique summer camp program for children created in 1989 by PatriciaWilbarger, MEd, OTR, FAOTA. The program combines an intensive sensory integrativetreatment approach with a rustic and challenging camp environment. The individualizedtreatment is guided by occupational therapists specializing in the use of neurobehavioraltheories and includes a broad range of activities planned for great fun as well as fortherapeutic benefit. This camp has been replicated in the St. Croix Valley area ofMinnesota/Wisconsin since 1986. This year’s camp is directed by Kris Worrell andEileen Richter. Eileen will also coordinate the practicum program with Julia Wilbarger,PhD, OT/L. Participants will also have training experiences facilitated by other experttherapists.Dates: Pre-camp: Thursday, June 30 to Saturday, July 2, 2011 Camp: Sunday, July 3 to Saturday, July 9, 2011Location: YMCA Camp Icaghowan, 899A 115th St, Amery, WI 54001Tuition: $1000, includes training, materials, and room & boardTherapists applying for this course must have studied sensory integration theory. It isadvantageous if the participant’s work experience has included testing and/or treatmentof sensory integrative dysfunction as well as other treatment approaches for children withsensory processing disorders.Therapists will be accepted on the basis of whether their background is sufficient tobenefit from this experience and if the setting can contribute to their intended goals.Applications will be processed in the order received (limited number accepted.)Therapists who are easily inconvenienced by living in a rustic environment, require a lotof privacy, need a lot of structure, or have difficulty adapting to the changing needs of agroup of creative professionals, should reconsider before applying. Adaptability isessential.Each practicum therapist must have professional liability insurance.
Practicum ProgramA limited number of occupational therapists will be accepted for this special practicumwith the Avanti staff involving the holistic treatment of children with sensory processingdisorders. The learning activities will include opportunities for both formal (lectures,approximately 15 to 20 hours) and practical experiences. Most of the children havenormal or above average intelligence, but experience difficulties with learning and/orbehavior. Practicum therapists will be able to work and live with the children and campstaff. Each practicum participant will be presented with opportunities to enhanceprofessional development and skills within the framework of the camp’s goals for thechildren.The children are assigned to cabins by age and gender. Cabin activities are coordinatedby a cabin therapist and two experienced YMCA camp counselors for each cabin. Thecounselors, wonderlab therapists, and cabin therapists collaborate to plan appropriateactivities for each child and ways to make the camping experience a positive andtherapeutic one.Camp activities begin each morning with a special individualized wake-up routine. Thecamp schedule focuses on structured activities at many different program areasinterspersed with unstructured activities.. Specific sensory integration therapy forindividual children will take place in therapy designed space (wonderlab), and wheneverpossible, in the outdoor environment. The therapy space is fully equipped withsuspended apparatus, mats and other therapy equipment. Other activities includeswimming, hiking, horseback riding, crafts, boating, self-expression, music, etc. Campstaff intercommunication is an integral part of the program and a variety of opportunitiesfor consultation, problem solving, treatment planning and so forth are built in to theprogram. Meals, rest periods and campfires are carefully structured to maximize thetherapeutic value for the children.Practicum therapists’ learning experiences will be facilitated by Eileen Richter, OTR,Julia Wilbarger, PhD, OT/L, and other therapists on staff to gain the most from thepracticum experience. Wonderlab therapists and other support staff are nationallyrecognized experts in various aspects of sensory integration treatment and otherneurobehavioral approaches. They will be able to share their special skills (i.e. oralsensorimotor and postural techniques, assessment, cranio-sacral therapy, listeningprograms, etc.) with practicum therapists on a day-to-day basis in conjunction withlectures. The actual “hands on” learning time and formal learning time together average12 hours per day.
Avanti-Camp Icaghowan Advanced Practicum ApplicationName Home PhoneHome Address City State/ZipPlace of EmploymentWork Address City State/ZipWork Phone E-mailProfessional Registration or Licensure No.Brief Job DescriptionWork Experience with Dates (you may include a resume for additional information)Education and DegreesProfessional Liability Insurance Carrier
Continuing Education (particularly in regard to Neurological and/or Developmental Principles) TITLE INSTRUCTOR DATE Reason for applying to this program: What do you hope to learn from this experience? State goals and use additional paper if necessary. Special interests and/or skills you might be able to contribute: Fee: $1000. A $200 deposit is required with this application. Make checks payable to Avanti OT Projects. The deposit will be returned if you are not accepted into the program or upon your cancellation no later than April 1, 2011. If you have questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send this completed application form to: Avanti OT Projects, c/o Kris Worrell, 2495 Maplewood Drive, Suite 313, Maplewood, MN 55109 Signature Date