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Kirsten DeBear: Learning and Growing Up

January 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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Learning and Growing Up: 10 Guiding Points

Kirsten DeBear, MSEd, OTR will give her popular three part lecture series on working with individuals with Down syndrome. Kirsten DeBear is an occupational therapist in private practice, with a masters degree in Parent infant Development from Bank Street College. She has been working with young disabled children for over 40 years.  This is required training for one-on-one literacy tutors.  Families and professionals welcome.

Over the first two lectures, she will cover the 10 guiding points within the context of working one on one with a child with Down syndrome.  The third will be a demonstration with one of our participants followed by a Q &A.

This talk will cover much of what was discussed in previous lectures but in a slightly different structure.

Past Lectures

Part 1: relationship based intervention

Effective learning experiences rely on the existence of a trusting relationship between student and teacher. The child must trust that the teacher is there to support his/her ability to interact and learn. The teacher’s presence must be pleasurable and facilitate a sense of confidence. Once there is a foundation of trust the child can begin to show curiosity and pleasure in learning.

This first workshop will show participants how to connect and create a partnership with a child so that a teaching relationship can develop. We will explore: joint attention, the role of shared affect, how relationship determines degree of motivation, the role of the teacher as executive in charge, and the importance of developing a sense of a confident self in the child and see how this must be a driving force.

Part 2: stages of literacy

The goal of the literacy program is to help children learn to read, but we must acknowledge the complexity of this task and the multiple steps it takes to get to be able to read a book.

This workshop will illustrate some of the stages which children have to master on the road to literacy. We will explore: the importance of shared attention, the ability to understand language, the ability to attend to visual activities and interpret visual symbols, and the ability to visualize. Hands on activities will help us appreciate the many skills children have to master.

Part 3: managing sessions

Behaviors can have a negative impact on classroom success and distract students from learning. How can parents, teachers, and others better manage behaviors at home, in the classroom, and in general.

This presentation will be a live OT session with one of our participants, where Kirsten will demonstrate various strategies, which help to get a child attentive, organized and motivated. Kirsten will highlight the main strategies for behavior management and the audience will have a chance to join the conversation.


GiGi’s Playhouse New York – Harlem
106 W. 117th St.
New York City, NY 10026 United States
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January 9, 2017
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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