Carol's interactive sessions focus on hands-on, body-on activities that help "out-of-sync" children with SPD and other developmental delays (as well as their typical friends and siblings) to develop and enhance sensory-motor skills. Activities emphasize social relationships, heavy work, body awareness, balance, rhythm and timing, visual-spatial and auditory-language processing, motor planning, crossing the midline, and calming down. Using simple equipment such as paper plates, plastic bottles, straws, and bicycle inner tubes, participants will review old-fashioned, three-dimensional ways to get kids moving and learning.
Carol Stock Kranowitz, M.A., observed many children with SPD and mild autism during her 25-year career as a preschool teacher. To help them become more competent in their work and play, she studied sensory processing and S.I. theory. She learned to help identify her young students' needs and to steer them into early intervention. Today, she speaks internationally about SPD's effect on children's learning and behavior and how families, teachers, therapists and other professionals can support children as they grow.
Books in her "Sync" series include, The Out-of-Sync Child, which has sold one million copies, The Out-of-Sync Child Has Fun, Growing an In-Sync Child, and The Out-of-Sync Child Grows Up: Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder in the Adolescent and Young Adult Years.
A graduate of Barnard College, Carol has a master's in Education & Human Development from The George Washington University. She is a board member of the STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder. She lives in Maryland, plays the cello, and dotes on five sensational grandchildren.
Virginia Spielmann is a well-travelled speaker, coach and educator on topics including sensory integration, DIR/FloortimeTM, child development and infant mental health. She has conducted trainings in Kenya, Australia, the Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong, and the USA and leads workshops at international conferences.
Virginia is a founder and former Clinical Director of SPOT (Speech, Physical, and Occupational Therapy) Interdisciplinary Children's Therapy Center in Hong Kong, where she led a large and widely respected inter-disciplinary team.
Virginia obtained her BSc in Occupational Therapy in Oxford England (2002) and is a registered Occupational Therapist in Hong Kong. She is part of the Interdisciplinary Council for Development and Learning (ICDL) and
has earned a position as a Training Leader and Expert DIR/Floortime provider and parent coach. Her extensive pediatric experience includes children on the autism spectrum, as well as those with Sensory Processing Disorder, infant mental health issues, children from adopted families and those who have experienced developmental trauma.
Virginia has considerable post-graduate training, she is certified on the SIPT and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Infant and Early Childhood Development with an emphasis on mental health, with Fielding Graduate University, in Santa Barbara. She is also attending Mount Mary University to receive her MS in OT, which will make her eligible for the US Occupational Therapy registration exam. Upon receiving her national certification Virginia will become licensed in Colorado.
John Wilson, DPT, MA, CSCS, earned his Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Loma Linda University in 1998. He has been an exercise physiologist for the past 15 years, earning a Master's degree in Applied Exercise Physiology from San Diego State University in 1993. John completed his Advanced Post Professional Clinical Doctorate of Physical Therapy program at Western University of Health Sciences in 2005. Dr. Wilson also is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Early in his career John focused on outpatient orthopedics and performance training. He spent two years as a research assistant at The Kasch Exercise Physiology Laboratory conducting performance testing/training of professional athletes (including the San Diego Chargers of the NFL) and exercise prescription of seniors in a community wellness program.
His research at the lab with cyclists was subsequently published entitled Thermoregulatory Effects of Cycling in a Hyperconvective Environment. Though still active working with athletes, Johns emphasis the past decade has focused on geriatric orthopedics. Working with geriatrics in the LTC/SNF and outpatient setting has been rewarding. John spent 2005-06 providing internal geriatric strength training courses nationally and was co-author of orthopedic training manuals for a national provider of skilled therapy.
His current working environment is as an Outcomes Manager for a large medical system. He utilizes outcomes research, evidence-based practice and professional experience to ensure efficient and effective outcomes for rehabilitation patients. Utilizing dynamic movement analyses, progressive resistive strength training, manual therapy and prescribed corrective exercises; Dr. Wilson has brought his performance approach to the geriatric population.