Our primary work at Successful Learning Educational Services is serving students with dyslexia. However, some students have challenges beyond their primary disability, issues which even further impact their ability to learn. These can include conditions such as ADHD, anxiety disorders, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. We’ve also found that several of our students struggle due to sensory integration difficulties, or may need additional occupational therapy support.
While SLES staff is already very knowledgeable in these areas, we also believe that a broad-based, continuing education for all our staff is vital to providing the best service to our clients. To support this, we invite top learning and education professionals to provide staff training, and on January 9th of this year we were pleased to have with us Sharron Donnelly (MS, OTR/L), co-founder and owner of Advanced Pediatric Therapies, to help deepen our understanding of the intersecting of these issues, and to further explore potential remedies.
Sharron has her Master’s degree in occupational therapy from Washington University in St. Louis, and has extensive training in many areas related to pediatric occupational therapy and child development. She spoke at length about sensory integration and learning, took our questions during the course of over an hour, and gave an insightful presentation and clear directive as to how staff can best support students with sensory integration disorders.
We appreciate and were truly informed and inspired by Ms. Donnelly’s efforts, are poised to implement the techniques that were shared during this valuable training, and look forward to partnering with APD when our students need that extra support.
Thank you, Sharron, and APD!