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Using Your Local Children’s Museum for Therapy

presented by Ingrid M. Kanics

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What better place to work on therapy goals than in a children’s museum? These great community assets are designed with child development in mind and are extremely motivating for all children regardless of their abilities. In this course we will explore how you can create a win-win partnership with your local children’s museum so that your clients can gain all the therapeutic benefits that come from engaging with you and other children a child-friendly, developmentally appropriate environment.

Meet Your Instructor

  • Ingrid M. Kanics, MOT, OTR/L, FAOTA

    Ingrid is an occupational therapist who strives to help communities create and run amazing places where people of all abilities can play together. This journey began when she acquired a spinal cord injury while in the U.S. Army, resulting in spinal surgery and 18 months of rehab. Despite her recovery, Ingrid still experiences deficits from her injury. To reduce fatigue, she alternates her mobility between walking and rolling (in a wheelchair). When walking, she depends upon her right side for sensory information, and upon her left side for stability. This daily mental dance, her bi-mobility and other experiences related to her injury deeply influence her work of helping communities expand their understanding of inclusion for all. Besides a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University, Ingrid has a Masters of Interior Architecture with an emphasis on inclusive, sustainable design from Chatham University. She owns her own consulting business, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC, focusing on the creation and operation of inclusive indoor and outdoor play spaces. Ingrid presents at local, state and national conferences on the topics of play, sensory processing and Universal Design.

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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  1. Why do Therapy at a Children’s Museum?

    1. Why do Therapy at a Children’s Museum?

    In this chapter, participants will explore how they can make their local children’s museum a great place to work on therapy goals for their clients.

  2. Early Intervention Experiences at the Children’s Museum

    2. Early Intervention Experiences at the Children’s Museum

    In this chapter, participants will explore using a children’s museum to support our youngest clients, those in early intervention.

  3. Working with School Aged Children at the Children’s Museum

    3. Working with School Aged Children at the Children’s Museum

    In this chapter, participants will explore using a children’s museum to support our school age children with assorted diagnoses.

  4. Children with Autism and the Children’s Museum

    4. Children with Autism and the Children’s Museum

    In this chapter, participants will explore how they can use a children’s museum specifically to support children on the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

  5. Therapy Groups at the Children’s Museum

    5. Therapy Groups at the Children’s Museum

    In this chapter, participants will look at working with the children’s museum to design groups that will benefit all children but especially those on their caseload.