Occupational Therapy Pediatric Summer Institute

See the Brochure for more information.

June 6 - 7, 2014
Saint Louis University

Two-Day Workshop on Developing Reading, Handwriting and Sensory Processing Skills in School-aged Children.
Earn up to 12 continuing competency credits

The Saint Louis University Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will offer a two-day workshop covering different aspects of children’s school participation: literacy development with emphasis on improving reading participation; best practices in handwriting skills development; and current research and techniques in sensory integration. Both workshops are offered by two of SLU OT’s master clinicians and educators certified in various techniques in pediatric practice.

The workshop will be held at Saint Louis University's Allied Health Building in Room 2030 from 9 am - 4 pm each Day

Occupational Therapy for Literacy Development Workshop
Level: Introductory

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe typical and atypical literacy development in school-aged children.
  2. Discuss current education and neuroscience research in children’s reading difficulties.
  3. Identify the role of occupational therapy to support literacy development of children with reading difficulties:
    1. Be familiar with most commonly used reading assessments and how to analyze reading assessment reports.
    2. Identify occupation-based assessments to evaluate reading participation.
    3. Develop skills in strategy-generation, adaptations, and accommodations to develop reading participation.

Sensory or Behavior?
Level: Introductory

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Review how the sensory systems affect development.
  • Summarize the characteristics of sensory processing disorder.
  • Explain ways in which sensory processing difficulties contribute to challenging behaviors.
  • Briefly describe the components of functional behavior analysis.
  • Explain how behavioral and sensory strategies can work together.
  • Review strategies and practical interventions to support children at home, school and in the community.
  • Discuss the latest research on the use of sensory interventions.

Fine Motor and Handwriting Skills
Level: Introductory

At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Review the components of hand skills.
  • Identify factors that contribute to hand skill development.
  • Describe factors contributing to handwriting readiness for young children.
  • Describe intervention strategies for assisting children in improving or compensating for problems with hand skills and written communication.
  • Examine different handwriting intervention programs.
  • Discuss research related to interventions for hand skill problems and handwriting.


Lenin Grajo, Saint Louis University, Occupational Science and Occupational TherapyLenin C. Grajo, EdM, OTR/L, OTRP
Assistant Professor
Mr. Grajo holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy degree from the University of the Philippines and a Master of Education degree with emphasis on children’s literacy development from Harvard University. He is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Occupational Therapy at Texas Woman’s University. Mr. Grajo has over 10 years of pediatric practice with the last 3 years specializing in children’s learning and literacy development. He has taught at the Department of Occupational Therapy in the University of the Philippines prior to his academic appointment at Saint Louis University. He is a certified therapist in the use of the Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach developed in Canada.

Katie Serfas, Saint Louis University, Occupational Science and Occupational TherapyKatie L. Serfas, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Dr. Serfas holds her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy and Doctor of Occupational Therapy, with an emphasis in pediatrics, from Creighton University. Her career emphasis has been with children from birth to elementary school-age for over 20 years in various settings. Dr. Serfas has taught at the University of Missouri and is currently Assistant Professor of Occupational Science & Occupational Therapy at Saint Louis University. She is SIPT certified.

Early Bird Registration
(on or before April 18, 2014):
Regular Registration
(after April 18, 2014):
One-day Workshop - $105
Two-Day Workshop - $155
One-day Workshop - $130
Two-Day Workshop - $180

Groups of 5 receive 10% discount. Must register as a group by fax or mail only.
*Light Refreshments will be served; lunch will not be provided.

Payment Methods

  1. Credit Card
    1. Online at SLUMarketplace.slu.edu.
      • Click Doisy-College Occupational Therapy.
      • Choose either:
        • “2014 Pediatric Summer Institute Early Registration” if registering on or before April 18; or “2014 Pediatric Summer Institute Regular Registration” if registering after April 18
      • Once in the Summer Institute Page, Click Add to Cart which will lead you to the Registration page.
    2. Fax the Registration Sheet to (314) 977-5414. Attn: Pam Camp
  2. Check
    Mail the Registration Form and Check to
    Saint Louis University
    Attn: Pam Camp
    OT Summer Institute
    3437 Caroline Mall, AHP 2020
    St. Louis, MO 63104

**The Saint Louis University Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy reserves the right to cancel or alter the workshops due to under-enrollment, facility or staffing concerns. In these cases, any fees paid will be returned in full.

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