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WEBINAR: The Happ:y Mat, helping kids find balance and play
Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT
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The Happ:y Mat, helping kids find balance and play

Pediatric occupational therapy helps children develop the skills they need to gain independence by strengthening fine, sensory and visual motor skills.  There are about 31,000 occupational therapists who specialize in working with the pediatric community. The relationship that a therapist and their clients has is rooted in communication. Complex concepts presented by an occupational therapist are often hard to understand, especially for kids. This webinar will explore creative ways to address some of these basic communication challenges, potentially increase adherence to a home program and explore additional ways to simplify assessments.

Play is fundamental to learning. The Happ:y Mat is a new, innovative tool that inspires play, along with being a portable communication template. The Happ:y Mat concept was inspired by research done with the Deaf community. This tool originated in the world of yoga and has grown to be accessible to all forms of therapy. We will examine the multiple uses of this product and provide easy, yoga related idea to empower both you and your clients.

Learning Outcomes At the end of the session, participants will: § Understand what yoga is and what it is not § Identify some creative ways to bring yoga into your therapy sessions. § Explore some of the field-testing data related to using the Happ:y Mat. §Understand the benefits of using the Happ:y Mat for communication, assessment, a client’s adherence to a home program, home visits and telehealth.

Target Audience Anyone interested in exploring creative ways to include yoga and play into their therapy sessions by using these innovative tools for communication.

About the Presenter: Paul Mross lives in New Glarus with his wife and son. He is a certified yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200). He has been the project manager and yoga consultant for 4 research studies on Fall Prevention and Yoga with UW-Madison. He has two publications on his research projects. Paul has presented at multiple conferences, including Wisconsin Institute for Healthy Aging and  the International Association of Yoga Therapist. Paul is the designer of The Happ:y Mat, a portable template with visual cues that assist the therapist and client in basic mobility instruction. Paul is also the co-founder of a nonprofit called YAFA, Yoga Accessible for All, which is a coalition of yoga teachers, community partners and academia whose mission is to increase access to the benefits of yoga in under-served communities. 


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