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Kimberly Barthel, OTR/L, C/NDT

    Ms. Barthel integrates the science of occupational therapy and neurobiology with cutting edge practice to support the conscious evolution of the human spirit. With 30 years of experience in the field of occupational therapy, Ms. Barthel’s approach to serving clients is visionary and eclectic yet grounded and “doable” in daily life. She co-wrote Conversations With a Rattlesnake with NHL legend Theo Fleury. Ms. Barthel integrates her humor and insight with the science of occupational therapy and neurobiology.

    Becoming a Behavioral Detective

    Unyte Behavioral Detective Handouts

    There is always a reason for the behavior! This 90-minute presentation will provide an understanding of the integrated neurobiology of sensory processing and emotional/relational problems that result in “challenging behavior”. Participants will be invited to forever more become behavioral detectives, using clinical reasoning, to look deeper than the surface actions we observe. By seeking to understand why people do the things we do, from a myriad of perspectives, we allow compassion into the equation. This alone changes the brain – but this mindset of clinical curiosity supports treatment strategies at home, at school and in all levels of relationships.

    You will learn:

    • To identify and discern the neurobiology of challenging behavior
    • To differentiate between the sensory, emotional and cognitive components of behavior
    • To understand the integration between visual, vestibular and auditory contributions to learning and engagement
    • To adopt a mindset of curiosity which supports relationships in becoming more healthy, respectful and connected

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    Horslen, B. C., Dakin, C. J., Inglis, J. T., Blouin, J. S., & Carpenter, M. G. (2014). Modulation of human vestibular reflexes with increased postural threat. The Journal of physiology, 592(16), 3671-3685.

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