Course #5 Childhood Function and Anxiety


Wednesday- March 8, 2017

Course #5 – Childhood Function and Anxiety: A Holistic Model of Function, Prevention and Intervention

by Bek Wiltbank, MOTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Consultant, Bothell, WA

About the Speaker

8Q1A0998Bek Wiltbank, MOTR/L is an Occupational Therapist who specializes in holistic pediatric therapy. She achieved her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Master of Occupational therapy, and has since been working in pediatrics in a variety of settings. She has worked in public schools, private schools, birth to three centers, outpatient therapy centers, and currently runs her own private practice providing structural therapy for babies and children. She also teaches live continuing education classes nationally, and online video classes for parents. Her passion is helping children find their strengths and joy through therapeutic play, sensory integration techniques, craniosacral therapy, and parent and teacher coaching. Her work in the school district environment has been focused on providing techniques and information for teachers to help all kids in their classrooms feel ready to learn and be successful. Bek has specific skills in teaming with teachers so they feel supported in teaching both kids with special needs and typically developing kids. Disclosure: Financial- Bek is in private practice and she receives consulting fees for her trainings and presentations. Nonfinancial – There are no nonfinancial relationships to disclose.

Target Audience (who should attend): General Education Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Resource Room Teachers, Title 1 Teachers, Reading Specialists, School Psychologists, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Principals/Administrators, Behavior Specialists, Autism Specialists, Case Managers, Social Workers, ELL Teachers, and Paraprofessionals and Instructional Assistants

Target Age Range: Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade

Course Description: Anxiety in our society is at an all time high. Epic numbers of children have childhoods that are interrupted by stress and worry. In turn, in our classrooms we have kids that have difficulty learning, behaving, and connecting with others. These issues go hand in hand, and we need to determine what is making childhood difficult for our children, how to help, and when to help. In this class we will discuss childhood anxiety and a holistic model to help determine child function, dysfunction, and potential interventions. We will discuss strategies for improving kids’ function in school, at home, and with their friends. It is our job to help children maintain joy, function, connection, and a sense of self, so that they can grow to happy, healthy adults. This class will help us in that goal.

What You Will Learn
Course Objectives– Participants will be able to:

  • Demonstrate how to determine the cause of increased anxiety and problem behaviors in children
  • Describe children’s developmental needs, and what happens when they are not met
  • Describe the 5 Areas of Function
  • Cite the effect of sensory processing on child function and developmental needs
  • Explain the available tools to teach children how to self-regulate and decrease anxiety
  • Cite the effect of mindfulness on self-regulation, anxiety and learning
  • Demonstrate useful movements and exercises for the classroom or home


8:00-9:00 Causes of increased anxiety and problem behaviors
9:00-10:00 Children’s developmental needs
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-11:00 Understanding and Identifying the function of behavior
11:00-12:00 Five areas of function; Sensory processing and child function
12:00-1:00 LUNCH- On Your Own
1:00-2:00 Sensory processing and child function (continued)
2:00-2:45 Mindfulness, self-regulation and managing anxiety
2:45-3:00 Break
3:00-4:00 Movement and exercises for the classroom and home
4:00 Complete program evaluations