I “FEEL” the “NEED” to Move
How many times have you heard…”He can’t sit still and distracts the whole class”…”She screams all day”…”He bumps and hits his peers”? Focus, learning, and having socially appropriate behaviors are largely dependent upon one’s ability to integrate and organize information from our sensory systems. Unorganized sensory input and stress creates a “traffic jam” in our brain making it difficult to follow directions and learn! This presentation will shed some light on why some students NEED to move in order to learn. During this active presentation, strategies to participate in various sensory motor activities (Brain Gym, movement breaks, recess, physical education, and/or sensory-motor labs) will be demonstrated to help your students behave and learn optimally!
Leslye Barnes, Occupational Therapist
Leslye Barnes is a nationally certified occupational therapist with 32 years of experience. She received her Bachelor of Science in Allied Health at Northeast Louisiana University. She has worked in both medical and educational settings and currently is working for Morehouse Parish School System and Dan Wood Physical Therapy where she supervises two certified occupational therapy assistants. Leslye is currently serving as the director for Special Olympics and assistant director for the Regional Games Uniting Mind and Body Organization for Morehouse Parish athletes. She is on the Assistive Technology Team and oversees parish wide motor and sensory labs. Leslye has provided multiple training sessions locally and at the state level to administrators, teachers, paraprofessionals, and parents on brain based instruction and the importance of movement to enhance learning. She started her motor lab program when working in the Dallas/Fort Worth area 30 years ago and has implemented this program in Morehouse Parish for the past 22 years. Many parishes in Louisiana have sent multidisciplinary professionals to observe the motor and sensory labs in Morehouse Parish to use as a valuable tool for their students. In addition, the use of motor labs in Morehouse Parish have been spotlighted on KTVE news as being a great program for children with autism. Leslye is a firm believer in educating parents and educational professionals on brain based practices to make learning fun and productive!