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When: Thursday, June 8, 2017
8:00 AM
Where: Denver Marriott Tech Center
4900 S Syracuse St
Denver, Colorado  80237
United States
Contact: Caraly Walker
(303) 865-7637

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How can we develop more fun and functional parks and play spaces in our communities that enhance social interactions, engagement and enhance quality of life for all users? 

Attend the Play for ALL! workshop to learn from experts in Occupational Therapy, Landscape Architecture, Parks and Recreation and others involved with planning, designing and managing play environments how to develop more inclusive and functional play areas for users of ALL ages and ALL abilities.
This unique cross-discipline education workshop will share evidence-based learnings you can integrate into your practice. In addition attendees will learn how to build collaborative partnerships and build a plan of action to make a difference in their community.

Download a copy of the full course agenda here

Learning Objectives       

  • Identify key aspects to incorporate and measure during play experiences
  • Appreciate the role of play in improving quality of life for participants
  • Identify strategies to build interprofessional partnerships
  • Recognize community of practice as a social learning approach
  • Examine the intersection of design, function and occupation to support the needs of community members of all ages and abilities to find meaningful engagement
  • Explore how parks, schools, institutes, natural spaces, and residential settings all provide a range of opportunities for everyone to play


Lucy Jane Miller, PhD, OTR/L 
Dr. Miller is the founder of STAR Institute for Sensory Processing Disorder, formerly STAR Center and SPD Foundation. Dr. Miller brings a wealth of research and treatment experience to share with participants, having authored more than 75 articles and two books about SPD and sensory issues. Her nine norm-referenced scales include: Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, Japanese Miller Assessment for Preschoolers, First STEP, Primer Paso, Toddler and Infant Motor Evaluation, Leiter International Performance Scale-Revised, Stoelting-Brief Intelligence Scale, Short Sensory Profile, and Miller Function and Participation scale, the Goal-Oriented Assessment of Life-Skills and the Sensory Processing Three Dimensions (SP-3D). She has received the Award of Merit, the highest award given by the American Occupational Therapy Foundation, and the Martin Luther King Jr., Humanitarian Award by the State of Colorado.

Gregory Miller, PLA, FASLA

Greg is a principal landscape architect with MRWM Landscape Architects in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  His practice focuses primarily on parks, schools, and cultural landscapes.  His work on dozens of these facilities over two decades has given him a thorough understanding of the evolution of design.  He has worked extensively with the City of Albuquerque on the development and implication of design principles for comprehensive play environments.  These parks are leading a revolution in how public facilities provide recreation and therapy opportunities for diverse user groups.     


Sandra Schefkind, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Sandra is the Pediatric Program Manager in the Professional Affairs Division at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). Her responsibilities include: community and capacity building in relation to occupational therapy pediatric practice; representing AOTA with pertinent external organizations; and providing technical assistance. She  completed her clinical doctoral studies (OTD) at Thomas Jefferson University in September 2016  with a  focus on community of practice as a social learning approach.


Ingrid M. Kanics, OTR/L
Ingrid is an occupational therapist who strives to help communities create and run amazing places where people of all abilities can play together. This journey began when she acquired a spinal cord injury while in the U.S. Army, resulting in spinal surgery and 18 months of rehab. Despite her recovery, Ingrid still experiences deficits from her injury. To reduce fatigue, she alternates her mobility between walking and rolling (in a wheelchair). When walking, she depends upon her right side for sensory information, and upon her left side for stability. This daily mental dance, her bi-mobility and other experiences related to her injury deeply influence her work of helping communities expand their understanding of inclusion for all. Besides a Masters of Occupational Therapy from Duquesne University, Ingrid has a Masters of Interior Architecture with an emphasis on inclusive, sustainable design from Chatham University. She owns her own consulting business, Kanics Inclusive Design Services, LLC, focusing on the creation and operation of inclusive indoor and outdoor play spaces. Ingrid presents at local, state and national conferences on the topics of play, sensory processing and Universal Design.

John McConkey 
John serves as Market Research and Insights Manager at Landscape Structures.  He brings over 15 years of experience in the healthcare field, and offers a unique perspective on inclusion, health, fitness and children’s play on the playground. John researches and tracks societal and industry trends to help create innovative playground design solutions.  John develops and delivers IACET and LACES accredited continuing education programs throughout North America and internationally. The focus of his recent programs include playground universal design and inclusion, designing playgrounds to maximize physical activity, reconnecting children with nature, and environmentally sustainable playground design.


Who Should Attend

Occupational Therapists, COTAs, Landscape Architects, City Planners, Parks & Recreation professionals, play space designers, and school administrators

Continuing Education Units

This course is approved for up to .65 AOTA CEUs
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply
endorsement of specific course content,
products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

This course is approved for up to 6.5 HSW
PDHs through LA CES


This course is approved for up to .7 CEUs
through IACET



Student Tuition (does not include CEUs)          $60
Individual Tuition (does not include CEUs)       $95

Professional Tuition (includes CEUs)                $150


Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing no later than May 25, 2017 to receive a refund minus $25 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after May 25, 2017. Registrations may be substituted. Staff must be notified of substitutions at least 24 hours before the start of the event. In the event the program must be cancelled due to illness, fire, strikes, war, acts of God, terrorism or other causes that would prevent the event from taking place, STAR Institute will attempt to reschedule the event. If the event is unable to be rescheduled, STAR Institute will refund all tuition fees paid. Costs incurred for nonrefundable travel arrangements or other related individual expenses will not be refunded by STAR Institute.

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