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  • Herkimer ARC to host sensory stories workshop

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  • The Herkimer ARC will host Sensory Stories: Empowering Children for Participation in Daily Activities on Friday, Oct. 25, for teachers, professionals, parents and caregivers.
    The workshop will be free for participants and will take place in Herkimer County Community College’s Robert McLaughlin College Center, Reservoir Road, Herkimer.
    Sensory Stories teach children with over-responsive modulation to successfully engage in activities within the home, school and community, according to a news release. The workshop will address key elements of Sensory Stories and their use in improving children’s abilities to engage in daily activities. Course participants will learn to implement, customize and create Sensory Stories. The stories instruct the child to use calming sensory strategies in order to deal with unpleasant sensory aspects of the particular situation. When read on a regular basis, Sensory Stories assist the child in developing effective routines to manage the sensory experiences surrounding typical daily activities, according to the release.
    The workshop will be presented by Victoria Nackley, an assistant professor of occupational therapy at Utica College. She has been a pediatric occupational therapist for 30 plus years, specializing in sensory processing, motor learning, early intervention and handwriting. Nackley is also a co-author of Sensory Stories to teach participants with over-responsive sensory modulation to successful engage in activities within their homes, schools and the community.
    Registration is required by Friday, Oct. 18, by calling Colleen Gross, administrative services, at 574-7529 or emailing her cgross@herkimerarc.org.
    Questions regarding the workshop should be directed to Lisa Gifford, assistant director of clinical services, at 574-7826.
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