Little Hands Pediatric Therapy presents

A Day of Learning with Cari Ebert

am: Autism Strategies and Neurodiversity Affirming Practices
pm: Making Sense of Sensory


Friday, October 6, 2023

Little Hands Pediatric Therapy
Conference Room, Main Level
21631 Ridgetop Circle, Sterling, VA 20166


8:00am-8:45am - Registration & light breakfast

8:45am-12:00pm - Autism Strategies and Neurodiversity Affirming Practices

12:00-12:45pm - Lunch (included with registration)

12:45pm-4:00pm - Making Sense of Sensory

Please join us for a day of learning with the nationally-renowned speaker, therapist and consultant, Cari Ebert, M.S., CCC-SLP. Cari is coming all the way from Missouri to share her evidence-based, clinically-important strategies with providers, educators and caregivers. She has a unique perspective in that she has a son with autism and apraxia. This allows her to see things not only as a professional, but also as a parent of a child with special needs. For more information on Cari, please visit:

Morning Session Description 

Autism Strategies and Neurodiversity Affirming Practices 


Course summary       

This course provides an overview of how to provide strengths-based, neurodiversity-affirming services to autistic children. The strategies and goals addressed in this course are not focused on establishing compliance or fixing deficits identified on standardized tests, but rather on supporting regulation, connection, and communication to help autistic children learn, grow and thrive as their authentic selves.

Learning outcomes  

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize strategies for providing strengths-based, neurodiversity affirming services to autistic children.
  2. Explain the racial and gender disparities in getting an autism diagnosis and in receiving autism services.   
  3. Describe the differences in how autistic children play, learn, communicate, acquire language and interact with others.


15 minutes:    Autism diagnostic criteria                            

90 minutes:    Reframing autism using neurodiversity affirming language

60 minutes:    Neurodiversity affirming therapy and educational services

15 minutes:    Discussion and Q/A


Afternoon Session Description 

Making Sense of Sensory


Course summary

This course provides an overview of the external and internal sensory systems along with observable characteristics of sensory dysregulation. Understanding that sensory input drives motor and behavioral output provides the foundation for this course. The way young children take in, process and respond to sensory information significantly affects the way they learn, develop and behave. While occupational therapists are the professionals who specialize in sensory integration therapy, this course is designed for all teachers, therapists and administrators to better understand how to support children with sensory differences.

Learning outcomes

As a result of this training, participants will be able to:

  1. List and describe the five external sensory systems and the three internal sensory systems.
  2. Explain how unmet sensory needs can contribute to challenging behaviors.
  3. Summarize how to create sensory-rich learning opportunities to support young children with sensory differences.


30 Minutes:    Understanding a child’s sensory profile

15 minutes:    Dysregulation

60 minutes:    The eight sensory systems

60 minutes:    Strategies for creating sensory rich learning environments 

15 minutes:    Discussion and Q/A


Registration (Hurry! We are filling up fast!) 

Registration $200/ person

Refund policy: Full refunds are available through August 31 minus a $25 cancellation fee.  From September 1 - 22 you may cancel for a 50% refund. No refunds will be available after September 22, however you may transfer your ticket to another person by emailing