2210 – Sensory Processing

Intermediate / Pool Workshop


Green Bay, WI / Saturday, March 14, 2020 – 1:00-5:00 pm – 4.0 credit hours

(Classroom: 1:00-3:00 pm / Indoor Pool: 3:00-5:00 pm)


Faculty: Rodna Bordner, MOT, OT/L, ATRIC



This workshop moves beyond identifying sensory systems and challenges us to create pool experiences that facilitate sensory processing and encourage active participation in a safe, supportive environment. The classroom portion will provide participants a quick review of sensory development, then explore how the senses interact and affect the development of motor skills, education, socialization and execution of functional tasks, as well as discovering how to incorporate locker room and deck activities into each session. At the pool, we share ideas and activities promoting sensory processing, review the appropriate use of aquatic techniques, games and music. Participants in this workshop will be ready to implement new ideas for clients and know how to engineer the environment to avoid unwanted behaviors.



1)  Identify 5-7 different sensory systems that affect the overall development of individuals.

2)  Recognize environmental sensory conditions that contribute to behavioral concerns.                  

3)  Relate functions of sensory processing and the effects on functional living.         

4)  Incorporate locker room and deck sensory activities into the aquatic plan.                              

5)  Actively participate in discussions and pool activities to discover how to incorporate games, music, and therapy techniques into sessions.


FACULTY:  Rodna Bordner, MOT, OT/L, has provided pediatric occupational therapy and pediatric community classes since 1993. She has worked in a school setting providing occupational therapy services, including aquatic OT. She has also worked as a clinical therapist in an outpatient rehab facility. In the therapy pool, she teaches community classes, including water exercise, baby and toddler classes, Ai Chi, sensory swim, low impact, and posture and balance. In 2002, she received the ATRI Tsunami Spirit Award for her work in the area of autism.