DOT(WA) holds meetings and local PD info sessions every second month from 6:30pm until about 8:30pm. We are currently using Zoom for all meetings as our regular meeting ‘venue’.
The professional development will start at 6:30 and will be followed directly by the meeting at about 7:30/8. Please remember to bring along a ‘Good, Bad or Ugly resource’ that you have found to share during the meeting.
To dial in through Zoom, please follow the following steps.
1. Prior to the meeting, download Zoom onto your phone, tablet or computer. The free Zoom
app is available from the App Store or Google play, or you can find it here: https://zoom.us/download.
2. 5 minutes before the meeting, click the link provided (see below or in the newsletter).
3. Check your video audio by clicking ‘Settings’ at the bottom left of the screen. Enable audio and video, but ensure your microphone is on mute.
4. If you wish to ask a question, make a comment etc during the meeting, don’t forget to unmute yourself.
5. To finish the meeting or disconnect, click ‘Leave meeting’ at the bottom right corner of the screen.
Zoom Considerations to ensure the meeting runs as smoothly as possible.
1. Ensure your microphone is on mute, if you have a question, unmute yourself.
2. Look at your video image and ensure it is clear and not distracting. Avoid lights behind you as these cause a lot of glare, and if there are going to be lots of movement behind you (children, people walking around, traffic etc), please turn your video off. Equally if you are eating, moving around etc, please turn your video off.
3. If you have connection issues, consider how many devices are using the internet connection and if some can be disconnected/not used. Alternatively consider using your mobile data. Turning your video off and closing unused tabs or apps can help with poor connection.
4. Try to stay focused and avoid multitasking- pretend you are in the same room as the presenter.
5. There is a significant lag between when you speak and when the person hears you. If you wish to ask a question, get the presenters attention by saying ‘I have a question’ and wait until they acknowledge, you can also raise your hand to get visual attention too. When you are done, acknowledge that you are finished by saying ‘Thank you’, ‘I’m done’ etc.
6. Try to have only one person talking at one time, and speak clearly and slowly.
Upcoming Bi-Monthly PD
Date: Monday, February 26, 2024
Topic: All About Emotions: A neurodiverse-affirming approach to
supporting children to develop emotional regulation skills
Presenter: Bella Martini and Tash O’Connor
Bella and Tash are two Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapists who are devoted to creating resources that promote readiness skills in the area of social emotional learning. They are passionate about creating inclusive resources that are neurodiverse-affirming, in order to help all children learn and grow in a way that best suits them. This presentation will cover a neurodiverse-affirming approach to understanding emotional regulation for the children you are supporting. The presentation will cover the developmental stages of emotional regulation, crucial steps before children can self-regulate their emotions, how to support children using neurodiverse-affirming practices and strategies. Bella and Tash pride themselves on moving away from the behavioural approaches to emotional regulation, and this presentation may help occupational therapists when educating parents, teachers and other therapists to consider what might be underlying emotional dysregulation, or other barriers to skill development.
If you have difficulty joining the meeting on the day and require support from the DOT(WA) Executive Committee, message/call Jacqui Hunt on 0407 834 097.