Visual-spatial processing has a dynamic role in the integration of multiple developmental pathways including movement, navigation, perception, sensation, and body scheme formation. It is a force in the organization of symbolization, regulation, emotions, directional language, interpersonal distance, the construction of knowledge and a sense of agency and security.

This conference is an in-depth examination of this overlooked and under-addressed dimension of development in concept, implication and application to practice across disciplines. It is an opportunity to understand various visual-spatial and movement strengths and challenges that are often missed. Learn practical strategies to apply in the home, clinic, and classroom.

This conference will “open your eyes” to the mind’s inner world of visual-spatial knowledge with our  renowned interdisciplinary experts, featuring Temple Grandin, illustrating how you too can add this dimension to your intervention goals. 


A warm welcome to our 2023 Winter Conference on visual-spatial processing.

Visual-spatial development occupies multiple areas of the brain and intersects the pathways of all sensory and motor processing as well as emotional and cognitive functions. This conference will help you think more broadly about this important and often overlooked domain:  what these challenges look like, how visual-spatial capacities develop, how they work in parallel with the functional emotional developmental capacities, and what their intersecting pathways are. We will examine the impact of visual-spatial experience and processing on all developmental areas, as DIR therapists of different disciplines illustrate how emotions can be used to harness each child’s capacities to think and resolve visual-spatial challenges.  This conference will “open your eyes” to the mind’s inner world of visual-spatial knowledge with our  renowned interdisciplinary experts, featuring Temple Grandin, illustrating how you too can add this dimension to your intervention goals. 

Serena Wieder, PhD, Conference Chair; Gilbert M. Foley, EdD, IMH-E, Conference Co-chair

Carrie Alvarado, PhD, OTR; Cortney Grove, MA, CCC-SLP; Mehrnaz Green, OD, FCOVD; Maureen Karwowski, OTR/L; Bari Keller, PsyD; Karen McDowell; Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH; Traci; Swink, MD; Rosemary White, OTR/L


Recordings will be available to registrants post-conference for 30 days.

CEs are available when attending live.  See the conference brochure for complete information. Fees are included with registration. Full-day attendance is required.

CA Regional Center Registrations |  Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center Vendor # PD2979 | Service Code 102U&C
Service Coordinators please use this form to register your clients. Click Here

Sliding Scale Registrations: Profectum is committed to providing equitable access to our conferences across a wide span of constituencies, including across our many international stakeholders and attendees. To remove barriers to attendance, we are pleased to offer a sliding scale of registration fees. The “Community Supported” fee is available for anyone with financial or other hardships. The “Standard” fee is the set cost. The “Pay It Forward” fee enables you to assist in covering costs for others. There are no separate forms or processes; each registrant should choose the amount they are comfortable paying, and register at that price.

Student and Parent Rates: Students and Parents pay $75 for both days.


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We welcome parents and professionals including: Physicians | Clinical Psychologists | Social Workers | Marriage and Family Therapists | Occupational Therapists | Occupational Therapy Assistants | Physical Therapists | Speech-language Pathologists | Developmental Optometrists | School Psychologists | Inclusion Specialists | Educators | Special Educators | Para-professionals | Early Interventionists | Music Therapists | Behavioral Specialists … and more


The Conference is approved for Continuing Education credits for Speech-language Therapy,
Occupational Therapy, Psychology, Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, and Marriage & Family Therapy.
Click here for complete details on CEs.
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Mental Health Continuing Education Credits sponsored by


DAY 1 – JANUARY 29, 2023

11:00-11:15 am
Welcome and A Mindful Moment

11:15 am-12:30 pm
Discovering a Child’s Visual Spatial Development in the DIR® Model: The hidden challenges and strengths that affect competence, self and agency

Serena Wieder, PhD

12:30-12:35 pm

12:35-1:20 pm
Vision is More Than 20/20

Mehrnaz Azimi Green, OD, FCOVD

1:20-2:00 pm
Broadening Perspectives to Optimize Development and Success in School Settings

Karen McDowell

2:00-2:30 pm
A Mindful Moment and Lunch

2:30-3:30 pm
Great Minds Are Not All the Same

Temple Grandin, PhD
Professor of Animal Science; Colorado State University

3:30-3:35 pm

3:35-5:15 pm
The Spectrum of Visual-Spatial Pathways Across Developmental Domains

Moderator: Cortney Grove, MA, CCC-SLP, I/ECMH-C
Panelists: Carrie Alvarado, PhD, OTR; Mona Delahooke, PhD; Gil Foley, EdD, IMH-E; Mehrnaz Azimi Green, OD, FCOVD; Cortney Grove, MA, CCC-SLP, I/ECMH-C; Karen McDowell; Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH; Suzi Tortora, ED.D., BC-DMT, CMA, LCAT, LMHC; Rosemary White, OTR/L; Serena Wieder, PhD

5:15 – 5:30 pm
Closing Remarks

DAY 2 – FEBRUARY 5, 2023

11:00 -11:15 am
Welcome and A Mindful Moment

11:15 am – 12:45 pm
Visual Anchors: An Occupational Therapist’s Journey Investigating and Integrating Developmental Pathways

Case Presenter: Stacy Rosello, MA, OTR/L

Discussants: Cindy Harrison, M.Sc., Reg. CASLPO and Alisa Vig, PhD

12:45-12:55 pm

12:55-1:15 pm
Passion Holds the Secret Path to Success

Brandon Harris

1:15-1:45 pm
Special Presentation

1:45 – 2:15 pm

2:15-3:45 pm
Masterclass Sessions: Developmental Pathways Through the Lens of Different Disciplines: Case Studies of Visual Spatial Integration

3:45-4:00 pm

4:00-5:30 pm
The same masterclass sessions from the 1st round will be presented during this 2nd round so that participants can choose 2 of the 15 offerings to attend.

5:30 – 5:35 pm
Closing Remarks


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