Workshops & Events

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Miriam Manela’s popular workshops for educators and healthcare professionals include:

Behavioral Workshop For Educators OTThrive (Behavioral and Psycho-Social Challenges in the Classroom: Strategies and Solutions for Educators)

Staff Development Workshop: Enhance Learning;

Staff Development Workshop: Is It Behavioral?

There are other workshops and programs available. Miriam also creates customized workshop for your school or program needs.

To schedule a workshop or talk with Miriam Manela for your school, program, or organization, please email at miriam@otthrive.com or call (917) 573-5540.


The following lectures and workshops were presented by Miriam Manela, OTR. Awards and other events are also listed.

May 2017

  • “Strategies and Tools for Teachers to Improve Gross and Fine Motor Development in the Classroom” (Workshop) presented at an Early Headstart program (Brooklyn, NY).

April 2017

  • “Breakfast for Families” (Guest speaker), an event for families and caregivers of individuals with Autism. Presented at Kean University (Union, NJ).
  • “Becoming a Behavior Detective” (Guest Lecture) for OT Students at Kean University (Union, NJ).

January 2017

  • “An In-Depth View of the Nervous System: Tools and Techniques” (Workshop) presented in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • “Attachment Theory and Its Impact on Emotional Regulation” (Workshop) presented in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • “Moro and Fear Paralysis Reflex Integration” (Workshop) presented in Jerusalem, Israel.
  • “Intro to Rhythmic Movements” (Workshop) presented in Ramat Bait Shemesh, Israel.
  • “Sensory Techniques to Help with Behavioral Issues in Children” (Workshop) presented in Ramat Bait Shemesh and Beitar, Israel.

November 2016

  • Social Emotional Strategies and Techniques for the Classroom” (Workshop) for the New York Board of Education (Queens, NY).
  • Classroom Strategies for Reaching Our Challenging Students” (Workshop) for Yeshiva Rabbi Samson Rephael Hirsch (Washington Heights, NYC).

October 2016

  • Sensory Integration Tips for Children with Behavioral Issues” (Workshop) for the New York Board of Education (Queens, NY).
  • An In Depth View of the Nervous System” (Workshop) for the New York Board of Education (Queens, NY).

September 2016

  • Relationships as a Foundation for Behavioral, and Social-Emotional Challenges in Children: Strategies and Solutions for Therapists, Educators and Psychologists” (Workshop) for Jewish Early Learning Center (Elizabeth, NJ).

August 2016

  • Shaping Your Student’s Behavior” (Workshop) for Pupa School (Williamsburg, NY)
  • Sensory Over-Responsive” (Workshop) for Chabad Early Learning Center (Morristown, NJ).
  • Child Development and Shaping Your Students Behavior” (Workshop) for Chabad Early Learning Center (Morristown, NJ).

June 2016

  • Working with Our Own Emotional and Physical Needs While Facing Parenting Challenges” (Part 4 of 4 Workshops) for parents (Brooklyn, NY).
  • Is It Sensory or Is It Behavioral? Activities and Pointers for Children Who Exhibit: Wild, Noisy, or Impulsive Behaviors” (Part 3 of 4 Workshops) for parents (Brooklyn, NY).
  • Is It Sensory or Is It Behavioral? Activities and Pointers for Children Who Exhibit: Tantrums, Anxiety, Over-Reactivity, Hypersensitivity, Picky, or Needy Behaviors” (Part 2 of 4 Workshops) for parents (Brooklyn, NY).
  • An In Depth View of the Nervous System, Becoming a Behavioral Detective” (Part 1 of 4 Workshops) for parents (Brooklyn, NY). 

May 2016

  • New Jersey Legislative/Regulative Key Issues for Occupational Therapy 2016” for MOTEC.

April 2016

  • Becoming a Behavior Detective” (Guest Lecture) for OT Students at Kean University (Union, NJ).

February 2016

  • Practical Ideas to Alleviate Stress in Children and Adults” for HASC Center at the Pearl River Hilton.

November 2015

  • Miriam Manela, OTR wins the 2015 top 5 most nominated kids’ docs in North Jersey in New Jersey Family magazine.
  • The Challenges Faced Daily” (Guest Lecture) for OT Students at Kean University (Union, NJ).
  • Behavior Support Training for Early Childhood Students“(Workshop) for the New York City Board of Education (Queens, NY).
  • Behaviors in the Therapist-Child Dance Part 2” (Workshop) for New York Therapy Placement Services (New York City, NY)

October 2015

  • Behavior Support Training for Early Childhood Students” (Workshop) for the New York City Board of Education (Queens, NY).
  • Behaviors in the Therapist-Child Dance Part 1” (Workshop) for New York Therapy Placement Services (New York City, NY).
  • Presented at New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference at Kean University (Hillside, NJ).

May 2015

  • Book Signing for Therapists at Therapeutic Services Class with Sally Goddard Blythe MSc. at Hotel Pennsylvania (New York City, NY).
  • Professional Learning Workshops for Assistant Principals Pupil Personnel Services + 1” for New York High School Principals, Assistant Principals, and Guidance Counselors (Queens, NY).
  • Presented at the Annual Joint Clinical Council Meeting for MOTEC  in NYC as the co-chair of legislation for the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association.

April 2015

  • The Challenges Faced Daily” (Guest Lecture) for OT Students at Kean University (Union, NJ).

February 2015

  • Shaping Your Child’s Behavior” (Staff Development Workshop) at Pupa Headstart (Brooklyn, NY).

January 2015

  • The Magic of Connection” (Staff Development Workshop) at The Clifton Cheder (Clifton, NJ).

November 2014

  • The Challenges Faced Daily” (Guest Lecture) for OT Students at Kean University (Union, NJ).
  • Miriam Manela, OTR launched her groundbreaking new book, The Parent-Child Dance, during the winter of 2014-2015.
  • Book Signing for Therapists at Therapeutic Services Class with Mary Massery, PT, DPT, DSc,  at Hotel Pennsylvania (New York City, NY).
  • Book Signing for Therapists at Therapeutic Services Class with Teresa A. May-Benson, ScD, OTR/L, FAOTA at Hotel Pennsylvania (New York City, NY).

September 2014

The Behavioral and Psycho-Social Challenges in the Classroom: Strategies and Solutions for Educators” workshop was conducted for over 200 special education and other teachers, reading and learning specialists, therapists, physicians, and administrators of HASC special needs programs including:

  • HASC Woodmere
  • HASC Remson
  • HASC 55th st Brooklyn
  • HASC 63rd st Brooklyn
  • HASC 59th st Brooklyn
  • HASC Rockland County
  • HASC Sullivan County

May 2014

  • Participated in a two-part interview on the Therapy Soup blog at PsychCentral.com. She discussed the relationship between psychology and occupational therapy and how OT can help children with emotional challenges, such as anxiety. Read the full interview here.

April 2014

  • Is It Behavioral?” (Guest Lecture) for OT Students at Kean University (Union, NJ).

January 2014

  • Is It Behavioral?” (Staff Development Workshop) at Clifton Cheder. (Clifton, NJ)

December 2013

  • Is It Behavioral?” (Guest Lecture) for OT Students at Kean University (Union, NJ)
  • Miriam Manela, OTR wins the 2013 WCBS-AM/Cancer Treatment Centers Women’s Achievement Award. Listen to the interview on WCBS-880 here.

October 2013

  • Miriam Manela, OTR was appointed by (AOTA) American Occupational Therapy Association as a Representative for New Jersey.
  • Conducted a workshop at the NJOTA Annual Conference (Mount Laurel, NJ).
  • Is It Behavioral?” (Staff Development Workshop) at Early Head Start (Brooklyn, NY).

September 2013

  • Conducted a workshop for OT Graduate Students on Pediatric Mental Health at Touro College (New York City, NY).

July 2013

  • Guest lecturer for a Pediatric Rehabilitation Seminar for OT Graduate Students at Touro College (New York City, NY).
  • Miriam Manela, OTR was appointed as legislative co-chair of the New Jersey Occupational Therapy Association (NJOTA).

May 2013

  • Is It Behavioral?” (Staff Development Workshop) at Yeshiva Head Start (Brooklyn, NY).

April 2013

  • Addressed Psycho-Social Issues and Challenging Behaviors in Pediatric Practice, PART II at Kean University (Union, NJ).

March 2013

  • Is It Behavioral?” (Staff Development Workshop) at New Hope School (Clifton, NJ).

December 2012

  • Addressed Psycho-Social Issues and Challenging Behaviors in Pediatric Practice, PART I at Kean University (Union, NJ).

November 2012

  • Lectured at Yeshiva Ketana (Passaic, NJ).
  • OT Specialty Areas” (Panel) at Kean University (Union, NJ).

January 2012

  • Conducted a guided support and therapy group for women.

For more information contact Miriam Manela, OTR/L.

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