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Brain Breaks, Sensory Breaks, and Movement-Based Learning in the Classroom

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Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L


Brain Breaks, Sensory Breaks, and Movement-Based Learning in the Classroom

Brain breaks, sensory breaks, and movement-based learning: What’s the difference and how do we use these effectively in the classroom? Research shows that increasing movement in the classroom helps students do better academically and behaviorally by improving attention, on-task behavior, memory, social skills, and mood. But integrating movement into the classroom can be problematic. Issues frequently arise such as minimal follow-through by staff, students who seem more revved up after movement breaks, educational time constraints, and more. Join us for this 1- hour webinar that reviews the evidence supporting movement in the classroom; helps you distinguish the unique roles of brain breaks, sensory breaks, and movement-based learning opportunities; and tackles the obstacles currently preventing the effectiveness of each. Gwen includes over 100 activities you can implement in classrooms right away. A helpful resource list and printable activity handouts are included!

Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate the roles of break breaks, sensory breaks, and movement-based learning activities.
  2. State five evidence-based effects of increasing movement in the classroom.
  3. List at least five activity ideas for each: brain breaks, sensory breaks, and movement-based learning.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: introductory- to intermediate-level OTs and OTAs and other school-based professionals
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
  • Course Instructor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L
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  • CE Broker course code: 20-699610

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. Approved Provider #8215. This course is approved for 0.1 AOTA CEU or one contact hour under this Classification Code: Category 2, OT Process: Intervention. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorders. Gwen is the creator of BrainWorks sensory diet tools. Although selling the business in October 2020, she remains with Sensational Brain as the AOTA CE Administrator. She currently works as an Intensive Support Specialist for a large educational service agency. Gwen presents to audiences nationwide on topics related to sensory modulation and self-regulation. She lives in Galesburg, Michigan, with her husband and will soon have an empty nest as her three daughters venture out on their own. Learn more about Gwen’s mission and why she created BrainWorks on our About page. To view Gwen’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Gwen Wild receives compensation for her responsibilities as CE administrator for AOTA as well as speaking fees from Sensational Brain LLC. Gwen is co-author of Just Right! A Sensory Modulation Curriculum for K-5®.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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