Using Sensory Strategies/Accommodations to Improve Classroom Participation – OT

Mark Strait

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Course Number: AOTA131- DLAOTA131/1812
Course Credits: 0.525 CEUs (5 hours and 15 minutes)

Educational staff in schools support students to ensure the best possible educational outcomes. Sensory processing difficulties can impact a child’s ability to learn and participate in their educational environment. This training will utilize a strengths-based approach and evidence-based practice to identify school-based assessment and intervention to identify and address underlying performance deficits impacting educational outcomes. Attendees will learn to utilize school-based assessment in order to determine appropriate accommodations to the educational environment and activities which will improve the student’s ability to participate in academic, nonacademic, technological and pre-vocational educational activities in their educational environment.

Instructor Information

Linda Okonsky

Linda Okonsky, MS, OTR/L is a Regional Director of Occupational Therapy Services for EBS Healthcare, Inc. She provides therapist support and mentoring, supervision of OTAs and assists in the design of trainings for continued competence and best practice strategies for school-based therapists. Linda has been practicing OT for more than 19 years, working with children in the clinic and school settings. She is an adjunct professor for the OTD program at Widener University.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Linda Okonsky has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Linda Okonsky has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Kimberly Duetsch

Kimberly Duetsch, OTD, OTR/L, is a school-based occupational therapy and therapy lead at EBS Healthcare, where she is responsible for supporting and mentoring OTs, SLPs, PTs, social workers, and behavior therapists in the school setting and collaborating with special education administrators. She also assists with creating and supporting RTI initiatives with occupational therapists in the school setting. Additionally, Kimberly has traveled with EBS United in their cultural immersion trip to Mexico. She recently became an ImPACT Trained Occupational Therapist for multidisciplinary concussion management.

Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Kimberly Duetsch has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Non-Financial Disclosure: Kimberly Duetsch has no other non-financial information to disclose.

Learner Objectives

By the conclusion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify student strengths and challenges regarding their occupational roles in the educational environment
  2. Determine ways in which sensory-based strategies/accommodations can be utilized to improve independent participation in the educational curriculum
  3. Explain how to use EBP and data collection to determine the efficacy and impact of intervention


  • 0:00 AM–0:45 AM: Student Occupational Roles in the Educational Environment
  • 0:45 AM–1:30 AM: Sensory Challenges that Often Impact Participation in the School Environment
  • 1:30 AM–1:45 AM: Break
  • 1:45 AM–3:00 PM: Assessment to Determine Strengths and Challenges of the Student
  • 3:00 PM–3:45 PM: Observation of the Student Presenting with Sensory Challenges
  • 3:45 PM–4:15 PM: Examples of Sensory Break Areas and other Sensory-based Strategies/Accommodations in the Educational Environment
  • 4:15 PM–4:45 PM: EBP: Using Data to Drive Our Decisions/Determine Efficacy
  • 4:45 PM–5:00 PM: Case Studies / Action Plan; Q and A / Course Evaluation