Considerations for School-Based OTs and PTs Conducting Teletherapy: A Response to COVID-19 – For IL/PA/HI PT/PTA

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Please note: This course is for Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii PT/PTA only. The Illinois Chapter Continuing Education Committee has certified that this course meets the criteria for approval of Continuing Education offerings established by The Illinois Physical Therapy Association.

Course Credits: 2.0 contact hours (0.2 CEUs)

Telehealth is an accepted service delivery model according to AOTA and APTA. The current pandemic has altered school-based service delivery. This webinar reviews the basics about technology, how to conduct therapy sessions, using a coaching model, ideas for session structure, and provides resources for OTs and PTs.

Instructor Information

Kristen Murphy
Kristen Murphy PT, DPT has been practicing physical therapy is various settings in the Chicagoland area for 16 years, including the school-based setting, home care, outpatient orthopedics, inpatient acute and rehab, and skilled nursing care. She joined EBS Healthcare in 2011 and currently is a supervisor for PT/OT school-based services in Southern Will County, Illinois. Kristen received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Illinois-Chicago. As an EBS employee, Kristen has assisted in developing programs and training EBS staff in foundational skills in the school-based setting, evidence-based practice for pediatric physical and occupational therapists, and ethics/jurisprudence considerations in the school-based therapy setting. She is a current regional PT director and assists with new EBS therapist mentoring. She is active in participation in continued learning with the Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy section of APTA.
Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Kristen has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Kristen has no other non-financial information to disclose.
Cynthia Haynes
Cynthia Haynes, MBA, OTD, OTR/L is an OT Director for EBS Healthcare and is responsible for developing post-professional trainings with emphasis on continued competence and best practice strategies for early intervention and school-based therapists. She has worked as a clinician and director in a variety of settings including schools, early intervention and community preschools, a regional pediatric hospital, a pediatric rehabilitation center, and outpatient clinics. She was an Associate Professor in the OT program at Philadelphia University, an adjunct professor for Thomas Jefferson University, and professor at Keiser University. She has co-authored peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and presents regularly at the local and national level. She is a trainer for the AOTA sponsored Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program.
Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Cynthia has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Cynthia has no other non-financial information to disclose.


Learner Objectives

Following instruction, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits and barriers of teletherapy in these changing times of COVID-19
  2. Figure out how to change your service delivery model and transition your school-based caseload to teletherapy
  3. Identify at least 3 resources or activities to implement within your teletherapy sessions
  4. Select the best intervention strategies for at least 3 of your students



  • 25 minutes: Overview of Teletherapy for OT & PT
  • 35 minutes: Let’s Get Started
  • 26 minutes: Additional Considerations for Teletherapy Implementation
  • 17 minutes: Sample Therapy Session Using Slides & Activities
  • 18 minutes: Additional Resources for Teletherapy
  • 4 minutes: Course Test