Tips for Getting Started: OT and School Based Practice

Mark Strait

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AOTA Course Number: DLAT085
Course Credits: 0.35 (3 hours 30 minutes)

Practice in a school system presents a unique set of challenges to OTs. Educationally relevant goals and interventions, individualized service delivery models, progress monitoring, and Response to Intervention (RTI) are unique components in the educational environment. To be an effective therapist, these concepts must be integrated within an OT frame of reference. This course provides an overview of the educational system, legal requirements that impact FAPE and how OTs can assess and intervene effectively to address student needs. Multiple handouts and videos will be discussed and available for review.

Instructor Information

Linda Okonsky
Linda Okonsky, MS, OTR/L is a Regional Director of Occupational Therapy Services for EBS Healthcare, Inc. She provides therapist mentoring, supervision of OTAs and assists in the design of trainings for continued competence and best practice strategies for school based therapists. This speaker has been practicing OT for more than 15 years working with children in the clinic and school settings. She has presented on visual perceptual skills and other pediatric topics at local, state, and national levels. She was an adjunct professor for an M.S. in Occupational Therapy program.
Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Linda has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Linda has no other non-financial information to disclose.
Cynthia Haynes
Cynthia Haynes, MBA, OTD, OTR/L – Cynthia is the Director of Occupational Therapy Services for EBS Healthcare where she oversees therapist mentoring and designs training for continued competence and best practice strategies for school-based therapists. She is also an adjunct professor in the OTD program at Thomas Jefferson University and a regional 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

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

  1. Describe the role of OT as a related service in the school system
  2. Describe the IEP process and identify the top ten procedural and content reminders, and how to include these into legally compliant IEPs
  3. Understand the referral and assessment process
  4. Explain how to develop efficient and effective documentation strategies for assessment and intervention adhering to best practice and district policies
  5. Define and discuss various service delivery models and the impact of culture and collaboration among educational team members on student outcomes

Agenda

  • 30 Minutes     IDEA and CCSS overview
  • 30 Minutes     Roles and responsibilities
  • 15 Minutes     Assessment
  • 50 Minutes     IEP process and PLOP/PLEP rewrite activity
  • 15 Minutes     Response to intervention
  • 15 Minutes     Intervention: Service Delivery Models and rewrite goals activity
  • 15 Minutes     Summary: Tips and strategies handout
  • 10 Minutes     Post-test