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Jayson Davies, OTR/L, from OTSchoolhouse.com dives into the areas of school-based Occupational Therapy most frequently discussed by therapists. Join Jayson and special guests in exploring new practice strategies and earn professional development for certification renewal.

The OT Schoolhouse Podcast for School-Based OT Practitioners Jayson Davies

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Jayson Davies, OTR/L, from OTSchoolhouse.com dives into the areas of school-based Occupational Therapy most frequently discussed by therapists. Join Jayson and special guests in exploring new practice strategies and earn professional development for certification renewal.

    Finding Motivation in Transition-Aged Students: From Limitations to Success

    Finding Motivation in Transition-Aged Students: From Limitations to Success

    Have you ever thought about what it might look like working with transition-aged students? Even if you are currently working with them now, you may still question how to best use your skills to work with these older school-aged students effectively. 

    Today, we are speaking with Justin Lundstedt, OTR/L, where he will discuss many areas of TAS and executive functioning. Tune in to learn how you can help these students find motivation and success in their life outside of school.

    Listen now to learn the following objectives:
    Learners will identify what transition-aged students areLearners will identify how OTPs can work with transition-aged studentsLearners will identify how the domains of the OTPF-4 play a role in transition-aged studentsClick here to view the full show notes and resources for this episode.
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    • 59 min
    Why the CDC Updated the Developmental Milestones Checklist

    Why the CDC Updated the Developmental Milestones Checklist

    Were you flabbergasted when the CDC changed the guidelines for developmental milestones In February? 
    You weren’t alone. But it is important to look deeper at why these changes were made. The CDC was tasked with updating the milestones and making them less confusing for those who rely on them most -  parents. The milestones are still (mostly) the same, and they are backed by research, as we discuss with Dr. Kate Barlow, OTD, OTR/L, IMH-E®, in the episode.

    Kate is an ambassador for the CDC, and she talks to us about the milestones established for the first five years of a child's life. Kate describes why this is important for us OTPs that are in schools. Tune in to find out why!

    Listen now to learn the following objectives:


    Learners will identify what the developmental monitor program is used forLearners will identify why the 75th percentile is no longer included on the CDC milestones checklistLearners will identify how the CDC milestones app can be used by OTPs
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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Back To Our Roots: Mental Health and The School-Based Role

    Back To Our Roots: Mental Health and The School-Based Role

    As OTPs we were taught that our profession was founded on providing a safe space for those who had a mental illness, and we were there to help them engage in occupations that were meaningful to them, yet we tend to forget the importance of this. 
    Today, we speak with Moni Keen to address her capstone research that addressed being an interprofessional team member and mental health in school-aged children. OTPs are often not seen as mental health providers, but we need to advocate and change that narrative. 
    Tune in to learn how we can advocate for mental health and how we can address mental health individually with our students and on a systems level.

    Listen now to learn the following objectives:
    Learners will identify reasons why mental health is not being addressed in schoolsLearners will identify why OTPs are not labeled as mental health providersLearners will identify mental health diagnoses of school-aged children and youthLearners will identify and reflect on the causes of mental health issues among our studentsLearners will identify how to advocate for mental health in OTLearners will identify how to advocate for students on a systems level Click here to view the full show notes including mentioned resources. 
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    • 1 hr
    Common Core left Handwriting Behind!

    Common Core left Handwriting Behind!

    School-based OT practitioners are not handwriting teachers! However, handwriting is often the most common reason for referral.
    In our chat with Debra Collette, OTD, OTR/L, we are discussing a recent article where she surveyed teachers, administrators, and therapists on the missing pieces of handwriting in schools. Ten years ago, common core began to take over school standards, but the standards neglected to include handwriting. Tune in to learn how common core standards have impacted handwriting and how you can support students and teachers in implementing a handwriting curriculum. 
    Tune in to learn the following objectives:
    Learners will identify the connects and disconnects between the common core curriculum with handwritingLearners will identify the impact common core has made on children’s written expressionLearners will identify how common core and handwriting can impact OTPsLearners will identify what OTPs can do to support curriculum and handwriting on a systems levelEarn Continuing Education for Listening to this Episode
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    From One Coffee Cart to an entire Community-Based Instruction Program

    From One Coffee Cart to an entire Community-Based Instruction Program

    Did you know that transitional services can be implemented even before a student gets to high school? 
    In this episode, we talk about how community-based instruction (CBI) can be implemented in the elementary school setting and how these children benefit greatly from starting early. Debbie Schwind discusses how she developed a campus-based CBI program for the students with just a coffee cart and how the program grew with the help of supportive teachers, staff, and administrators. 
    Tune in to learn the following objectives:
    Learners will identify what community-based instruction looks like in an elementary school settingLearners will identify a model that can help with CBI program developmentLearners will identify the benefits of a CBI programEarn your certificate of completion for episode 109 now

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Frameworks used in School-based Occupational Therapy

    Frameworks used in School-based Occupational Therapy

    Have you ever thought about the shifts that have happened throughout the history of Occupational Therapy in the schools? Occupational therapy has been a part of the school systems since the ‘70s when legislation was enacted at the national level.
    In this episode of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast, we will discuss several shifts in this field within the past 40 years.
    Our guest today is Julie Bissell, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, FAOTA, one of the occupational therapists who jumped into the schools early on to address the educational model in schools. Julie discusses transitioning from a medical model to an educational model and shares how we can facilitate participation and help the children perform in the least restrictive environment.
    We will also discuss an article she co-wrote titled Frameworks, Models and Trends in School-Based. This publication discusses a few frameworks within occupational therapy and relates them specifically to school-based practices in individual states and the United States. Also, stay tuned as she enlightens us about an Israeli handwriting assessment and how she assisted in translating this fun card game into English.

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    View the show resources and learn how to earn your certificate for listening at OTSchoolhouse.com/episode108


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    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
166 Ratings

166 Ratings

hokieOT ,

Episode 95

This was great! I would like more Q&A episodes.

CurlyOT ,

Wealth of information

I’m a seasoned OT who just transitioned to virtual school-based practice in Fall 2021. This podcast covers a nice breadth of topics. I appreciate the variety. Thank you!

Dr Moira ,

Great for new and seasoned school OTs

OT Schoolhouse is fantastic. I’m a seasoned therapist but newer to schools. I began with the first podcast and began working backwards. I have pages of notes. I’ve shared some of the things I’ve learned with coworkers. We each have learned something new. The podcast exposed me to several aspects of being a school OT which helped me to know what questions to ask to better prepare me to be a better OT.

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