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Practical Strategies for OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS:
Applying Common Core State Standards
to Occupational Therapy

(Grades K-8)

Presented by Emily Dassow, OTR/L
Outstanding Occupational Therapist and National Presenter

Specifically Designed for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants Serving Students in Grades K-8

  • Understand how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) impact Occupational Therapy (OT) services in the school setting
  • Learn how OT school-based interventions can help students meet the Common Core State Standards
  • Explore effective ways of improving students’ foundational skills for academic success related to visual skills, visual motor skills and fine motor skills
  • Take home applicable strategies for immediate use for students who struggle with sensory processing and praxis
  • Learn how to teach the Common Core State Standards with realistic IEP goals

Practical Ideas and Strategies

  • Understand how the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) impact Occupational Therapy (OT) services in the school setting
  • Learn how OT school-based interventions can help students meet the Common Core State Standards
  • Explore effective ways of improving students’ foundational skills for academic success related to visual skills, visual motor skills and fine motor skills
  • Take home applicable strategies for immediate use for students who struggle with sensory processing and praxis
  • Learn how to teach the Common Core State Standards with realistic IEP goals

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Understanding the Common Core State Standards
    Learn what the Common Core State Standards are, when they come into play, and how this affects the way Occupational Therapists address students’ needs in order to achieve academic success
  2. How the Common Core State Standards are Pertinent to the Expertise of Occupational Therapy
    Discover how the expertise of Occupational Therapists applies to the Common Core State Standards – practical ways to incorporate the most applicable standards into our OT sessions
  3. Learn How to Incorporate the Common Core State Standards into IEP Goals
    Explore how to include Common Core State Standards in IEP goal writing … Practical suggestions on how to use the Common Core State Standards to write measurable goals
  4. Evidence-Based Strategies That Incorporate Sensory Integration to Promote Students’ Success
    Receive evidence-based strategies to provide students, teachers and other team members with ways to improve organization of behavior, attending and overall readiness for learning
  5. Explore Environmental Accommodations for Improving Students’ Ability to Access the Curriculum
    Assess and adapt students’ learning environment within their academic setting to best meet their needs to actively participate in learning … Help students meet and exceed the rigorous Common Core State Standards
  6. Optimize Student’s Visual Motor Skills for Written Communication
    Learn how to apply appropriate accommodations and collaborate with the classroom staff to make written assignments more legible utilizing a functional method of expressing knowledge while adhering to the Common Core State Standards … Technology is being incorporated into the educational system at an astronomical rate – explore ways to use technology as a helpful tool
  7. Optimize Students’ Fine Motor Skills for Accessing Classroom Tools and Manipulatives
    Explore fun and effective ways to improve fine motor dexterity, precision and control with engaging therapeutic treatment activities that complement the Common Core State Standards
  8. Explore Strategies and Accommodations for Students Who Struggle with Praxis
    Discuss ways to help students who struggle with praxis to become more independent, using appropriate strategies, accommodations and treatment ideas in line with the Common Core State Standards
  9. Expand Your Repertoire of Practical, Applicable, Realistic, and Functional Activities to use Immediately in Your Own OT Sessions
    Powerful, high-quality therapy ideas to help students achieve the Common Core State Standards … Come prepared to receive and share outstanding therapy ideas
  10. Receive a handbook Full of Beneficial Information and Treatment Strategies
    Leave with a handbook that provides a host of practical and applicable treatment strategies within the Common Core State Standards that are specifically pertinent to Occupational Therapy

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Understand what the Common Core State Standards are and what changes they bring to education
  • Discover how the Common Core State Standards apply to Occupational Therapy
  • Pinpoint how Occupational Therapy applies to specific Common Core State Standards for grades K-8
  • Take away dozens of evidence-based practical interventions and strategies that will improve the efficacy of your treatment
  • Learn ways to support your students’ visual motor skill development to improve functional legibility for handwriting and other written communication
  • Find out how to provide accommodations of classroom tools and paper options to increase handwriting legibility
  • Explore numerous strategies to improve fine motor function, dexterity and precision with pencils, scissors and other classroom tools
  • Discover ways to accommodate students with visual impairments and visual perceptual deficits
  • Pinpoint what environmental factors are impacting students’ performance in the classroom and how we can adapt their environment to improve success
  • Optimize praxis skills in the classroom for more independent function
  • Discover methods for facilitating students’ readiness to learn by achieving a regulated state of arousal
  • Learn how to write measurable, functional IEP goals related to the Common Core State Standards
  • Analyze how sensory integration theory can be directly applied to your students’ success by addressing proprioception, vestibular, tactile, visual, and auditory processing
  • Find new ways of helping your students improve attention and independent work skills
  • Familiarize yourself with evidence-based treatment ideas
  • Take home practical home-program ideas for teachers, classroom staff and parents to implement to provide carry-over
  • Receive a wealth of new ideas that you can put into practice the very next day – the resource handbook will include resources and concepts discussed in the seminar
  • Bring your iPad® or Android device and learn about the apps available as a reference

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A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

School-based Occupational Therapy services are in HIGH demand and on the rise! The secret is out, and our profession is becoming more frequently recognized as a valuable asset to students’ learning. As the word continues to spread, we will find ourselves serving more and more students and teachers. We have the opportunity to work with kids of all ages and with a wide range of abilities, but this range of students can make our job a challenge. Our profession is a necessary commodity to many children in the country, so let’s band together and strive for an effective therapeutic alliance with the educational system.

Curriculum and educational standards are changing at a fast pace all over the country. We need to keep abreast of the evolving expectations being placed on our students and teachers so we can best support them. What impact does the Common Core State Standards have on our work with students and teachers? What standards are most applicable to our OT sessions? How can we best utilize our skills to help each student we serve meet and exceed the Common Core State Standards? If you are seeking answers to these timely questions, this is a seminar you won’t want to miss!

I have designed this day to help school-based Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants find the answers they seek around the Common Core State Standards. During our day together, we will learn and define what exactly the Common Core State Standards are and how we can apply our expertise to helping students achieve them. We will also talk about and share treatment ideas that address fine motor, visual motor, visual processing, praxis and sensory processing, and modulation. Along with treatment ideas, we will explore how to incorporate the Common Core State Standards into writing goals for IEP documents.

Our caseloads are filled to the brim, and it seems there just are never enough hours in the day to get all of our work done. I’d like to share some practical and effective ways of making every minute of therapy count, and I hope that you’ll want to share some of your ideas with the rest of us! It is a team effort to help our students achieve success; let’s discover effective ways of being relevant IEP team members!

Warmly,
Emily Dassow, OTR/L

P.S. All the practical ideas and strategies are included in the resource handbook that each participant will receive. I have designed this day with you in mind and will focus our time and energy on the core standards that are most applicable to our work as school-based Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Who Should Attend

Specifically designed for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants serving students in Grades K-8.

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • A wealth of information about the Common Core State Standards
  • A myriad of ways to apply Occupational Therapy to the Common Core State Standards
  • Lists of resources for treatment interventions and supplies to improve both your students’ and your own efficacy
  • Tips and strategies to share with parents, teachers and other classroom staff
  • Examples of goals to use in your IEP documents

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in applying Common Core State Standards to enhance their Occupational Therapy programs.

AOTA – CEUs:
BER is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Full attendance at this seminar qualifies for .5 AOTA CEUs. You will be required to sign a morning and afternoon attendance roster and complete a program evaluation. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level, Introductory, Category 2, Domain of OT.

On-Site Training Guarantee

BER is not a booking agency that just finds a presenter who presents on the topic you requested. Rather, we only recommend highly experienced BER presenters who have consistently received outstanding evaluations from educators attending their trainings.

Consequently, we provide a strong program guarantee.

We guarantee you’ll be fully satisfied or you’ll owe us nothing after your on-site training event.

Bring this seminar to your school or district!