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Conference for School-Based Occupational Therapists

Learning Outcomes

DAY 1 – AM:

KEYNOTE: Celebrating Capable, SENSATIONAL Kids! – Greg Santucci
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss 2-3 key ways OTs help address student needs, both physically and emotionally, so they can perform at peak in school
  2. Identify strategies for meeting students where they are (developmentally, socially, emotionally) to help them better meet the expectations of their environment

A-1:  Data-Driven Decision Making: Save Time and Increase Your Effectiveness – Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Evaluate different types on data and their impact of measuring efficacy of interventions
  2. Select timesaving techniques for simplifying data collection and documentation

A-2:  Moving from a Caseload to a Workload Model – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and reference 2-3 Best Practice reasons for moving from a Caseload model to a Workload model in school-practice
  2. Describe 2-3 strategies reflective of a workload model that you could use in your practice enabling you to be more efficient

A-3:  Strengthen Self-Regulation Skills to Improve Behavior and Increase Student PerformanceGreg Santucci
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how self-regulation impacts behavior and learning
  2. Employ activities to improve students’ self-regulation skills

A-4:  Increase Your Impact, Effectiveness and Efficiency with the SETT, WATI and WLPS – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Reference, discuss and use professional evidence-based resources (e.g. WLPS) to better understand and write measurable goals for the written language needs of students
  2. Reference, discuss and use professional evidence-based resources (e.g. SETT and WATI) using low and high technology accommodations to promote function and access

A-5:  Quick Fixes, Tricks and Ideas to Help Students in the Classroom Greg Santucci
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Implement new strategies and activities to improve motor performance and on task behavior in school
  2. Develop accommodations to improve student performance that are both efficient and effective

DAY 1 – PM:

B-1: Sensorimotor Development, Sensory Processing and School Performance: Practical Strategies to Support Student Success Greg Santucci
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify underlying sensorimotor deficits that impact school performance and behaviors
  2. Implement activities to promote and improve sensory processing throughout the school day

B-2: OTs: Make Best Use of Google Sheets to Enhance Your   – Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how electronic forms can streamline your documentation responsibilities
  2. Build basic data collection tools in Google Forms for ongoing progress monitoring and communication with team members

B-3: Need Quick, Progress Monitoring Alternatives for Handwriting, Cutting and Other Life Skills? – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize and compare measurable data collection alternatives for handwriting, cutting and other life skills
  2. Construct and critique meaningful, quantitative rubrics that promote professional communication and illustrate implications for treatment

B-4: Integrating Strategies into the Classroom Environment with Success! – Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify ways to successfully collaborate with the educational team to integrate strategies into the classroom environment
  2. Select methods that encourage carry-over of your interventions

B5: Highly Effective OT Strategies that Get Your Students Moving! – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate and use highly effective heavy work, midline crossing and vestibular activation strategies that can easily be incorporated in a classroom setting.

 DAY 2 – AM:

C-1: Address Your Volume of Handwriting Referrals More Effectively – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and discuss 2-3 effective ways OTs can work collaboratively with parents of special needs students to best support their progress
  2. List and explain how to use the Size Matters Handwriting Program in a variety of settings

C-2: Does a Workload vs Caseload Model Address Your Expanding Responsibilities? – Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Calculate what a reasonable caseload is, and its impact on a workload model in school-based practice
  2. Select tools and strategies that will help you implement a workload approach in school-based practice

C-3:  The OT Evaluation: Painting a Picture of the Student Beyond the Test Scores Greg Santucci
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Use an evaluation format that identifies strengths and weaknesses of school performance skills
  2. Describe how developmental and social history play an important role in how students perform and behave in school, and apply strategies for gathering this information

C-4:  Session Goals: Inform Your Practice and Support Your Students Where They Struggle – Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Develop different types of session goals that are measurable and commensurate with students’ functional needs
  2. Describe how session goals can measure intervention efficacy and inform your practice

C-5: UnSEEN and OverLOOKED: How Vision Impacts Learning Greg Santucci
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify how vision and ocular-motor skills impact behavior and learning
  2. Use a screening tool to help identify visual deficits in students

DAY 2 – PM:

D-1: Sensory Strategies: What’s the Evidence Behind Our Recommendations? – Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify current evidence regarding the efficacy of sensory-based interventions
  2. Select, develop and implement individualized sensory-based strategies, environmental adaptations and activity modifications to promote participation in routines within home, school and community

D-2: Handwriting and Response to Intervention – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Reference concepts, strategies and accommodations to address handwriting concerns within the classroom before they become referrals
  2. Describe concepts, strategies and accommodations that could easily and affordably be implemented schoolwide to enable all students to become legible functional printers.

D-3:  Increasing OTs Role in Helping Students with Challenging Behaviors Greg Santucci
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain how all behavior is communication, and that “kids do well if they can”
  2. Implement evaluation and intervention strategies to improve student behavior and engagement in school

D-4:  Occupation-Based Assessment: Making the Most of So Many Choices! – Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the components of the OT assessment process in the schools
  2. Select assessment tools that help you determine a student’s status across performance areas and make recommendations for service

D-5:  Make It/Take It: Promote Participation, Function, Motor Skills, Attention, Access, and Relaxation – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Create effective, easy, kid-friendly and teacher-approved tools that promote participation, function, motor skills, attention, access
  2. Demonstrate classroom and curriculum-friendly strategies to promote mindfulness, relaxation and self-regulation

D-6: Realistic Goals, Data Collection and Evidence-Based Practice Greg Santucci
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Efficiently measure the effectiveness of sensory-based interventions
  2. Compose functional, realistic goals in an educational setting

 

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