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Conference for School-Based Occupational Therapists

Learning Outcomes

DAY 1 – AM:

KEYNOTE: Treatment Plans: Not Just for Kids Anymore!  – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify effective ways OTs can work collaboratively with parents of special needs students to best support their progress

A1:  Data-Driven Decision Making: Save Time and Increase Your Effectiveness Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Review methods to evaluate different types of data and their impact of measuring efficacy of interventions
  2. Select timesaving techniques for simplifying data collection and documentation

A2:  Increase Your Impact, Effectiveness and Efficiency with the SETT, WATI and WLPSBeverly 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

A3: There's an App for that OT Intervention!– Kami Bible
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify ways to learn about iPad apps and choose the best ones to use with your student population
  2. Select 2-3 apps to use right away in your school-based practice

A4: Strengthen the Effectiveness of Your OT Team: Best Use of OT Assistants– Kami Bible
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Select and develop strategies to best use OT Assistants in your practice
  2. Identify 2-3 methods for building teamwork and effective communication

A5:  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

DAY 1 – PM:

B1: Using Technology to Streamline Your Workflow– Kami Bible
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 2-3 strategies to use immediately in your practice to be more efficient
  2. Identify 2-3 methods to switch from paper to technology-based documentation

B2: Highly Effective OT Strategies that Get Your Students Moving! Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

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

B3: The Role of OT in Trauma and Resilience for School Aged Children – Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the impact that adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have on the developing brain and subsequent behavior
  2. Explain the role of OT in helping students who have experienced ACEs succeed in school
  3. Identify strategies that can help students successful address the sequela of ACEs

B4: 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. Select ways to create effective, easy, kid-friendly and teacher-approved tools that promote participation, function, motor skills, attention, access
  2. Discuss classroom and curriculum-friendly strategies that can be used to promote mindfulness, relaxation and self-regulation

B5: 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. Recognize ways to develop and implement individualized sensory-based strategies, environmental adaptations and activity modifications to promote participation in routines within home, school and community

DAY 2 – AM:

C1: 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

C2: Awesome Accessibility Features of the iPad – Kami Bible
Attheendofthissession,participantswillbeableto:

  1. Describe and use 2-3 accessibility features on the iPad
  2. Identify ways to incorporate these features into your student's iPad use

C3: 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

C4: Google Suite for Education: Making it Work for OTs! – Kami Bible
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe 2-3 Google features and how they can benefit OTs
  2. Identify 2-3 ways to incorporate Google Suite into your OT practice immediately

C5: Workload vs Caseload Model: Address Your Expanding Responsibilities Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss how to 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

DAY 2 – PM:

D1: OTs: Make Best Use of Google Sheets to Enhance Your Practice – 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

D2: Integrate OT Interventions Across the Curriculum and Accelerate the Success of Your School-Based OT Practice – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss and describe 2-3 strategies that promote fine motor, handwriting, attention and positioning that could be used when pushing into classrooms
  2. Identify ways to employ therapeutic modalities within authentic settings and during daily curricular content areas

D3: Practical Strategies for Incorporating Pet-Assisted TherapyKami Bible
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify and reference 2-3 best practice applications for introducing pet-assisted therapy to your school-based practice
  2. Describe 2-3 therapy scenarios and how pet-assisted therapy would be introduced

D4: 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

D5: Practical Strategies for Occupational Therapists: Tips, Tricks and Timesaving IdeasKami Bible
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify 2-3 new activities or accommodations that will help you save time daily
  2. Reference, discuss and use 2-3 collaboration ideas to work best with your therapy team

D6: Need Ideas for Low-Incidence Populations? – Ideas to Use and Share! – Beverly Moskowitz
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Select ways to create and use low- and high-tech materials to help children develop printing, cutting and drawing skills for low incidence populations
  2. Identify and discuss ways to develop accommodations to promote self-regulation and self-care skills for low incidence populations

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