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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. 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

A-2: 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.

A-3:  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. Identify ways to implement new strategies and activities to improve motor performance and on task behavior in school
  2. Discuss ways to develop accommodations to improve student performance that are both efficient and effective

A-4:  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-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. Discuss how to use a screening tool to help identify visual deficits in students

DAY 1 – PM:

B-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

B-2: The Role of OTs 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

B-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. Identify how to 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

B-4: Executive Function Dilemmas: Intervention Strategies for School- Based Services – Cynthia Haynes
At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain strategies to address concerns with organization, time management, impulse control, working memory and task initiation/completion
  2. Describe methods to integrate strategies into school-base routines in collaboration with teachers and families
  3. Describe methods of performance monitoring for each executive functioning domain

B-5: 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. Discuss composing functional, realistic goals in an educational setting

DAY 2 – AM:

C-1:  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. Select activities to employ to improve students' self-regulation skills

C-2: 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

C-3:  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

C-4: 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

C-5: 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

DAY 2 – PM:

D-1: OTs: Make Best Use of Google Forms 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

D-2: 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

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: 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

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. 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

D-6: 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. Describe how to implement activities to promote and improve sensory processing throughout the school day

 

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