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Practical Strategies to Accelerate Student Progress for OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS Working in Schools
Presented by Greg Santucci, MS, OTR/L
Specifically Designed for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants Serving Students in Preschool-Grade 12
- Dozens of practical, evidence-based strategies for implementing the best practices in your busy school setting
- Realistic strategies and activities for your students who struggle with sensory processing and attention issues
- Enhance your evaluation and clinical observation skills to get to the root of a child’s functional deficit and create an appropriate treatment plan
- Incorporate creative and fun strategies to promote functional visual skills
- Discover low-cost, pre-vocational activities that will prepare high school students with developmental disabilities for employment
- Demonstrations, models and an extensive occupational therapy resource handbook filled with ideas and strategies you can use to strengthen your role as an occupational therapist or OT assistant
Practical Ideas and Strategies
Especially designed for school-based occupational therapists, this outstanding seminar will provide you with the skills to more effectively evaluate, design activities and share information with teachers and parents which will help students with mild to severe disabilities develop functional and/or academic skills.
Experienced and highly innovative occupational therapist, Greg Santucci, will teach you how to gather and evaluate information about a student to find out what’s really causing his/her difficulty in school. He will share practical, evidence-based ideas to improve your collaboration with teachers and parents and create child-centered activities to motivate your most challenging students. You will also gain ready-to-use strategies to help students who struggle with sensory processing, visual skills, handwriting, and attention span.
Utilizing his real-life experiences and evidence-based outcomes, Greg will discuss how to better support students of all ability levels. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to learn NEW techniques and have a greater impact on the students and teachers you work with in preschool-grade 12. You will leave with an extensive occupational therapy resource handbook that will help you begin implementing these ideas as soon as you return to your school.
Ten Key Benefits of Attending
- Ready-to-Use, Evidence-Based Strategies to Accelerate Your Students’ Progress
Acquire a wealth of school-based intervention strategies to increase overall student functioning and learning in academic and non-academic school activities … Ideas that will work in a whole class, small group or with individual students
- Identify Methods for Improving Hand Function
Identify methods you can use to help students with moderate to severe disabilities improve grasp patterns, hand strength and manipulation skills that will stabilize work materials, perform bilateral tasks and engage in sensory motor activities
- Evidence-Based Strategies that Incorporate Sensory Processing Components and Reinforcement
Learn teaching strategies that incorporate the use of sensory tools to increase engagement and improve behavior … Use of sensory input to promote self-regulation and better focusing in class
- Fresh, Innovative Ideas to Expand Your Therapy Repertoire
Expand your “bag of tricks” with adaptations, accommodations and interventions that range from inexpensive to free so teachers, administrators, students, and parents who you work with will integrate your suggestions into their daily routines
- Design Age-Appropriate, Pre-Vocational Activities for Older Students
Discover how to design and adapt low-cost, pre-vocational activities for high school students that meet their developmental learning needs and prepare them for employment
- Specific Evaluation Tools for Students of All Abilities
Choose specific evaluation tools for students of all ages with disabilities ranging from mild sensory and fine-motor delays to multiple disabilities … Learn to write functional and measurable goals for your most challenging students
- Assess the Classroom Environment
Address the sensory demands of the environment to determine what challenges may be encountered by your students with sensory processing difficulty … Tips and techniques to promote their most suitable learning experience
- Optimize Fine-Motor Skills to Use Classroom Tools
Optimize fine-motor success to write, use scissors and more with activity and environmental adaptations
- Incorporate Innovative Strategies to Increase Attention Span and Optimum Arousal States for Your Students’ Learning
Fun, creative and innovative ways to promote arousal and alertness … Sample exercises that provide movement plus enhance curriculum initiatives … Novel activities you can try with your students
- Receive an Extensive Occupational Therapy Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook filled with the strategies and techniques discussed in the seminar, enabling you to immediately implement them with your students
Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately
Learning Objectives: At the end of the seminar you will be able to:
- Discuss dozens of practical, evidence-based strategies to increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a school-based occupational therapist
- Know how to expand your “bag of tricks” with adaptations, accommodations and interventions that range from inexpensive to free
- Use supports, adaptations and activities for students with functional vision challenges
- Utilize highly effective, evidence-based therapy techniques to promote self-esteem, motivation and function among your most challenged students
- Identify multiple handwriting strategies you can use immediately
- Apply effective teaching techniques to promote motor planning skills
- Choose age-appropriate, pre-vocational activities for older students
- Apply the best evaluation tools for students of all abilities
- Use innovative methods to improve hand function
- Incorporate evidence-based sensory motor tools to motivate and engage students
- Help your students more efficiently use pencils, scissors and other classroom tools
- Identify tips and techniques to address the unique needs of students with sensory processing disorders
- Incorporate tips for writing functional, measurable goals
- Know the best practices for using adaptive equipment and environmental modifications to enhance learning
- Use motivating, innovative and evidence-based ways to promote arousal and alertness in the students on your caseload
- Draw on your activity analysis skills in an already existing classroom task and boost the benefit for your students
- Energize and inspire therapists, teachers and support staff with exciting, new activities
- Decrease stress and anxiety in learning situations by providing appropriate modifications and/or adaptations
- Identify multi-sensory strategies you can implement immediately that address student deficits in visual, auditory, tactile, and vestibular sensory systems
A Message From Your Seminar Leader
Occupational therapists are the best kept secret in schools! As our services become increasingly in demand, many of us are finding that the “secret” is out! We find ourselves trying to be everywhere for everyone; do our paperwork; collaborate with teachers; consult with parents; attend meetings; see our full caseload of students; and maybe eat lunch! We are some of the most flexible professionals in school; working in classrooms, hallways or wherever we can find space with whatever toys and resources we can carry from our vehicles.
Despite our sometimes hectic schedules, I genuinely believe that our unique perspective on how children learn can change the lives of the students and teachers we work with. I’d like to share with you many practical, evidence-based strategies that will help you provide the most effective OT services for each and every student on your busy schedule.
In addition to flexibility, another vital common characteristic among occupational therapists is that we are child-centered. We understand that when a child is motivated to do something, there is no limit to their potential! It is our professional responsibility to stay current with the latest treatment modalities and implications of clinical research. I also believe that we should keep up with our students’ interests and what’s happening in their world to help us engage and motivate them. When you have strategies that are proven effective and students who are motivated to participate, you will have great outcomes!
My goal in our day together is to provide you with dozens of proven, practical ideas to take back to your school and use the very next day! Whether you are working with a challenging preschooler or an older student who has been receiving services for some time, my aim is to get you “fired up” and ready to return to your classroom with new ideas, new strategies and a new energy to deliver the most effective occupational therapy services to your students!
I look forward to sharing experiences and collaborating with you!
Greg Santucci, M.S., OTR/L
P.S. As a practicing occupational therapist, I know just how valuable your time is. Therefore, my focus will be to share practical strategies that work in today’s schools.
Who Should Attend
Novice and veteran Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants serving students in preschool-grade 12.
Special Benefits of Attending
Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook designed specifically for this seminar. Included in the handbook are:
- Dynamic, evidence-based interventions for you to implement with students
- Evaluation descriptions and a template to help you write evaluations and occupational therapy objectives
- Hands-on, practical tools for your “OT tool chest”
- Evidence-based teaching strategies that incorporate sensory reinforcement
- Strategies to help students improve visual skills
- Directions to fabricate and use dozens of pre-vocational activities
- Techniques to improve handwriting and using classroom tools
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