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Current, Best Strategies for Strengthening Your School-Based OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY Program

Presented by Cynthia Haynes
Outstanding Occupational Therapist and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for School-Based Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants Serving Students in Grades PreK-12:

  • Practical strategies to enhance your professional application of the best OT practices in your busy school setting
  • Timesaving ideas you can use immediately to embed OT accommodations into the school day and promote student function
  • Efficient ways to help you gain better control of your caseload and schedule
  • Demonstrations, models and an extensive occupational therapy digital resource handbook filled with practical ideas and strategies

Practical Ideas and Strategies

Specifically designed for school-based Occupational Therapists and COTAs, this seminar will provide you with a variety of practical strategies for supporting students in grades PreK-12 more effectively and efficiently. CYNTHIA HAYNES, an outstanding school-based Occupational Therapist and mentor, will share dozens of proven ideas to help strengthen your school-based OT program. Whether you are a new practitioner or an experienced clinician, this seminar combines current, best OT approaches with the realities of providing services in today’s demanding school settings. The emphasis will be on the best ways to help you ensure accountability, determine efficacy of your interventions and guide your recommendation for levels of intervention. A variety of service delivery models will be discussed along with practical solutions you can implement in your practice.

Armed with an extensive OT therapy digital resource handbook and dozens of current, best strategies, you will leave feeling confident and empowered to make an even greater impact on your students and the educational team with whom you work.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. Strengthen Your Practice as a School-Based Occupational Therapist
    Increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a school-based OT by enhancing your existing toolbox of strategies
  2. Encourage Stronger Carryover of Your OT Interventions
    Tips and techniques to help you empower members of the educational team to maximize students’ benefit from your interventions and accommodations … Promote practice and generalization across school environments, even when you’re not there!
  3. Incorporate the Best Up-To-Date Evidence Based Practices
    Discover the latest information on the efficacy of sensory-based intervention strategies for the diverse students you serve and the implications these have for your practice
  4. Fresh, Innovative Ideas to Expand Your Intervention Repertoire
    Expand your “bag of tricks” with outstanding adaptations, accommodations, interventions, and techniques – perfect for students on your caseload
  5. Utilize Time-Efficient Documentation and Progress Monitoring Strategies
    Simplify your day with easy-to-use ideas to organize, plan, document, and evaluate the efficacy of your therapy sessions
  6. Strengthen Your Collaborative Skills as an Occupational Therapist
    Facilitate success with your multi-disciplinary educational teams … Here’s how!
  7. Highly Effective Ways to Utilize COTAs
    Discover the best ways to utilize and maximize the benefits of Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) in school-based therapy
  8. Schedule Your Time for Maximum Impact
    Consider workload vs. caseload options to help you more efficiently and effectively accomplish your goals, and streamline your therapy program
  9. Dynamic and Ready-to-Use Strategies to Strengthen Your OT Interventions
    Compliment your toolkit with effective strategies that address diverse and changing student and classroom needs … Practical ideas you can use immediately in your role as an OT or COTA
  10. Receive an Extensive OT Digital Resource Handbook
    Receive an extensive digital resource handbook filled with strategies, rubrics, reproducible data collection forms, and outstanding apps, websites and resources to strengthen your therapy with grades PreK-12 students

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the seminar you will be able to:
  • Select practical, integrative strategies to increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a school-based OT or COTA
  • Name innovative interventions that combine technology with traditional therapy methods
  • Identify best-practices to facilitate an optimal OT/COTA collaborative partnership in school-based therapy
  • Select the best websites, blogs and resources for streamlining your occupational therapy program
  • Identify timesaving techniques to simplify data collection of quanitative information to simplify progress monitoring and documentation
Practical Strategies for Occupational Therapy Service Delivery:
  • Identify strategies to help you spend less time planning and more time providing therapy
  • Create a plan to increase the effectiveness of your collaboration with education teams to improve student performance in the classroom
  • Examine ways to work smarter not harder in designing interventions and documentation
  • Select fine motor, visual motor and perceptual activities, strategies and ideas to help your students better access their education

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

Being a school-based OT can be fun, professionally challenging and occasionally frustrating. Our expanding role as a key related service provider pulls us in many different directions throughout the school year. But in the end, we all want to make the most positive impact we can on the students, schools and families we serve.

The content of this seminar will embody AOTA’s 2025 Vision, IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) and ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) guidelines. I want to help you enhance your practice and crucial role as a school-based OT. You’ll learn practical ways to maximize the impact of your therapy.

During our day together, I will share ideas for implementing current, best practices in the most efficient and effective ways possible. You will learn timesaving strategies for monitoring student progress and enhancing the efficacy of your interventions. A variety of active learning activities will help reinforce ways you can implement the ideas presented. In addition, you will have the opportunity to share your ideas and experiences throughout the day with fellow OTs and COTAs.

Our occupational therapy services are of vital importance to the students we serve. I hope you will take this opportunity to enhance your practice and to learn along with me.

Cynthia Haynes, M.Ed, MBA, OTD, OTR/L

P.S. Join me for a very practical, evidence-based learning experience that will equip you with dozens of ideas and strategies that you can begin to implement the very next day!

Who Should Attend

School-Based Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants serving students in grades PreK-12

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
You will receive an extensive digital resource handbook giving you access to countless strategies. The handbook includes:

  • Innovative OT intervention strategies perfect for in-person and online therapy
  • The best websites for intervention ideas, documentation, and enhancing your OT practice
  • Ways to evaluate and enhance team effectiveness
  • Ideas and documentation methods to use in pre-referral or RTI contexts
  • Reproducible documentation resources to use in your practice

Consultation Available
Cynthia Haynes will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own program.

AOTA LogoBER is an AOTA Approved Provider of continuing education. Full attendance at this seminar qualifies for .5 AOTA CEUs/5 Contact Hours per day of attendance. You are required to fully attend the seminar and complete a program evaluation and a learning outcomes assessment at the end. The assignment of AOTA CEUs/Contact Hours does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. AOTA Educational level – Introductory, AOTA Classification Code – Occupational Therapy Service Delivery.

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Semester Credit Option
UMASS Logo Up to four graduate level professional development credits are available with an additional fee and completion of follow-up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with University of Massachusetts Global, a nonprofit affiliate, will be available at this program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
Participants of both the Live Online Seminar and those completing the Recorded Version online can receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify five continuing education hours. State CEUs are available for both versions of the course. For specific details, visit www.ber.org/ceus.

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