Institute for Educational Development

Location: BOSTON
Date: May 10, 2018

$249.00 per person
Group Price: $229.00
*For 3 or more people regestering at the same time

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

NEW Seminar Presented By
Cynthia Haynes

Outstanding Occupational Therapist and National Presenter

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

  • Practical strategies to guide 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 resource handbook filled with timesaving ideas, strategies and technology resources

Practical Strategies

Specifically designed for school-based Occupational Therapists and COTAs, this NEW seminar will provide you with a variety of practical strategies to support 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 graduate, experienced clinician or are changing practice areas, this seminar combines current, best OT approaches with the realities of related service provision 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 potential practical solutions you can implement in your practice.

Armed with an extensive OT therapy 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 Role as a School-Based Occupational Therapist
    Learn how to be a more effective and efficient school-based OT by adding to your existing toolbox of strategies to enhance yourself as a valued resource and team member
  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. Fresh, Innovative Ideas to Expand Your Intervention Repertoire
    Expand your “bag of tricks” with outstanding adaptations, accommodations, interventions, and techniques
  4. Review 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
  5. Incorporate 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 
    How to facilitate success with your multi-disciplinary educational teams
  7. Highly Effective Ways to Utilize COTAs in Your Program
    Discover the best ways to utilize Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTAs) in your school-based program
  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. Take Home an Extensive OT Resource Handbook
    Receive an extensive resource handbook filled with strategies, rubrics, reproducible data collection forms, suggested apps, websites and resources to strengthen your therapy with grades PreK-12 students

Specific Topics

Here's what you'll learn:
  • Use practical, integrative strategies to increase your effectiveness and efficiency as a school-based occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant
  • Utilize innovative interventions that combine technology with traditional therapy methods
  • Spend less time planning and more time providing therapy
  • Develop a plan to strengthen your collaboration skills with educational teams to improve student performance in the classroom
  • Become a more effective resource to your school(s) through collaboration and teamwork
  • Best-practices for utilizing COTAs in your school-based therapy program
  • Work smarter not harder to gain greater results from your therapy program
  • Ways to facilitate an optimal OT/COTA partnership through collaboration and teamwork
  • Know the best websites, blogs and resources for streamlining your occupational therapy program
  • Learn timesaving techniques for simplifying data collection and documentation
  • Use rubrics and a variety of additional data collection methods to efficiently gather quantitative information and simplify progress monitoring
  • Implement fine motor, visual-motor and perceptual activities, strategies and ideas to help your students better access their education
  • Learn about resources to evaluate your performance as a school based practitioner.
  • Create more successful and effective education teams … Easy and doable collaboration ideas to help educational teams function efficiently and effectively.
  • Effective ways you can promote social participation and expand your sphere of influence in school environments

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 be effective and make a positive impact 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. It will help you expand and define your crucial role as a school-based OT. Learn practical ways to evaluate your professional competence and employ the online tools our national organizations have to guide your individual professional development plan.

During our time together, I will share ideas on how to implement current, best practices in the most efficient and effective ways possible. You will learn timesaving strategies to monitor progress and enhance the efficacy of your interventions. We will also discuss a variety of ways to consider levels of service. A variety of active learning activities will help solidify ways you can implement the ideas presented. In addition, you will have the opportunity to share your ideas and experiences throughout the day.

Our occupational therapy services are of vital importance to the school-age children we serve. We want to provide our best for our students AND still have fun doing it!  I hope you take this opportunity to learn with me.

Cynthia Haynes

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

  1. Extensive Resource Handbook:
    Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:
    • Descriptions of innovative intervention strategies
    • Checklists to help you evaluate and enhance team collaboration
    • Ideas and documentation methods to use in pre-referral or RTI contexts
    • Resource list of websites for intervention ideas, documentation, professional development and evidence
    • Reproducible documentation resources to use in your practice
    • Synthesized summary of assessments available to school-based OTs
  2. Meet and Share:
    This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other therapists interested in enhancing their OT school-based programs.
  3. Consultation Available:
    Cyndi Haynes will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own occupational therapy program.
  4. Semester Credit Option:
    Brandman University Logo Graduate level professional development credit is available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at the seminar.
  5. Meet Inservice Requirements:
    At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.