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August 19-20, 2023
Live action-oriented sessions from the comfort of your living room (or office)
I am pleased to invite you to the third annual OT Schoolhouse: Back To School Conference - The preferred conference for more than 400 school-based OT practitioners in 2022.
At the conference in 2023, we will expand our knowledge in several key areas to support our Students:
Sensory Registration and Supports
Best Practices in school-based OT
And we will do this by hearing from six nationally recognized speakers with years of experience supporting students.
The Back To School Conference will be a worldwide gathering of school-based and pediatric occupational therapists who value the importance of supporting children in their least restrictive environment through a collaborative effort.
The conference will consist of six live 120-minute presentations with Q+A sessions on August 19 - 20.
Replays of all sessions and Q+As will be available to registered participants until December 31, 2023, so you can watch, rewind, and re-watch any of the six sessions.
What you will receive when you register:
Access to the six virtually live sessions totaling 12 hours of valuable education.
A certificate of completion (12 hours) upon watching all sessions and passing a proficiency quiz.
Access to replays of all six sessions until Dec. 31, 2023.
Access to all resources provided by the speakers.
Access to a private community where you can interact with Jayson and others learning right alongside you.
A Swag Pack of goodies mailed to you AFTER the conference
And surprise extras to make this a memorable event!
Don't wait. Register now before the price increases.
Why Attend the Back to School Conference?
In 2022, the Back To School Conference supported over 425 therapists. It was a great experience than many therapists even said it was the best conference they had ever attended (live or virtual). Here are six reasons why you can expect the Back to School Conference to be the best place to learn as a school-based OT.
Earn 12 hours of AOTA-Approved Professional Development
Earn 12 hours of professional development focused on a topic you care about in a single weekend!
Professional Development is currently pending AOTA approval.
Get your questions answered from the speakers
The last thing you need is another boring zoom meeting disguised as an opportunity to learn.
While virtual, these sessions will be interactive and designed to facilitate conversation. The networking session & community will surely be buzzing!
Learn how OTPs can collaborate in schools
The theme for the Back to School Conference this year is "Expanding Collaborative Practices in School-Based OT."
You can expect every session to challenge you to be a more collaborative practitioner!
Get your SWAG on
The swag pack is back!
Last year, we sent out 200 boxes of swag filled with OT goodies to help you get through the school year.
Register by July 1st to secure your swag pack!
Learn individually from home, or together as a team
Only you know how you learn best! Watch from the comfort of your own home or make a party out of it and watch with a colleague.
Therapy teams can register together and save. Email us to learn how!
Expert, world-class speakers
You deserve the best, from the best!
That is why we are recruiting speakers who have walked the walk and have facilitated collaboration within their practice. Live Q+A sessions will also be held to facilitate your retention of knowledge!
Through 6 individual 2-hour sessions, we will cover overarching objectives. Objectives for each individual session can be found in the session descriptions.
Conference Objectives Coming Soon
Need professional development that is AOTA approved?
Upon completion of the conference, you will receive a certificate of completion to have for your registration and licensure needs.
The process for AOTA Approval is currently in process
The conference will be held on August 19-20 (Sat & Sun) from 7:30 am - 3:30 pm PT
Do you live outside of the pacific timezone?
We will soon have a tool to confirm what time the conference will be live in your area, and add the event to your calendar if you are ready.
*Presentations and times subject to change without notice
Jayson Davies, OTR/L has been a school-based occupational therapist since 2012. With experience as both a contracted therapist and a district employee for three distinctly different districts, Jayson has had the opportunity to appreciate the differences between both small-rural and large-suburban districts. In 2014, Jayson earned his Certification in Sensory Integration and Praxis Tests (SIPT) to better serve his students. Recently, Jayson has put forth his efforts in implementing full classroom and small group collaborative RTI lessons with general and special education teachers. Jayson enjoys helping build knowledge among school-based OTs and educators through the OT Schoolhouse Podcast, website, and online courses.
More Presenters will be announced soon!
This conference is designed for you as a school-based OT and every session has been researched, vetted, and hand-selected by Jayson to be relevant for the school-based OT looking to help students in the least restrictive environment. Each presenter has many years of experience and has demonstrated the ethical decision-making you expect from the OT Schoolhouse!
On top of a curated schedule of sessions, you will have the opportunity to earn 12 hours of professional development in just one weekend! Oh, and did I mention the swag bag?!? Check that out below!
Along with access to each session, ALL REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS will receive a Back to School "Swag Pack"
For 2023, Swag Packs will be delivered after the conference.
*At this time, we cannot guarantee shipping of swag packs beyond the USA
Transitioning to a Collaborative Approach in the Schools
Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L
We've all had kids that do great when one-on-one with us in the OT room, but those strategies that we worked on so intently in our OT sessions just don't translate over to the classroom. This causes frustration among us, the teacher, and maybe even the student. In this session, we will review research about collaboration in OT and education so we know where we can make adjustments in our goal and treatment planning. We will also look at specific ways to collaborate so you can have an immediate impact on your students in the 2022-23 school year.
Identify key research outcomes related to collaborative practices in educational settings.
Express the steps to building a collaborative relationship with professionals
Identify at least 3 ways in which OT practitioners can collaborate with other professionals in school-based OT
Create an action plan to collaborate more in your school-based OT practice.
Functional Vestibulo-Ocular Skills in The School Setting
Sponsored by LegiLiner
Karin Hessellund Warner, MOT OTR/L
Do you feel comfortable with evaluating and reporting on functional oculomotor skills? This class will provide the necessary knowledge of how the vestibulo-ocular reflex (VOR) impacts functional ocular motor skills in the school setting. Understanding and being able to evaluate the VOR helps to ease report writing and treatment planning when addressing visual deficits. The use of videos, pictures and case studies will help create a well-rounded understanding of the VOR and ocular motility. Clinicians will improve the way they gather and assess for visual information.
Examine the Vestibular-Ocular Reflex and the impact on eye and head control.
Interpret the role of the Cerebellum in Eye Control.
Analyze the impact of Visual Deficits in the School Setting.
Implement Functional Treatment ideas to address Vestibulo-ocular deficits.
Maximizing occupational therapists' role within a multidisciplinary team when delivering sensory interventions in the school setting.
Genna Espinoza, OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapists have a distinct role within the multidisciplinary team in the school setting in helping children with sensory processing concerns. You will learn about how sensory processing challenges may influence learning and participation within the school setting. This program will present evidence-based information in providing client-centered support when a child is presenting with sensory processing concerns. We will examine how gathering information through a collaborative approach throughout the occupational therapy school process improves student outcomes.
Identify the Sensory Systems and the challenges poor processing can cause.
Identify how sensory processing challenges may influence the child’s school day.
Acknowledge the differences in treatment approaches based on various theories.
Express strategies to help gather information for a comprehensive evaluation
Identify tactics to enhance your collaboration skills in a multidisciplinary team in the school setting.
Occupational Therapy and the Transition Age Student
Justin Lundstedt, OTR/L
It is imperative to understand the importance of occupational therapy and how it coincides with a young adult's transition out of high school. This program will recognize the importance of how the identification of strengths, interests, and goals are so important for high school students yet often when working with students with increased academic needs they get overlooked and the focus becomes on deficits, limitations, and ability to be directed by others. This session will cover how to provide an intervention to students who are working towards the transition out of school. As an OT, it is our job to prepare them for developing the skills necessary to succeed and achieve their self-identified goals.
In this manner, we can further their lives and break the barriers related to unemployment, underemployment, and lack of independent living statistics. The program will discuss the importance of our continued role in transition planning as “transition plans” are constructed to look at the whole child, identify strengths and needs, and adjust/set goals accordingly. This is our overall role as OTs, to begin with. In this session we will discuss the transition fro “life skills’ students, “prevocational” students, and “academic / post-secondary school students.”
Participants will identify an OT’s role for the transitioning student
Participants will define the meaning of a transition-age student.
Participants will recognize the different pathways OTP’s can focus on student expectations for the transitioning student.
OT’s Role in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)
Kim Wiggins, OTR/L
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is essential to human development and helps create a positive learning environment for all students. Many school districts are establishing systemic, schoolwide approaches to SEL. Therefore, it is important for school-based occupational therapy practitioners to understand their role in implementing SEL within therapy sessions or as members of the school team. SEL is required for successful participation in most areas of occupational performance and falls well within the scope of occupational therapy. This webinar will provide you with specific strategies to address SEL within your current role immediately.
Participants will identify 5 areas of SEL and the role of the OT
Participants will delineate OT strategies relevant to SEL that are appropriate at each of the three tiers of intervention.
Participants will identify how social emotional learning may be impacted by sensory over- and under-responders responsiveness
(CO-OP) Principles for Collaboration
Lara Barros, OTD, OTR/L
Collaboration is key in the enabling of participation and occupation in the school setting. The principles of the Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance™ (CO-OP) will be used to frame collaborative school-based OT. We will uncover the Goal, Plan, Do, & Check systems that allow us as therapists to support our students and helping them reach their unique goals.
Participants will identify the global cognitive strategy used by the CO-OP Approach.
Participants will identify the principles underlying the CO-OP Approach.
Participants will recognize how using the CO-OP principles supports collaboration in the school system.
Register now to ensure access to each of the 6 amazing sessions!
Audience & Education Level
The OT Schoolhouse Back To School Conference is intended for current school-based occupational therapy practitioners. Sessions will contain beginner and intermediate level knowledge and may contain language and practices specific to school-based occupational therapy. There are no prerequisite courses required, but one should have a general understanding of OT in the schools.
2022 Conference Theme
Expanding Collaborative Practices
in School-Based OT
We have all attended a team meeting for a student where no one seems to be on the same page. The teacher is focused on the need to work on math skills, the speech therapist is focused on social communication, and the parent wants to see their child learn to read. In that scenario, offering a handwriting goal may cause more harm than good.
That is why at the Back To School Conference, we are focusing on implementing occupational therapy from a collaborative approach. Sessions will focus on how you can work with the parents, teachers, and other providers to improve student outcomes. From goals to therapy, we need to get on the same page!
Session Handouts & Replays
For each conference session, handouts will be made available to download and print prior to the start of the conference. After registering and 1-week prior to the conference, you will be able to download and print the slide and supplemental materials in the conference Portal.
The attendee portal will also host replays of each conference session for 60 days. As a registered attendee of the summit, you will have access to the conference handouts, session video replays, and course commubnity until October 26, 2022.
Flexible Payment Plan
We understand that times are tough right now. While some OTs are secure in their positions, we realize this is not the case for everyone. For this reason, we are offering a 2-month payment plan leading up to the conference. The payment plan consists of three monthly $180 payments. While this is slightly more expensive, it gives you the ability to pay over time so you can attend the conference while being fiscally responsible.
You can register for the course now with the 2-month payment plan using the button below. The last day to sign up for the course using the 2-month payment plan will be July 27th.
Just because we will be engaging in this summit, does not mean we have to eliminate community engagement.
In addition to lively, interactive sessions, there will be designated times for live Q+A sessions with the presenters. Likewise, we will have an online community dedicated to discussions related to the content from our guest speakers.
And perhaps the most exciting engagement opportunity will be our Friday night virtual happy hour. Come hang out with Jayson and other school-based OT practitioners. Yeah, the conversation may start off backward and about where you work, but who knows, maybe you will meet your newest OT bestie!
Join me and other School-Based OTPs looking to advance their clinical skills
This conference is designed for you as a school-based OT. Every speaker and presentation has been researched, vetted, and hand-selected by Jayson to be relevant for the school-based OT looking to help students in the least restrictive environment. Each presenter has years of experience and has demonstrated the ethical decision-making you expect from the OT Schoolhouse!
Jayson understands the intricacies of school-based OT and he knows the therapists who can help make your life easier while serving the students and teachers you love to work with.
Register now to secure your spot!
Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors
Platinum Level Sponsors
Conference Attendee Disclaimer/Agreement
By registering for, or attending any event or activity associated with the OT Schoolhouse: Back To School Conference, I agree to the following:
Professional Development/Information Disclaimer
The Back to School Conference is a virtual event for professional development, networking, and OT Schoolhouse business purposes. The material presented is not intended to represent the only or the best methods appropriate for the occupational therapy and/or medical condition or professional development issues being discussed, but rather is intended to present the opinions of the presenters, which may be helpful to other health care professionals at arriving at their own conclusions and consequent application. In order to earn a certificate of completion, attendees will be required to watch all 6 sessions and pass a proficiency quiz with a score of 75% or greater.
Financial and Non-financial Disclaimers
Speakers at the 2022 Back to School Conference are paid for their professional presentation
Speakers may discuss other programs with which they are affiliated and earn a commission and/or other compensation
Speakers may be an affiliate and may earn a commission when you register for the Back to School Conference
Public Relations Agreement
Registration and attendance at, or participation in, Back To School Conference meetings and other activities constitutes an agreement by the registrant for Schoolhouse Education, LLC’s use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the registrant or attendee’s image, voice, and survey responses in photographs, videotapes, electronic/print reproductions, and audiotapes of such events and activities.
Waiver of Liability Agreement
I release the Back to School Conference, Schoolhouse Education, LLC, OT School House, and its staff, presenters, and any other individuals or entities associated with the Back To School Conference from any and all liability connected with my participation, as well as from any liability related to changes to the schedule, events or activities. I acknowledge and agree that I am participating on my own choice and assume all risk in connection thereof and that in the event that a need for emergency medical service arises, I authorize and consent to such services being provided at my own expense. Attendees participating in this professional development education program do so with full knowledge that they waive any claim they may have against the Back to School Conference, Schoolhouse Education, LLC, and OT Schoolhouse and its staff or representatives for reliance on any information presented during these educational activities.
A refund, less $20/Practitioners; $20/Students administrative fee, will be issued if notice of cancellation is received by the Schoolhouse Education, LLC. Refunds will not be processed until after the conference. Request a refund.
In the event that Schoolhouse Education, LLC cancels the event for any reason, participants will be offered the choice of a full refund or, when applicable, a credit toward the rescheduled event.
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