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Courses Included with an
OTS Collaborative Membership

The OT Schoolhouse Collaborative is our premium membership community where school-based OT practitioners learn and grow together. Members of OTS Collab receive complimentary access to the following live and recorded courses and other monthly programming events designed to help you support your students more effectively. 

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 2 hour in length. (0.2 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

August 21, 2024

Sensory integrative processing is foundational to how we learn about our bodies, engage with the environment, interact with others, make meaning out of activities, produce motor responses, and participate in learning. It also has direct links with our regulation and influences our behavior. Yet, deciphering sensory integrative processing-- and the 8 sensory systems that includes-- can be quite challenging. What does sensory integrative processing actually involve?

Why is it so vital for behavior responses, emotional regulation, and learning? How can you better understand and influence the sensory integrative processing needs of students, and yourself, to provide occupational therapy services?

In our time together we will explore these questions and many more so you will be better equipped to recognize nuances of sensory differences, how a student's emotional regulation holds the key to understanding sensory differences, provide accommodations and adaptations for students with various sensory needs, and utilize another tool by which to view behavior!

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 2 hour in length. (0.2 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

July 24, 2024

Sensory integrative processing is foundational to how we learn about our bodies, engage with the environment, interact with others, make meaning out of activities, produce motor responses, and participate in learning. It also has direct links with our regulation and influences our behavior. Yet, deciphering sensory integrative processing-- and the 8 sensory systems that includes-- can be quite challenging. What does sensory integrative processing actually involve?

Why is it so vital for behavior responses, emotional regulation, and learning? How can you better understand and influence the sensory integrative processing needs of students, and yourself, to provide occupational therapy services?

In our time together we will explore these questions and many more so you will be better equipped to recognize nuances of sensory differences, how a student's emotional regulation holds the key to understanding sensory differences, provide accommodations and adaptations for students with various sensory needs, and utilize another tool by which to view behavior!

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 2 hour in length. (0.2 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

June 26, 2024

As an occupational therapy Practitioner (OTP), understanding sensory processing is crucial in assessing and addressing the diverse needs of individuals. In part 1 of this course, we will discuss the eight sensory systems, including the classic five (vision, hearing, taste, touch, smell) as well as the less-known vestibular, proprioceptive, and interoceptive systems.

Participants will learn how sensory information is processed in the areas of modulation, discrimination, and integration, influencing individuals' responses and behaviors. OTPs will gain skills in identifying sensory processing challenges and implementing effective interventions tailored to each individual's sensory profile. By the end of the course, participants will be equipped with a comprehensive understanding of sensory processing and its impact on occupational performance across the lifespan.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1.5 hour in length. (0.15 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

May 15, 2024

Non-academic times of the school day, can be significant contributors to student mental and physical health. Conditions that promote positive mental health include participation in enjoyable activities within caring environments that foster positive emotions (Fredrickson & Joiner, 2018).

When students participate in and enjoy healthy recess and after-school leisure activities, have good friends, and perceive school personnel to be supportive, they feel more connected to school which, in turn, enhances academic performance.

The aims of this session are to provide detailed information about how to implement the Refreshing Recess (RR) programs emphasizing inclusive participation, friendship promotion, mealtime conversations, healthy eating, and active play; and describe a tiered approach to Making Leisure Matter during after-school times. OTPs will be able to use the Every Moment Counts website to implement Refreshing Recess and promote leisure participation within a tiered model.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

April 17, 2024

This course describes concepts and strategies from the Size Matters Handwriting Program, a proven curriculum-based approach to teaching handwriting. Proficient writing skills are fundamental for every student, constituting a vital life skill. Writing offers enduring advantages to children, allowing them to showcase their understanding in academic settings, equipping them for prosperous careers ahead, and granting them the ability to articulate their thoughts, emotions, perspectives, and concepts with confidence. Fun ideas will be presented for many subjects to promote peer mentorship, self- monitoring and self-advocacy, as well as functional, legible printing across the curriculum.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

March 18, 2024

This course offers a deep dive into occupational therapy interventions for teens and young adults in school settings, focusing on executive function difficulties. Participants will learn about identifying and assessing executive function challenges, and the practical application of evidence-based strategies tailored to this age group.

Emphasis is placed on collaborative approaches that integrate school, home, and community resources to support students' executive skills. Through a blend of theoretical understanding and case studies, the course equips practitioners with the tools to foster independence, academic success, and smoother transitions to adulthood for students with executive function deficits.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1.5 hour in length. (0.15 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

February 20, 2024

Sensory modulation, defined as the ability to respond appropriately to sensory information and remain at an appropriate level of alertness, is critical for academic and social success. Research shows that modulation is a skill that can be taught. When viewed within a larger educational framework, sensory modulation is seen as a component of emotional regulation and social-emotional learning. This webinar covers the evidence supporting instruction in sensory modulation, basic concepts and terminology to be used in this instruction, and a specific curriculum available to ensure success in this endeavor.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

January 17, 2024

Join us for an interactive webinar focused on enhancing writing skills and progress monitoring for students of all backgrounds and abilities. Writing is an essential skill, and every student should be empowered to express their thoughts and ideas effectively. We'll touch upon the Universal Design for Learning concept and introduce various methods of writing.

Dive into inclusive strategies for diverse classroom settings and explore efficient progress monitoring. Equip yourself with tools to boost effective communication and writing in students; have pen and paper ready for interactive segments.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

December 13, 2023

In this 1-hour course, you will learn the five key aspects of a valuable and efficient, top-down, school-based OT evaluation. We will discuss the exact steps you can follow from the point you receive the referral to the point that you are ready to present your findings.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

November 14, 2023

Do your pediatric clients depend on others to get through their school day? Are they reliant on prizes or adults to be motivated to accomplish tasks? Learned helplessness is a big problem for many children and there is a better way!

This course will offer concrete strategies that can be included in current therapy interventions to help clients grow up into self-determined adults. In addition to getting them engaged and motivated, higher levels of self-determination are correlated with positive school, employment and independent living outcomes.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

October 10, 2023

Occupational Therapy Practitioners possess strongholds of sensory processing and underlying neurological processes, They understand constructs from contemporary neuroscience, illuminating the essential role of the vestibular system for neural networking that supports learning and communication.

Learners of this course will receive theoretical foundations as well as evidence from contemporary neuroscience so that they will expand their understanding of how the interventions support the mechanism of change - neuroplasticity, which results from the vestibular activation in an otherwise underperforming vestibular system.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1.5 hour in length. (0.15 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

September 21, 2023

Effectively navigating the RTI process will allow support for students, teachers and families as well as impact the appropriateness of related service referrals. Increase your knowledge of the RTI process through the history, federal and state law, and tiered components.

Learn to incorporate specific, increasing intensity of instruction with evidence-based interventions to match a students needs within each tier. These supports may increase a student's success within the general education curriculum and the need for referrals to a specialized instructional service.

Incorporating successful strategies for communication and advocacy with leadership, time management, and resources for therapeutic interventions may break down barriers. The result is a win-win for the administration, therapist, teacher, and student.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

August 16, 2023

Dr. Gibbs provides an overview of Trauma Informed Care and introduces the ACTION from Trauma Approach. The approach maps out neurological connections to further enhance understanding of the underlying mechanisms influencing behavior following exposure to trauma.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

July 20, 2023

At this point, virtually everyone has heard that mindfulness is a tool for mental health, and you may have even tried meditation or yoga for yourself. Mindfulness practices are increasingly being introduced into educational programs, and for good reason because the research is mounting for the positive impact on children and the professionals that serve them. In this introductory course, you will learn about the evidence for using mindfulness for children, teachers, and children in particular. You will learn about the brain science that links mindfulness and executive function. Lastly, you will walk away with some practices that you can bring to the classroom that will be as good for you as they are for the students you serve.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

June 21, 2023

Participants will deepen their knowledge of working with students with visual impairments. Information will include an overview of the sensory systems and how sensory information is processed differently for students with visual impairments. Participants will gain an understanding of common sensory characteristics expressed by students with visual impairments while learning how to assess and develop strength-based collaborative intervention strategies.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1.5 hour in length. (0.15 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

May 17, 2023

OTPs are often asked to assess sensory functions of children on their caseload, even though sensory integration is an advance practice area. Practitioners that take this course will receive an introduction to sensory functions and their impact on children's ability to participate in their school settings, with a focus on sensory perception and praxis. Assessment strategies will be reviewed, as well as basic interpretation of data and goal development. OTPs will have a deeper understanding of the complexity of sensory integrative issues, and strategies of how they can further develop and refine their own practice.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

April 19, 2023

"Expanding Your Leadership Skills Through Fieldwork Education" will focus on how to host an OT fieldwork student and the skills it takes to be a Fieldwork Educator. If you have you ever thought of hosting a fieldwork student but needed more information on how to start, this course will walk you through the basic steps needed to develop a relationship with an OT school, who to ask at work, and the resources that might be needed to host your first student. The presentation will also cover a few skills that help a practitioner to be successful Fieldwork Educator and how to highlight these leadership skills on a resume.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

March 23, 2023

This course is designed to support, empower, and educate occupational therapists that work within the educational setting with the tools needed to navigate student behaviors using a mindful and neurodiversity-affirming approach. It will review introductory concepts to becoming a neurodiversity-affirming practitioner, specific strategies and supports to use in the moment and ongoing, and resources to further expand your knowledge on alternative ways to train and work with paraprofessionals to help them implement and support carryover of strategies from sessions to the classroom.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

February 15, 2023

What is dysgraphia? Many professionals think it is simply a handwriting challenge. However, orthography is so much more than handwritten material. Debunking these three myths will change your perspective and clarify your understanding of dysgraphia. You will become the expert in your community about this disability and become competent in explaining the definition to other community members. Together, we can change the lives of 110 million children.

Price

Free for members of OTS Collaborative

Duration

This course is 1 hour in length. (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Live (recorded) on:

January 18, 2023

As occupational therapy providers working in public education schools, IDEA requires that we provide services in the least restrictive environment (LRE). But what is the LRE, and how do we determine where and with what frequency OT services should take place?

This one-hour workshop will discuss how the LRE became a prominent factor in public schools. We will also look into what factors play a role in determining services in the LRE for students and how OTPs can determine what services to recommend to an IEP team to ensure students are receiving OT services in the LRE. 

As part of this course, participants will receive handouts to help them determine services for their students going forward.

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