The OT School House Podcast:

Episode 11: How To Be An Evidence-Based OT In Public Schools 

Featuring Dr. Amy Sadek, OTR/L

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In this episode, Jayson Interviews Dr. Amy Sadek about how every school-based OT should be using evidence-based practices and how to find the research to guide their interventions. Dr. Sadek's research has focused on linking nutrition with behavioral changes in children with Autism. While completing her research she quickly learned how difficult it can be to establish herself as an evidence-based practitioner, as well as how difficult it can be to conduct research in public schools.


Listen in as Dr. Amy Sadek shares how any school-based OT can take part in evidence-based practices & research opportunities.


Have a listen if you would like to freshen up on today's learning objectives, which are:


  1. Understand the barriers to practicing EBP and conducting further research within Public schools.  

  2. Understand the steps to implement evidence-based practices (EBP) in a school setting.

  3. Understand the levels of research and the steps to appraising a research article

Links to Show References:


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"Antioxidants and Autism: Teachers' Perceptions of Behavioral Changes" - This is a link to Dr. Sadek's study in the Advances in Mind-Body Medicines Journal.


The American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) - Often referenced to in the show as the AJOT, this is one most attributed journals as it relates to occupational therapy. 


Guidelines for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy In California Public Schools - Referred to in the show as the OTPT Guidelines, this document published by the California Department of Education is a useful resource to all School-based OTs, not just those in California. To access it, visit and click on the state of California. 


ProQuest - ProQuest is a research search engine that is accessible to all National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certificants. Just one more reason why each and every OT and OTA should maintain their NBCOT certification. 


Autism spectrum disorder: interaction of air pollution with the MET receptor tyrosine kinase gene - This article referenced by Jayson is related to Autism and the effects of air pollution. 


Google Scholar - This is another one of the many free Google tools that are so helpful. Dr. Sadek uses Google Scholar as a starting point to look up research. While you may not be able to access every article you come across, it provides a great starting point. 


FERPA - Briefly referenced to in the show as the "HIPPA for schools," FERPA is indeed a privacy act that school's must abide by. All school-based personnelOTs should be familiar with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA

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