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OTS 113: Finding Motivation in Transition-Aged Students: From Limitations to Success

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 113 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

Have you ever thought about what it might look like working with transition-aged students? Even if you are currently working with them now, you may still question how to best use your skills to work with these older school-aged students effectively.

Today, we are speaking with Justin Lundstedt, OTR/L, where he will discuss many areas of TAS and executive functioning. Tune in to learn how you can help these students find motivation and success in their life outside of school.

Tune in to learn the following objectives:

  • Learners will identify what transition-aged students are

  • Learners will identify how OTPs can work with transition-aged students

  • Learners will identify how the domains of the OTPF-4 play a role in transition-aged students

Guest Bio

Justin Lundstedt, OTR/L

Justin Lundstedt is an occupational therapist of over 20 years. Over these two decades, Justin has worked primarily in pediatrics. He has spent time in physical rehabilitation, private clinic work, the special education field, and private therapy services. The majority of his professional career has been spent working in the special education field, where he has developed a strong interest in the development of executive function skills and how they are a key to so many of our student's ongoing struggles with regard to personal goal achievement. He specializes in the transition-age student because he believes this is an underutilized area for OT, and it has direct involvement with the success of our students transitioning from school to the community.

Justin has developed his own practice and Brand to focus on these specific areas. He currently owns Achieve Life OT & PT PLLC and has created a separate entity to focus on the education and development of other OTs in the executive Function World named: The Executive Function OT. He has created an evergreen course called OT and Executive Function of the Transition Age student, has recently participated in Jayson Davies Back to School OT conference, and has hosted multiple other webinars on this topic as well. He hopes to develop a niche that will help our profession as OTs develop in a way where we are seen for our knowledge and potential in the world of executive function.


“We're so focused on getting our students to, you know, a certain academic level or demonstrating this certain skill, that we focus again on those proximal goals so much, and we forget about the distal” - Justin Lundstedt, OTR/L

“I do believe that we all have the capability, and motivation drives us, so if there's really that will to do, there's a way to find it” - Justin Lundstedt, OTR/L

“You are not a one-to-one aid when you push into a classroom, you're not a teacher, you are an OT, and you have the skill set of an OT working with those students” - Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

“What I'm really seeing at the older ages is, our expectations are high, where they may not have that development, and the development has changed” - Justin Lundstedt, OTR/L


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