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OTS 08: Everything You Need to Know About Professional Development & A Special Announcement!

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 8 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

In this episode, Jayson and Abby look at the many ways to earn professional development per NBCOT guidelines and share 9 specific places where you can earn your needed Professional Development Units (PDUs) or Competency Assessment Units (CAUs) as NBCOT calls them. We also announce that we will soon be offering professional development units for those who listen to the podcast and take a short quiz to prove you have listened and learned the objectives we intended to be learned through the episode.

Have a listen if you would like to have these three questions answered:

1. Who needs continuing education and how many units do you need?

2. What counts as professional development?

3. Where can I earn professional development units?

Links to Show References:

NBCOT - Keep track of your CAUs and earn more for free with your paid certification

AOTA - Acess free and paid continuing education courses

  • Medbridge has over 150 courses related to school-based OT practice on an easy-to-use website.

  • Use Promo code: OTschoolhouse to get your first year of unlimited courses for $200 versus the $250 advertised rate. The OT Schoolhouse does receive a small commission for any OTs who sign up to use Medbridge with our promo code.

  • has over 70 School-based related courses that you can watch, read, or listen to earn continuing education all for $99 a year.

  • Use the link above to help the OT Schoolhouse earn a small commission when signing up. This helps us to keep bringing you excellent content.

  • Summit provides high-quality online and live courses.

  • Get access to all online courses for $249 per year. For $299 you get access to both online and live in-person seminars.

  • Presence Learning is a company that provides telehealth OT and SLP services to school districts across the nation. As a part of that, they provide several free seminars including a 90-minute presentation with Q&A from Temple Grandin

  • Check out one of our blogs about lessons learned from Joann Sorg, one of Presence Learning's own.

  • is a fantastic blog and resource from long-time Occupational Therapist Cara Koscinski. Not only is she an OT, but she also has children of her own with special needs. she is a great resource and you may even see her name in the conference brochure at your next AOTA conference.

  • OTSchoolhouse is an affiliate for PocketOT as well.

  • Rhythm Works Integrative Dance is a comprehensive dance program for children with special needs. Be sure to visit and hear the founder, Tricia Gomez, on Episode 2 of the OTSH Podcast.

Be sure to subscribe to the OT Schoolhouse email list & get access to our free downloads of Gray-Space paper and the Occupational Profile for school-based OTs.

Have any questions or comments about the podcast? Email Jayson at


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