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OTS 129: Why I Love (and Prefer) School-Based OT

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 129 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

Why do you love school-based OT?

On this episode, Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L, explores the world of school-based occupational therapy by highlighting the many advantages of being a school-based OTP. Jayson shares his experiences and insights, highlighting the power of collaboration, the importance of a student’s natural context, and advocating not only for the students but also for ourselves as OTPs.

Tune in to learn more about the ways occupational therapy transforms the lives of students.

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Learners will identify the difference between school-based OT and clinic-based OT

  • Learners will identify how to collaborate on a systems or classroom level

  • Learners will recognize how modifications, accommodations, and assistive technology are used in a school setting

  • Learners will recognize ways to advocate for students and themselves as OTPs

Host Bio

In 2017, Jayson founded the OT Schoolhouse website and now supports school-based OT practitioners via courses, conferences, and the OTS Collaborative community.

With experience as both a contracted therapist and an "in-house" employee for two distinctly different districts, Jayson has had the opportunity to appreciate the differences between both small-rural and large-suburban districts.

Recently, Jayson has put forth his efforts toward supporting therapists interested in tiered intervention, collaborative programming, and managing their workloads.


"School-based occupational therapy is like a kaleidoscope. It brings together different elements of education and therapy and different disabilities to create a vibrant and holistic learning environment for the students that we work with." - Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

“We have to be very creative, we have to be able to come up with things on the fly. But we also need to know how to find solutions” - Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

“We can actually go and see the skill generalized into the natural context. We can go into the classroom and support that skill in the classroom.” - Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

“We also have occupational therapy practitioners who can provide support and provide knowledge on inclusion and justice and equality and individual rights and more for our students." - Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

Episode Transcript

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