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OTS 133: Engaging Students: The Role of a Student Involvement Committee

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 133 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

In today's episode, Lisa Lodesky and Kate Schoen discuss their experiences and insights on helping students transition into vocational settings. They share stories, challenges, and successes from their own programs they have created.

Discover the importance of providing diverse options for students, learn about the ability to be inclusive within a therapeutic day school, and gain insights into the transitioning process after graduation. Also, find out about innovative solutions in preparing students for their vocational journeys.

Get ready to be inspired and educated as we explore innovative solutions to prepare students for their vocational journeys.

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Learners will identify the importance of providing vocational opportunities for students to discover interests.

  • Learners will understand how to involve the students and teachers to create a more effective learning environment.

  • Learners will identify the benefits of creating realistic job environments, such as a library stand or post office, to foster pre-vocational skills and engagement among students.

Guest(s) Bio

Lisa Lodesky studied Occupational Therapy at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked in a therapeutic day school setting for about two and a half years. Currently, she works with the middle school and transition classrooms. She is very passionate about incorporating functional and vocational skills into all of her OT sessions.

Kate Schoen graduated from Xavier University with a Masters in Occupational Therapy in 2019. She started her first job at a therapeutic day school for children with disabilities and has been there for 3 years now. She currently works with middle school and high school-aged students and is in the classrooms throughout the day. Her sessions typically focus on building functional and pre-vocational skills.


"Our goal is to get students back to districts so they can be in a less restrictive environment."

— Lisa Lodesky

“We've really been trying to focus on getting those younger students involved so that they are better prepared by the time they get to transition.”

— Lisa Lodesky

“Having those opportunities to really expose them to all the different career paths and options out there is really important."

—Kate Schoen

“Providing opportunities for our students to experience different vocational opportunities to discover what they're interested in.”

— Kate Schoen

“These skills that we're working on through a post office, support academic skills, or these skills that we're working on support post-secondary transition, pre-vocational skills."

— Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L


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