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OTS 135: Empowering Teachers with Integrated OT Services

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 135 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

Would you like to have a better understanding of integrated OT services in schools?

In this episode of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast, Dr. Woolley shares many insights on integrated OT services, the importance of understanding individual student needs, collaborating with teachers, and adapting interventions.

She shares valuable insights and strategies for creating an inclusive learning environment. From understanding different service delivery models to integrating multimodal teaching approaches. Tune in now to learn more!

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Learners will Identify how collaboration and effective communication between the OTPs and teachers is very important for successfully integrating OT services.

  • Learners will identify strategies to integrate services into the classroom through collaboration, modeling techniques for teachers, and providing coaching.

  • Learners will recognize the benefits of the co-teaching model and how it can help provide more effective services in the classroom.

  • Learners will recognize the importance to be flexible and adapt approaches to meet the specific needs and culture of each school or classroom

Guest Bio

Dr. Woolley is an experienced educator & occupational therapist with 25+ years of clinical and administrative experience in various clinical settings. She graduated with honors in 1994 with her Bachelor of Science in Special Education from BYU with certifications in mild/moderate and severe/profound disabilities.

She started her career teaching special education in a junior high school life skills classroom, which led to her interest in pursuing a career in occupational therapy. She earned her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1998, as well as her post professional OTD in 2009 from the Sargent College of Health Sciences at Boston University.

Dr. Woolley’s primary area of clinical practice is outpatient pediatrics and school-based practice. During her work as a school based occupational therapy clinician and administrator she was instrumental in developing and implementing a co-teaching model for OTs and special education teachers in the classroom.

She is certified in Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) with the Tourette Association of America, and also has experience providing OT care and services across diverse settings and ages including acute care, out-patient rehabilitation and home health.

She has presented at local, state, and national conferences and continuing education programs on a variety of topics. In her free time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband and five children.


“Don't just share what you do, show what you do.”

Dr. Heidi Woolley

“The natural environment, that's when things are best learned, and that's where they're best generalized.”

Dr. Heidi Woolley

“Having the support of the district, of the department, of the principals, and then of the teachers, you have to get buy-in from those stakeholders to make these interprofessional interventions work."

— Dr. Heidi Woolley

"We can actually do a service to ourselves by instead of trying to get everyone to understand us, to flip that and to better understand the system that we are trying to provide services in."

— Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L


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