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OTS 138: Exploring Alternatives To Pull-out Services in School-based OT

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 138 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

As a school-based Practitioner, have you ever thought about exploring alternatives to traditional pull-out sessions?

If you're looking to expand your scope of practice, increase work efficiency, and provide more individualized services in the least restrictive environment, tune into this episode.

Jayson dives into the benefits of working with students in their natural context, the different service models available, and how to implement them effectively. He discusses many areas from individual and group sessions, to collaboration and consultation with teachers and aides. Listen to learn more!

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Learners will identify ways to support students in the general education and least restrictive environment

  • Learners will identify ways to build rapport with teachers

  • Learners will understand the importance of natural context

  • Learners will understand how to transition to different service models

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.


"Although it's difficult to collaborate, it makes it even more difficult to collaborate when we are constantly using pull out services."

— Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

“Teachers appreciated, when occupational therapy practitioners modeled sensory and behavioral support strategies for the teachers and aides."

— Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

“It gives you some flexibility, to work on those skills, that you may need to do in a group or a pull out setting and then it gives you the other two sessions to generalize them into the classroom.”

— Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

“If we are sharing our knowledge with a student, and the teacher and or the aide, then they can work together when we are not in the room, and that is what leads to consistency.”

— Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L


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