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OTS 144: The Kawa Model in Education: Supporting Students by Supporting Teachers

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 144 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

Dive into the OT Schoolhouse Podcast's latest episode, where Jayson welcomes Amy Crosby, whose innovative application of the Kawa Model in education is cultivating an oasis of calm for educators amidst the tempest of school day chaos. 

Join us as Amy reveals how a simple yet profound shift in supporting teachers can ripple into improved classroom dynamics and personal well-being, backed by her engaging workshop results. 

 Don't miss out on this insightful journey through the lens of the Kawa Model to cultivate professional and personal fulfillment for you and the teachers you serve. 

Tune in, and let's navigate the turbulent waters of education together!

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Identify and describe the core concepts of using the Kawa model to support teachers as introduced by Amy Crosby in school-based occupational therapy.

  • Recognize the environmental and personal stress factors in educational settings that were highlighted during the workshop.

  • Recall the strategies for stress reduction taught in the workshop, including deep breathing and thought reframing.

Guest Bio

Amy Crosby received her Master's degree in 2003 and her Post-Professional OTD in 2023 from the Medical University of South Carolina. She has spent most of that time working with children in a variety of settings, such as school systems, acute care, private preschools/day cares, and homes.

One of her favorite things professionally to do is "share the good news" by educating caregivers, teachers, and school administrators about topics within the OT scope in order to help them serve the children.

Her company, Crosby Coastal Therapy LLC, has offered staff trainings and consultative services to schools and day cares for over a decade on a multitude of topics related to children.

Amy has a heart for teachers and used her doctoral capstone project to pour into their social-emotional health so that they may continue pouring into their students.


Highlights from the episode

"As occupational therapists, it's not just about the students; we need to serve and support our teachers as well."

- Amy Crosby, OTD, OTR/L

"Educators are under so much pressure. It's not just about the curriculum; it's about creating an environment where both they and the children can thrive." - Amy Crosby, OTD, OTR/L

"Implementing the Kawa model within a school setting was a novel idea, but it has shown that we can have a real impact on educators' lives."

- Amy Crosby, OTD, OTR/L

"Understanding the environmental factors that cause stress at work can empower us to create more positive and productive learning spaces."

- Amy Crosby, OTD, OTR/L

"Seeing a 10% reduction in stress levels among participants affirms that the intervention we are applying has a tangible positive impact.

- Amy Crosby, OTD, OTR/L

"The classroom is a microcosm of the larger world, and if we can improve flow and engagement there, we can make ripples that extend far beyond its walls."

- Amy Crosby, OTD, OTR/L

When we teach strategies like rainbow breathing, we're not only helping teachers with stress management but also enhancing the classroom atmosphere for the children."

- Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

"We're not just occupational therapists, we are educators and advocates, and sometimes that means adapting our role to meet the needs of those we serve."

- Jayson Davies, MA, OTR/L

Episode Transcript

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