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OTS 152: Greatest Hits: Fostering Safe & Regulating Environments in the Classroom

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 152 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

School-based occupational therapists wear many hats. Sometimes we treat students individually and other times we have to train the teachers in ways they can support students in the classroom.

In this greatest hits episode, Join Jayson & Jamie as they talk about supporting teachers in fostering safe and regulating environments in the classroom for students with sensory differences.  

If you did not catch the original airing of this episode when it was released, or if you simply want to dive into a really good episode on how sensory processing impacts student participation, have a listen during your next walk, drive, or workout.

Listen now to learn the following objectives:

  • Learners will identify what is our role in addressing sensory processing in school-based OT

  • Learners will identify strategies that can be used to provide support to students with sensory differences in the classroom

  • Learners will determine what impact the sensory system has on student performance and engagement

Guests Bio

Dr. Jamie Chaves, a native of Illinois, she attended undergraduate school at Bradley University with degrees in Health Science and Psychology. She earned her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy (OTD) at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

Much of her twelve year career as an occupational therapist has been rooted in sensory integration theory and practice. Learning is truly one of her passions, and she understands that collaborating with an integrated team is the key to holistic care — she offers one of many important pieces to the puzzle. 

In 2020 and 2021 she co-authored The Why Behind Classroom Behaviors and Creating Sensory Smart Classrooms, respectively, in order to support and equip educators who have students with various learning needs. As a mom of three young kids, you can often find her at the beach, Legoland, or any playground around San Marcos, CA. Running is what she does to regulate and reflect.


“The amygdala is really the center that determines what is safe and unsafe, should I be fearful of this or not fearful of this?” 

- Jamie Chaves, OTD,OTR/L, SWC

“ If you keep attending to a child's regulation needs… they are gonna feel safe and they are gonna feel like they have their needs met, and that you can problem solve together and find a different pathway forward.”

- Jamie Chaves, OTD,OTR/L, SWC

 “Empowering teachers to be able to ask different questions and see behaviors in a different light.”

- Jamie Chaves, OTD,OTR/L, SWC

“Instead of behavioral approach for an hour or 5 minutes for regulation, what if we spent that entire hour with the regulation approach and co-regulating with the student”

-Jayson Davies, M.A, OTR/L


Here is a sneak peek at the upcoming 3-part  Sensory Summer Series  in OT Schoolhouse Collaborative Community with Dr. Chaves:

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