OTS 38: Creating a Referral Process & School-Based Occupational Therapy Manual

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Welcome to the show notes for Episode 38 of the OT Schoolhouse Podcast.

In this episode, Jayson interviews Danielle Delorenzo OTR/L, My Bui OTR/L, and soon-to-be OTR/Ls Michelle Vuong, Mary Nguyen, & Rivka Negin Rahmani (Students in the Stanbridge University Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy Program at the time of the recording).

This fantastic group of OTs and OT students shares how they developed an evidence-based referral process and occupational therapy manual. This group has spent over a year together working on this manual for a school district in Southern California and recently presented their manual in a presentation at the Western Regional Occupational Therapy Symposium in San Diego. With any luck, they may also be presenting at #AOTA2019 in Boston, Ma.

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Interested in learning more about the special guests in this episode, simply scroll down (May not be visible on a mobile device).

Objectives for this Professional Development Podcast

Listeners will:

1. Identify and understand the need for an educational occupational therapy manual within a school setting and how to develop/ modify/ implement an educational occupational therapy manual within a school district

2. Demonstrate the ability to identify how an occupational therapist can assist teachers in general education through the use of RtI (Response to Intervention) via collaboration and consultation

3. Educate and empower all teachers and district staff on how an occupational therapist can provide strategies to support all student's foundational fine motor and sensory processing skills necessary for optimal engagement in academic tasks.

Links to Show References:

  • Download the 40+ slides that go along with this Podcast presentation including the references.

Educational Occupational Therapy Manual_ A District-Wide Resource - PPT
Download PDF • 2.25MB

  • Follow along as you listen, or review at home afterward!

  • Also, Download the 3 referral processes discussed in the show here​

  • Special Education Referral​

Referral Process
Download PDF • 153KB

  • General Education Referral

Referral process_Gen ed teacher
Download PDF • 143KB

  • Parent Concerns/Referral

Referral Process _ Parent Concerns
Download PDF • 153KB

Danielle Delorenzo, OTR/L is the creator of Mornings with an OT Mom, a multimedia experience about understanding the science behind play and everyday activities and their connection to overall development, emotional regularity, and academic achievement. Danielle is also the Co-Creator of Mindfulness in Motion. Together, with her work wife/business partner My Bui - Elevated State of Play, they are shifting the mindset of the masses by spreading the knowledge about how integrating movement and mindfulness can help to increase academic performance, life-productivity, and emotional regularity across a lifespan.

Danielle is currently enrolled at the University of St. Augustine’s pursuing her post-professional doctorate degree in Occupational Therapy. She has a Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy, and postgraduate studies in Infant Mental Health. She is a full-time lead educational occupational therapist and previously was an adjunct professor/thesis advisor for the MSOT program at Stanbridge University. She has 20 years of experience in Special Education. It is her dream to empower all individuals with the tools necessary to facilitate independence, maximize educational potential, foster positive overall development, and support optimal emotional regularity necessary to navigate through life and be as successful as they can!