OTSH: 63 - Sensory Integration & Independent Educational Evaluations with Susanne Smith Roley, OTD

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Welcome to the show notes for the Episode 63 of the OT School House Podcast.

In episode 63 of the OT School House Podcast, Jayson interviews a leader in the sensory integration community. Dr. Susanne Smith Roley, OTR/L, OTD, FOTA joins the podcast to talk about how she came to know and love both occupational therapy and sensory integration. We also talk a bit about the history and future of SI. We even address the difficult topic of how and why sensory integration has been criticized over the years within the profession and Dr. Roley provides great insight into the research and fidelity within sensory integration. We finish off this podcast with a discussion on Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs). Listen in for a valuable experience!

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Amazing Narrator, Susanne Smith Roley, Jayson Davies

Amazing Narrator 00:01

Hello, and welcome to the OT schoolhouse podcast, your source for school based occupational therapy, tips, interviews and professional development. Now to get the conversation started, here's your host, Jayson Davies, class is officially in session.

Jayson Davies 00:18

Hello, Welcome everyone to Episode 63 of the OT school health podcast. Thank you all so much for being here with me today. I really appreciate that. We have a really great episode we actually have on an industry leader in the field of sensory integration today. It is Dr. Susanne Smith Roley. And I'm going to introduce her in just a moment, we're going to talk all about sensory integration, how it kind of came to be a thing a little bit, how she got involved with it, where it's going in the future. And then we're also going to talk about independent educational evaluations a little bit she provides IEEs is here in Southern California. So I'm going to pick your brain on IEEs, so stay tuned for that. But first, I wanted to make just a few quick announcements. I want to thank all of you that have already signed up for the back to school conference in August. Super exciting, I can't wait for it. I have received a frequently asked question about it. And that is Will I be providing continuing education units for it? So I want to make it clear right now Yes, I will be providing a certificate of completion for going. Currently it is not AOTA approved. I am working on that. But just keep in mind that NBC OT and most states don't require professional development to be AOTA approved. That being said, I am in the process of working on that. And trust me, I will make a big announcement when it is AOTA approved crossing my fingers. hopefully within the next few weeks that I can do that. All right. Second thing is big announcement to his transcripts, I am now going to be producing transcripts for the OT School House podcast. So if you hear something and you just want to be able to read it as well, be sure to check out the show notes for this one OT schoolhouse.com forward slash Episode 63 you will be able to either view the transcripts right there on the page or download a copy for yourself so you can read it. And I don't know anywhere else you might want to read the transcripts. All right. So that is a little bit of housekeeping for today. Let's go ahead and move on now to my introduction for Dr. Susanne Smith Roley.

Jayson Davies 02:22

Alright, so Susanne is an occupational therapist with over 40 years of experience in pediatric practice specializing in child development, sensory integration, learning difficulties, visual impairment and autism. She obtained her Bachelor in science and OT at Indiana University, her master's in Allied Health Sciences at Boston University and her OTD at the University of Southern California Susanne practices and a private practice in Orange County, California serving children and families through evaluation and consultation services. She was certified in SI sensory integration in 1977, having studied under Dr. Aging errs, who of course we've all heard of. She later co-founded and directed the USC WPS sensory integration certificate program for 15 years. She is currently the co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization Collaborative for leadership and sensory integration, also known as CLASI which we will also talk about a little bit later today. She is a past chair of the Commission on practice and the sensory integration special interest section for AOTA and a contributing author of occupational therapy practice framework domain and process from 2002 and 2008. So she really helped to lay the groundwork for the new OTPF. She is an internationally recognized author and lecturer and co editor of books understanding the nature of sensory integration with diverse populations and sensory integration, applying clinical reasoning to diverse populations. She's a fellow of the American OT Association, and recipient of the American OT Foundation, Virginia Award of Excellence and the American occupational therapy foundation aging airs award. So please help me to welcome Dr. Susanne Smith. Roley.

Jayson Davies 04:03

Hello, Dr. Roley. Welcome to the OT schoolhouse podcast. How are you doing today? I'm good. Jason, thank you for inviting me. Thank you. Yeah, I'm so happy to have you on. And I must say I don't think any occupational therapist or Occupational Therapy Assistant even can graduate out of school without seeing your name somewhere, whether it's in a textbook, or on a article, you have many, many I was actually just looking at your CV the other day. And it's just like pages and pages of so much amazing things that you have done. So thank you so much for being here.

Jayson Davies 04:40

We're gonna get into that research in a bit. But I want to start off with some questions about how you got to where you are in the OT world and how you've made such a huge impact on the OT profession. And so my first question that I want to ask, and I do this with all my guests is, when and why and how did you decided to become an occupational therapist.

Susanne Smith Roley 05:03

Well, it was dumb luck to be on Really? Well, I didn't know what OT was really. But I was I was, you know, a college student. And my mom was a nurse. And I knew I wanted to work in healthcare. And I had volunteered in mental hospitals, and I wanted to do something in mental health, but I knew I did not want to be a nurse. That was great. It was way too messy.

Susanne Smith Roley 05:30

Funny, but then I looked in the catalog, and I was like, Oh, look at that. You can do crafts, and you can do mental health. And, you know, so I signed up, I got into PT School, which was amazing. And then, you know, and then I was like, Whoa, you know, what, what is this? What, what arewe really doing here? And I, but I think honestly, my confusion with what OT was was a contribution, when later I worked on the OT practice framework, I thought, well, students should come in and have a, you know, summary document that they sort of grasp this profession that is so profoundly important and has such a big impact on on our clients. But it's a little hard to wrap your head around. So you know, in that old English term occupation, what does it mean, you know, are you are you getting people back to work, you know, so, you know, that age old thing, you know, what is he? So yeah, I was, I was just lucky.

Jayson Davies