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August 16
Tips for GETTING ORGANIZED at the start of the school year | School-Based Therapy
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Denice Tucker, OTR
Manager, School-Based Therapy Services, HCDE
 
·         Print a map of the district from the district website to locate
           schools.
 
·         Collect your student “soft” folders and find out where they
           are securely stored.
 
·         Review ARD/IEP information (are current copies of goals
          and objectives, accommodations/modifications, and services page in your
          soft folder?). 
            
·         Determine ARDed service (time, frequency, duration) and check to make sure
           service time in your records matches that on the service page in the IEP.
 
·         If you are a PT, check to make sure the medical referrals for your students are up-
           to-date.
 
·         Familiarize yourself with the student’s current IEP.
 
·         Meet principals, office staff, diagnosticians, and ARD chairperson at your schools
           and provide them with your contact information.
 
·         Meet/e-mail teachers and find out their schedules; find out when the student is doing
           the activity the activity that the IEP is addressing; give them your contact information.
 
·         Organize a personal system to manage documentation, such as a notebook with
           student attendance, student attendance, progress notes, and IEP objectives.
 
·         Locate resources and test materials in your district.
 
·         Observe your assigned students in the classroom.
 
·         Think through intervention strategies and decide how to serve students in context by
           embeding strategies; write an intervention plan. If needed, write a plan for your OTA
           or PTA.
 
·         Pick up referrals that pertain to your schools and know the process to proceed.
 
·         Identify district procedures for securing parent consent.
 
·         Ask about the paper flow in your district.
 
·         Determine how and where to obtain needed equipment.