Welcome to Resource of the Month, featuring books or other resources that have been recommended by some of our occupational therapist or physical therapist team members. We are building quite an archive; be sure to check out some of the resources that were recommended in past months. Enjoy!
This Month’s Recommended Resource:
TOTA's OT and PT School Conference
(on-demand sessions now available)
Link: TOTA 2023 OT & PT Service Delivery in Schools - on demand sessions
From the School-Based Therapy Services division of Harris County Department of Education:
School-Based Leadership Groups
School-based personnel meet via Zoom to discuss topics, exchange information and ideas, discuss strategies, explore solutions, and connect with other interested individuals. The 30-minute meetings are held online during lunchtime.
Physical Therapy Leadership Group
Meeting content will focus on school-based physical therapists and physical therapist assistants
Meeting Time: 12:00 Noon – 12:30 PM
Meeting Dates: September 19, October 17, November 14, January 16, February 20, March 19, April 16
Register in advance for this meeting:
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
And our NEW
Occupational Therapy Leadership Group
Meeting content will focus on school-based occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants
Meeting Dates: September 28, October 19, November 9, January 11, February 8, March 7, April 11
Register in advance for this meeting:
(After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.)
Resource of the Month for July 2023 is an in-person conference for school-based
physical therapy. The conference, offered by the APTA Academy of Pediatric
Physical Therapy’s School Special Interest Group, highlights advanced practice
issues as well as foundational information for school-based practice. Sessions provide
information on decision-making and educationally relevant physical therapy
services to support students with disabilities in their educational programs. Nationally
recognized speakers address federal laws, assessment, service provision,
clinical education, and mentorship, as well as innovations in practice.
Fun Summer Activities for Kids with Special Needs (Part 2)
The Resource of the Month for June 2023 is the second of a 2-part series about fun summer activities for children with special needs. This month we focus on accessible beaches, inclusive playgrounds, adaptive sports, and family day trips/staycations.
List of some…
Beaches: The Texas Open Beaches Act states that “the public…shall have free and unrestricted right of ingress and egress to and from the state-owned beaches." We list several well-known Texas beaches that are accessible to persons with disabilities and have beach wheelchairs available.
Inclusive Playgrounds/Parks: We list information about accessible playgrounds and parks in Texas plus two news items.
Adaptive Sports and Recreation: We have links to Special Olympics and to two adaptive sports programs, one in the Fort Worth area and one in Nederland. Some of the sports and recreational opportunities offered include baseball, soccer, fishing, boating, Tae Kwon Do, kayaking, and water skiing.
Family Day Trips: Family-friendly day trips and staycation ideas around Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and Austin.
The Resource of the Month for May 2023 is the first of a 2-part series about fun summer activities for children with special needs. This month we will focus on summer camps. Why go to camp? Because camp is a lot of fun! During games, songs, and group activities, children learn new skills. They can meet other people with disabilities, practice making choices, learn to work in groups, practice social skills, and enjoy being outside in nature.There are two main types of camps: inclusionary camps and camps that are designed just for kids with disabilities or special needs. Camps may be day camp, weekend camp, or overnight (sleepaway) camp. Click on the link below for a document with information about summer camps. The document has links to an article from Navigate Life Texas with great information about Sending Your Child to Camp. The document also has links to lists of camps in Texas for children with special needs.Information about Summer Camps in Texas
The Resource of the Month for May 2023 is the first of a 2-part series about fun summer activities for children with special needs. This month we will focus on summer camps.
Why go to camp? Because camp is a lot of fun!
During games, songs, and group activities, children learn new skills. They can meet other people with disabilities, practice making choices, learn to work in groups, practice social skills, and enjoy being outside in nature.
There are two main types of camps: inclusionary camps and camps that are designed just for kids with disabilities or special needs. Camps may be day camp, weekend camp, or overnight (sleepaway) camp.
Click on the link below for a document with information about summer camps. The document has links to an article from Navigate Life Texas with great information about Sending Your Child to Camp. The document also has links to lists of camps in Texas for children with special needs.
Information about Summer Camps in Texas
In honor of National Occupational Therapy Month
A new Featured Article on TxSpot: What About Tracing? Tracing worksheets are a popular classroom tool to aid developing writers and struggling writers. But what do recent studies say about the use of tracing worksheets? Read this article to find out and to learn the most effective methods for learning to write. The article includes links to helpful resources.March 2023
TxSpot's new Professional Development webinar!
Dysgraphia: Identification to Intervention
Explore the topic of dysgraphia.
Why is handwriting an important topic? How do handwriting skills develop? What is dysgraphia? How do we identify it? What does research say about effective intervention?
Who should watch this webinar?
Occupational therapy practitioners Special Education Administrators General and Special Education teachers Parents Others who are interested in learning about dysgraphia.
Find the Dysgraphia webinar on the TxSpot Professional Development page.
Regular physical activity is one of the most important things people can do to improve their health. Moving more and sitting less have tremendous benefits for everyone, regardless of age, sex, race, ethnicity, or current fitness level. The scientific evidence continues to build—physical activity is linked with even more positive health outcomes than we previously thought.
This edition of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans is grounded in the most current scientific evidence. It provides guidance on the amounts and types of physical activity necessary to maintain or improve overall health and reduce the risk of, or even prevent, chronic disease.
School-based therapists will be especially interested in Chapter 2 (with its information about health benefits of physical activity) and in Chapter 3 (which details guidelines for active children and adolescents, including some real-life examples).
Here is an old favorite! – a repeat of the December 2019 Resource of the Month –
just in time for the 2022 holiday season!
“Tips to Select Toys for Children with Special Needs"
from the American Physical Therapy Association. It has suggestions for types of toys that may delight children with special needs and various abilities. There is also a link to a podcast by two mothers raising children with special needs and a panel discussion of toy buying tips for the holidays.
So, check it out and maybe share it with parents of the students you serve.Happy Holidays!
Click here for the festive link! Tips for Toys for Children with Special Needs
In honor of National Physical Therapy Month, October's Resource of the Month is a new video posted on TxSpot's Professional Development page:
SCHOOL-BASED PHYSICAL THERAPY – WHAT IS THAT?
Watch this short video to discover more about school-based physical therapy practice and some of the ways in which it differs from physical therapy practice in other settings. Also hear from some school-based physical therapists and physical therapist assistants about their practice in schools.
Who should view this video?
Anyone who wants to learn more about school-based physical therapy.
Physical therapists and physical therapist assistants who want to share with others about their practice in the school setting.
Link to video: School-Based Physical Therapy - What is That?
THE ART AND SCIENCE OF HANDWRITING INTERVENTION
NOV. 9, 2022 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
(Available Livestream and On Demand through Dec. 31, 2022)
The speaker: Dr. Beverly Moskowitz,
A nationally recognized speaker and author of the
Size Matters Handwriting Program
This workshop is designed to help occupational therapy practitioners and educators design and implement handwriting instruction that reflects current educational policy and practices alongside the latest evidence and research on handwriting intervention.
Audience: Occupational Therapy Practitioners, General and Special Education Teachers.
5.25 contact hours CEU, CPE.
Registration deadline for Livestream: October 31; Registration deadline for On Demand: December 16
(Registrants will have course materials mailed to them)
For more information & to register, follow the link:
The Art and Science of Handwriting Intervention - workshop flyer and registration
The School-Based Therapy Services division of Harris County Department of Education sponsors
including virtual meetings where school-based personnel meet to discuss topics, exchange information and ideas, discuss strategies, explore solutions, and connect with other like-minded individuals.
Physical Therapy Leadership Group
Open to school-based physical therapists and physical therapist assistants
Meeting Time: 12:00 Noon – 12:30 PM
Third Tuesday Meeting Dates: September 20, November 15, January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18
Link for Physical Ttherapy Leadership Group meeting: https://hcde-texas-org.zoom.us/j/83056271095?pwd=enFEUmxEN1I2cFR1Y3hlR3ZlQnRwUT09
Mental Health Leadership Group
Open to any interested person
Second Tuesday Meeting Dates: September 13, November 8, February 14, April 11
Texas Occupational Therapy Association presents:
School-based Occupational Therapy: Solutions for Multi-tiered System of Support
June 11, 2022 10 AM – 12 PM CDT
Speaker: Lou Ann Hintz, PhD, OTR
Current occupational therapy literature and federal legislation support school-based occupational therapists' participation in multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). Yet many school-based occupational therapists struggle to implement. This interactive virtual webinar will share recent research which describes teachers' experiences with occupational therapists who participate in MTSS and illustrate precisely how some occupational therapists across the nation are having success with MTSS. Solutions will be shared to support occupational therapists in advocating for their role in MTSS, outlining their role and scope, and establishing documentation for data collection.
Cost of Webinar: TOTA member: FREE Non-member OT/OTA: $30 Non-member student: $15
Click here for the conference brochure and link to registration: TOTA Multi-Tiered System of Support flyer
School-Based Physical Therapy: Collaboration with School District Carpenters
May's Resource of the Month is a short video by Nora Contreras, one Harris County Department of Education's own physical therapist assistants. Nora describes how collaboration between physical therapy and her school district's carpentry department has resulted in custom-built adaptive equipment specifically designed to meet the needs and goals of individual students. The video features 3 charming youngsters and 5 different examples of custom-built equipment.
The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2020, Vol. 74, No. 2
Interventions Within the Scope of Occupational Therapy to Improve Children's Academic Participation:
A Systematic Review
The objective of this research article was “To examine the effectiveness of interventions within the scope of occupational therapy practice to improve academic participation of children and youth ages 5-21 yr." It was supported and funded by AOTA as part of its Evidence-Based Practice Project.
A total of 46 studies were included in the review; these were “based on three themes: (1) interventions to support participation and learning in the classroom; (2) interventions to support motivation and participation in literacy, including combined reading, written expression, and comprehension; and (3) interventions to support handwriting."
Joint Statement on Interprofessional Collaborative Goals in School-Based Practice
“highlights a process for IEP team members to collaborate to develop IEP goals to support students with disabilities in participation in school life.
A group of occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs), physical therapists (PTs), and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) with extensive experience in school practice worked together to summarize considerations for collaborative goal writing. However, the information shared in this document was designed for use by any team of professionals developing collaborative IEP goals, and can be shared with administrators, families, IEP team members, and advocates to demonstrate the steps involved in this process."
Thursday January 27, 3:30 – 5:30 PM CST
Presented by Educational Service Center - Region 6
Speaker: Dr. Anne Watson, OT, PhD
Sensory processing differences is an often-used term that may be applied loosely to explain difficulties some children have with participating in school activities. This presentation is recommended for teachers, OTs, LSSPs, and diagnosticians. [Dr. Watson] will review specifically the sensory differences associated with autism and ADHD. The presentation also includes a review of intervention strategies that can be used in the classroom to address the behaviors associated with sensory differences and how the efficacy of those strategies can be measured.
The Girl Who Thought in Pictures – The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin (Amazing Scientists Book 1)
Written by Julia Finley Mosca; Illustrated by Daniel Rieley
If you've ever felt different,
if you've ever been low,
if you don't quite fit in,
There's a name you should know.
TEMPLE GRANDIN's that name.
In her tale you'll find glory.
So, get ready, get set,
for this cowgirl's TRUE story.
So begins The Girl Who Thought in Pictures – The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin, a book to share with children of (almost) any age. It is “the first book in a brand new educational series about the inspirational lives of amazing scientists." In addition to the charmingly illustrated rhyming tale, the book includes a short complete biography, a timeline of events, fun facts, and a note from Dr. Grandin herself. The book, rated 4.9 of 5 stars in global reader ratings, has won multiple awards including “Dolly Gray Children's Literature Award Recipient," “A Mighty Girl Book of the Year," and is a selection for “National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) Best STEM books for K-12" and for “NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books."
“You're Going to Love This Kid!" – Teaching Students with Autism in the Inclusive Classroom
By Paula Kluth
This second edition of the best-selling “You're Going to Love This Kid!" by Paula Kluth is “fully revised and more practical than ever."
Well-loved by educators for its creative ideas and inspiration, this new edition is “the ultimate practical guide to including students with autism, teaching them effectively and sensitively, and appreciating the gifts they bring to the classroom."
Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network
Texas Education Agency's Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports Network has a wealth of authoritative information and recorded webinars helpful to school-based occupational and physical therapists. Below are examples of some of the topics related to Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports.
Explore these subpages for everything you need to know about Child Find, Evaluation, and ARD Supports in Texas.
Evaluation subpage Topics
Initial Evaluations Reevaluations Evaluation Procedures
Review of Existing Disability Criteria and Timelines
Evaluation Data Eligibility Determination
In addition, you'll find links to other helpful websites such as “SpedTex" and “The Legal Framework."
Taking Charge of ADHD –
The Complete, Authoritative Guide for Parents
by Dr. Russell A. Barkley
This is the 4th edition of the leading resource for parents about attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) authored by internationally recognized authority, Dr. Russell A. Barkley. The book is offered in print and e-book forms. It has been revised and updated with the latest information and resources. It features information on:
New content includes a chapter on health risks associated with ADHD, the latest information on causes of the disorder, current facts on medications, sibling issues, and advice for parents who may have ADHD themselves.
“This is not just another book. This is a GREAT book…. Although aimed at parents, (it) has something for everyone involved with ADHD kids: teachers, psychologists, doctors, and family." – Pediatric News
Universal Design for Learning – FREE online learning modules
Texas Education Agency's Region 4 Educational Service Center is offering
5 FREE online learning modules about Universal Design for Learning.
Sign up for one or more. Share with teachers.
But you will need to hurry! Registration for the series closes at 12:00 AM on April 30, 2021.
UDL Module 1: Universal Design for Learning Overview - Session ID 1589765
In this module, you will gain an understanding of the need for UDL in today's classrooms. You will be introduced to the key vocabulary, foundational concepts, and perspective needed to fully grasp the complexity and significance of the UDL Framework.
UDL Module 2: The UDL Framework - Session ID 1589763
In this module, you will gain an in-depth understanding of the UDL framework, including its structure, curricular components, and the research behind it. You will understand the alignment between the 3-brain networks for learning and the three UDL guiding principles.
UDL Module 3: The Engagement Principle - Session ID 1589761
In this module, you will take a deep dive into the UDL principle of Multiple Means of Engagement and the associated checkpoints. Through scenarios, examples, and activities, you will explore sample lesson plans and apply your understanding of how and when to utilize the UDL strategies associated with this principle.
UDL Module 4: Multiple Means of Representation - Session 1589759
In this module, you will take a deep dive into the UDL principle of Multiple Means of Representation and the associated checkpoints. Through scenarios, examples and activities, you will explore sample lesson plans and apply your understanding of how and when to utilize the UDL strategies associated with this principle.
UDL Module 5: Multiple Means of Action and Expression - Session 1589692
In this module, you will take a deep dive into the UDL principle of Multiple Means of Action and Expression and the associated checkpoints. Through scenarios, examples, and activities, you will explore sample lesson plans and apply your understanding of how and when to utilize the UDL strategies associated with this principle.
TxSpot's Resource of the Month for January 2020 is CanChild and its off-shoot, the Childhood Cerebral Palsy Integrated Neuroscience Discovery Network (CP-net).
CanChild is a non-profit and educational center located at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada. They are dedicated to improving the lives of children with a variety of developmental conditions and their families over the lifespan. They are a “premier source for childhood disability information." The website includes information about diagnoses, research in practice, and a resource page.
CP-net is a program designed to improve the understanding of cerebral palsy (CP) and to accelerate the development of new treatments. Its ultimate goal is to improve the lives of people with CP and their families. The website includes resources such as posters, videos, and reports on CP-related research. There are also webinars and presentations such as “Transitioning to Adult Care: Experiences from Youth and Young Adults," “Communication Technology for Children with Cerebral Palsy," and “Covert (and Overt) Attitudes Toward Disability."
Each website also provides access to a monthly (CanChild) or quarterly (CP-net) Newsletter so you can get the latest updates.
Here are the links for these great resources:
Click here for access to the SPEDTex website: SpedTX.org
Autism Spectrum Disorder Podcasts
Autism Awareness podcast
Autism FAQs podcast
Autism Spectrum Disorder Mealtime podcast 1
The Occupational Therapist’s Handbook for Inclusive School Practices
by Rebecca A Moyes
by Lori Ernsperger and Tania Stegen-Hanson
Recommended by WL, OTR, Katy Independent School District
"Just Take a Bite" takes parents and professionals step by step through the myths about eating to the complexity of eating itself, which leads to an understanding of physical, neurological and/or psychological reason why children may not be eating as they should.
Helpful chapters include:
· Who Are Resistant Eaters?
· Oral-Motor Development
· Environmental and Behavioral Factors Contributing to Problems with Eating
· Sensory-Based and Motor-Based Problems Affecting the Resistant Eater
· Motor-Based Eating Problems vs. Sensory-Based Eating Problems
· Designing and Implementing a Comprehensive Treatment Plan
· Environmental Controls
· Gastrointestinal, Physical and Oral-Motor Development
· Stages of Sensory Development for Eating
· A Recipe for Success
Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Schools
by Gloria Frolek Clark
Recommended by TF, OTR, Spring Independent School District