OTs and OTAs – Thank you
for all you do to make students’ lives better!!
out helpful (and some fun) links below:
Therapy in School Settings
School-Based OT Fact Sheets
Tip Sheets - Children and Youth
and Youth - Evidence-Based Practice Resources
Competency Assessment Platform
in the 21st Century (Why handwriting belongs in the
Successful Participaton at School -
TxSpot March Resource of the
Online Resources for
Keyboarding Practice (including games)
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To Consult or Not
to Consult: That is the Question.
by Janine Calmes, PT, MS
In 2016, the American Occupational
Therapy Association (AOTA) published Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines
for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (AOTA 2016). It is part of a
series of practice guidelines published by AOTA. This book covers the state of
evidence on a multitude of interventions an occupational therapy practitioner
might use and is a “must read” for those who interact with persons on the
spectrum. To give just a taste of the valuable information in this book, I
summarize below the evidence on social narratives/Social Stories.
Manager, School-Based Therapy Services, HCDE
Jean Polichino, OTR, MS, FAOTA
Director, School Based Therapy Services, HCDE
It's About Time!
What is a Therapist’s Obligation for Making Up Missed
As with many things in special education,
the answer to the question, “Do we have to make up missed therapy sessions?” is,
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OTR, MS, FAOTASenior Director, School-based Therapy Services, Harris
County Dept. of Education
It has been a very busy year for those
responsible for regulating the practice of occupational therapy (OT) and
physical therapy (PT) in our state. The agency that supports the licensing of
practitioners from both disciplines, the Executive Council for Occupational
Therapy and Physical Therapy Examiners (ECPTOTE, is undergoing the process of
Sunset Review by the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission. Every state agency must
undergo this process periodically, justifying its existence to commission
members who are tasked with identifying and eliminating waste, duplication and
inefficiency. The ECPTOTE review was in preparation for the 2017 legislative
session, as the Commission must make recommendations to the legislature and
governor whether there remains a compelling reason for Texas taxpayers to
continue to benefit from licensing OTs and PTs, and if so, whether there are
cost-saving measures the state could take in administering the licensing
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Melinda McGouldrick, OTR, MOTManager, School-Based Therapy Services, Harris County
Dept. of Education
reason, you have decided it’s the right time to change from being a therapist in
the hospital, clinic, or skilled nursing facility. You are experienced in your
current world, you know the language, you speak in familiar acronyms, and the
processes and equipment are familiar and routine. Yes, you educate.
You give home programs, you are involved in discharge planning, and you
Happy National Occupational Therapy
Check out our useful links.
Discusses provision of direct
services versus consultative (indirect) services compared to integrated
Happy National Physical Therapy
Month! Enjoy some helpful links.
Summarizes evidence for use of Social
Stories for persons with ASD as given in the book, Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Individuals with
Autism Spectrum Disorders (AOTA 2016).
How do we go about developing and
How to determine if missed visits
must be made up.
Ideas to help establish yourself as
part of the team.
Tips to get organized at the start
of the school year.
Update on the Sunset Review process
for the Texas OT and PT Licensing Board.
What to expect; Some differences
between school-based therapy and clinic-based therapy.
Wrapping up your school year: Making
sure your documentation is complete for the next year or the next
Evaluation tools for Adapted
PTs and OTs and Adapted Physical
Education in Texas
Points to consider when a parent
brings an advocate or lawyer to an ARD meeting.
Explains the focus on literacy in
Handwriting referrals to school
OTs related to STAAR and STAAR-A tests.
When is it time to dismiss a student
from therapy services?
The academic benefits of physical
Transitioning from caseload to
Screening for sleep deprivation.
Questioning the "why" behind lack of
motivation at school.
When to use standardized assessment