Welcome to Resource of the Month, featuring books or other resources that have been recommended by some of our occupational therapist or physical therapist staff 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:
Link for webinar brochure and registration: TOTA Multi-Tiered System of Support webinar flyer
Please note: TOTA will use the Teach:able platform for this
webinar. It is recommended that participants register for a Teach:able
account before registering for the webinar. If you do not already have a Teach:able account, create an
account by going to TOTA Teach:able Account and click on the “Sign up with email" button.
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