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There is no shortage of resources available on school-based practice for OT and PT. The difficulty lies in weeding through these resources to determine what is credible and based on available evidence. To assist you, we have provided some of the most helpful and authoritative resources available on school-based practice for OT and PT. Browse by topic below.

Regulatory Resources Related to COVID-19

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Updated through 5/5/2020:  ​Texas Education Agency: COVID-19 and Special Education in Texas Q & A   (New and/or revised items are marked with an orange box in the left margin) 

Hot off the Presses! Texas Education Agency: Considerations for Extended School Year and Compensatory Services for Students with Disabilities During and After School Closures Due to COVID-19​

News regarding SHARS Services Delivered Through Telemedicine or Telehealth​

US Dept of Education Q&A on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities During the Coronavirus 2019 Outbreak

 US Dept of Education: Supplemental Fact Sheet Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities 

US Dept of Education: Secretary DeVos Releases New Resources for Educators, Local Leaders on K-12 Flexibilities, Student Privacy, and Educating Students with Disabilities During Coronavirus Outbreak

Texas Education Agency: COVID-19: Special Education in Texas - Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy​

Texas Education Agency: ARD Committee Considerations During COVID-19

Texas Education Agency: Special Education Guidance: Evaluation Considerations During COVID-19

Texas Education Agency: COVID-19 FAQ: Section 504​

Texas Education Agency: FAPE Reminder

Texas Education Agency: Progress Monitoring Checklist - 4/14/2020​

Dept of Education Student Privacy Policy Office: FERPA and COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Texas Education Agency: COVID-19 Resources for Special Education and Special Populations

NEW Texas Education Agency: COVID-19 Guiding Questions for Educators Providing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Intervention

Texas Education Agency: Logistical Considerations for Paper-Based Packet Pickup to Mitigate Public Health Risks

TEA Region 10 Educational Service Center: R10 Therapy News (includes news about an online virtual meeting for school-based OTs and PTs to be held March 30) 


 

​​Telehealth-Related Resources 

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US Dept of Health and Human Services: Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emerge​ncy

Texas Education Agency: COVID-19 FAQ: Privacy and FERPA Considerations for Virtual Instruction​

Accessibility Support for Students with Disabilities_Assistive Technology.pdf

TEA's Texas Complex Access Network (TxCAN): Remote Learning Guidance for Students with Complex Needs​

Physical Therapy Rules - Texas (see page 8, section 322.5 for Telehealth)

Physical Therapy via Telehealth Q & A (Executive Council of Physical Therapy and​​ Occupational Therapy Examiners)

Occupational Therapy Rules - Texas (Telehealth information spread throughout)

Telehealth Resources from American Occupational Therapy Association

American Physical Therapy Association: Telehealth page

General Overview of Telehealth for Texas Occupational Therapists

Recommendations for Telehealth Service Delivery in Schools_4 13 20.pdf - Recommendations from TOTA School Focus Group Advisory Board​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Informed Consents for Virtual Therapy Services  ​(School districts may use these documents as is or may alter them according to their legal counsel's guidance. If altering, please remove the HCDE logos and use your district's letterhead instead.)

                   Informed Consent for Virtual PT and_or OT services - HCDE.docx

                   Informed Consent for Virtual PT and_or OT services - Spanish.docx​​

                   Informed Consent for Virtual PT services - HCDE.docx

Telehealth in Physical Therapy in Light of COVID-19 (from PT News, 3/16/2020)

Preliminary Guidance: Telehealth for School-Based OT and PT

The AOTA is offering FREE online courses about COVID-19 and OT to members and non-members​

The APTA is offering Online Webinars about Telehealth and other subjects​ - click this link to go to our Featured Article for links to the webinars

 Access to recording of TPTA-sponsored Telehealth Webinar

TelehealthOpportunities_6 7 19.pptx (Refer to current PT board rules. Slides 12-14 of this presentation are now inaccurate. PT Practice Rules have been updated and PTAs are now able to provide telehealth services.)


 COVID-19-Related Resources for School-Based Therapists

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Texas Education Agency: COVID-19 Support for Students with Complex Needs_April 9.pdf​ 

Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy -- C0VID-19 Related News​

COVID-19 Resources for the Physical Therapy Profession

Texas Education Agency - At Home Learning Resources for Students with Disabilities.pdf - April 7, 2020 

Resources to Support School Closures/Distance Learning for Students with Autism

Supporting Individuals with Autism Through Uncertain Times - from University of NC. Includes "Toolkit for Those Supporting Individuals with Autism During COVID-19 Outbreak"​ in multiple languages.

Free resources from Learning Without Tears to support schools and families affected by COVID-19


 ​COVID-19-Related Resources for Teachers and Parents

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Autism Circuit Tools for Teachers and Parents ​

US Dept of Health and Human Services - Talking With Children: TIPS FOR CAREGIVERS, PARENTS, AND TEACHERS DURING INFECTIOUS DISEASE OUTBREAKS 

NEW  ​Tips for Managing Behavior for at Home Learning- from the Texas Education Agency​

NEW  Inclusive Practices for Students with Special Ed Services During COVID19.pdf - from TEA Region 4​ Educational Service Center

NEW  Helping Children Cope with Changes from COVID-19.pdf

NEW  Helping Children Cope with Changes from COVID-19 - Spanish.pdf

NEW  Mental Health Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Youth.pdf - from Mental Health America

NEW!  Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Use at Home, at Play, and Out and About -- Fact sheet from the Centers for Disease Control  


 

​Resources for Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists​

Application of FERPA and HIPPA to student health records

Autism: Current Practice Resources - Fact Sheet  (APTA)

Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs | StopBullying.gov​

Bullying Prevention and Friendship Promotion - AOTA toolkit

Comparison of School-Based Therapy to Clinic-Based Therapy

Documenting the Frequency, Location and Duration of Related Services    

Commissioner's Rules Concerning Special Education

Every Moment Counts    

Evidence-based Practice in Pediatric Physical Therapy

Frequently-Used Acronyms and Terms for School-Based Practice in Texas

The IDEA Partnership Collection on Related Services/Specialized Instructional Support Personnel

Individual Educational Program (IEP) Annual Goal Development - Q & A document

Individuals With Disabilities Education Act  (IDEA website)

International Classification of Functioning Disability and Health - Children and Youth

Learning Module: Related Services - Common Supports for Students with Disabilities

The Legal Framework (ESC 18) 

Motor Development Variations Across Cultures - Resource/Fact Sheet

National Center on Accessible Educational Materials

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (U.S. Department of Education) - Laws and Guidance

Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process    (Also available in Spanish. See Resources for Parents and Families below)

Regional Education Service Centers (ESC) - Overview

Related Services for Students with Disabilities - Questions and Answers (Texas Education Agency) 

NEW ​Texas Education Agency: Review of Existing Evaluation Data (REED) Q & A

School-based vs. Clinic-based Therapy: Region 10

Special Education (Texas Education Agency)  

 
 

TEA Education Service Centers' Statewide Leadership Functions and Projects

TEA Policies: Accommodations for STAAR and TELPAS  

 
 

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills

Transforming Caseload to Workload in School-Based...Therapy Services

Workload Approach: A Pradigm Shift for Positive Impact on Student Outcomes

              

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AOTA Practice Advisory on Occupational Therapy in Response to Intervention

Beyond the Pencil: Expanding the Occupational Therapists' Role in Helping Young Children to Develop Writing Skills​ 

Fact Sheet: Occupational Therapy and Universal Design for Learning

Fact Sheet: Occupational Therapy's Role with Autism

Homework Help from Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy and School Mental Health (AOTA Fact Sheet)

Occupational Therapy and Universal Design for Learning (AOTA Fact Sheet)

Occupational Therapy in School Settings

The Role of Occupatinal Therapy in Providing Assistive Technology and Services

School-Based Occupational Therapy Fact Sheets (AOTA)

Resources for Physical Therapists

APTA Learning Center: Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy (Continuing Education Courses)

APTA Section on Pediatrics

APTA School-Based Therapy Special Interest Group

Assistive Technology and the IEP (APTA)

Assistive Technology Resources (APTA)

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Practice Recommendations for the School-Based Physical Therapy Evaluation

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Selected Assessment Tools for Evaluation in School-Based Practice

Autism Spectrum Disorder: Strategies for PT Collaboration with School-based Teams for Children with ASD

Dosage Considerations: Recommending School-Based Physical Therapy Intervention Under IDEA Resource Manual​

FAQs on Response to Intervention for School-Based PTs

 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
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Resources for Teachers and Administrators  ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Brochure for School Administrators: What is the Role of the School-Based Occupational Therapy Practitioner?

Bullying and Cyberbulling - Texas Project FIRST

Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs | StopBullying.gov

Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process 

Handwriting in the 21st Century? - Why Handwriting Belongs in the Classroom

IEP Annual Goal Development - Q & A document

Internet Safety: Cyberbullying (TEA)

Questions and Answers for Educators: Accessible Educational Materials

Special Education (TEA)

IEP Goal Development in Texas - Online Training (Region 20 ESC)

StopBullying.gov (Many great resources here)

Successful Participation at School: Strategies for All Students (AOTA) 

Successful Participation at School: Strategies for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (AOTA)

TEA Policies: Accommodations for STAAR and TELPAS

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills 

Transforming Careload to Workload in School-Based...Therapy Services

Workload Approach: A Pradigm Shift for Positive Impact on Student Outcomes

 

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Resources for Parents and Families 

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Accessible Playgrounds 

Activities for Kids of All Abilities 

Back to School!  Backpack Safety 

Back to School!  Backpack Strategies for Parents and Students

Brochure: What is the Role of the School-based Occupational Therapist? 

Building Play Skills for Healthy Children & Families 

Bullying and Harassment of Students with Disabilities

Comparison of School-Based Therapy to Clinic-Based Therapy 

Empowering Parents - Partners Resource Network 

Back to School!  Establishing Morning Routines

Back to School!  Establishing Toileting Routines 

Back to School!  Establishing Toileting Routines (Spanish) - Estableciendo Rutinas Para Que Los Ninos y Ninas Vayan al Bano

Family Resources for Fun with Physical Activity and Young Children - Fact Sheet

Homework Help From Occupational Therapy

How to Pick a Toy: Checklist for Toy Shopping 

Is your Child Positioned for School Success? 

Learning Through Play

Parent and Family Resources - TEA

Parent Training and Information Projects

Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process

Parent's Guide to the Admission, Review, and Dismissal Process (Spanish) / Guia Para Padres del Proceso de Admision, Repaso, y Retiro

Partners Resource Network - Empowerment Through Education

Promoting Social-Emotional Development - Introduction for Families and Caregivers

Promoting Social-Emotional Development - Introduction for Families and Caregivers (Spanish) / Promoción del desarrollo socio-emocional: una introducción para las familias y los cuidadores

Promoting Your Child's Development: Information Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities (English)

Promoting Your Child's Development: Information Resources for Families of Children with Disabilities (Spanish) / Promoción del desarrollo de su hijo: Información recursos para familias de niňos con discapacidades

Providing Physical Therapy in the School Systems Under IDEA (English)

Providing Physical Therapy in the School Systems Under IDEA (Spanish) / Provisión de fisioterapia en las escuelas según la IDEA 2004

Questions and Answers for Parents and Families: Accessible Educational Materials

StopBullying.gov​ (Many great resources here)

Texas Project FIRST (Families, Information, Resources, Support, Training)

Back to School!  Tips for Homework Success

What are Public Schools Required to Do When Students with Disabilities Are Bullied?

What Parents Need to Know About School-Based Occupational Therapy 

 

 

 

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Podcasts

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 Autism podcasts

          Autism awareness podcast.mp3Autism awareness podcast.mp3

                Autism FAQs podcast.mp3

                Autism Spectrum Disorder Mealtime podcast 1.mp3

                Autism Spectrum Disorder Mealtime podcast 2.mp3

                OT Toolkit for Autism Speaks.mp3

                Tips for Caregivers on Autism.mp3

                Autism Spectrum Disorder and Inclusion.mp3  

                                       

 

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