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School-Based OT Symposium

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Virtual 2nd Annual School-Based OT Symposium

Promoting Excellence in School-Based Practice (earn up to 6.25 PDUs)

Evidence – Meaningful Occupation – Links to Curriculum – Tools to Support Practice

September 12, 2020
Morning Session (2.75 PDUs) | 8:30am - 11:30am PDT
BONUS 1: Update - Pandemic and School Closures (0.5 PDUs) | Noon - 12:30 PDT
Afternoon Session (2.50 PDUs) | 12:30pm - 3:30pm PDT
BONUS 2: Ask the Experts (0.5 PDUs) | 3:45pm - 4:15pm PDT
Both bonus sessions included for all registrants.

Zoom Webinar - Information emailed once registration has been completed.

MORNING THEME: Promoting Data Driven Practice

Erna BlanchErna Blanche, PhD,OTR/L, FAOTA

Clinical Reasoning in the Process of Gathering Information and Designing Intervention Programs (2.75 PDUs)

This short course is designed for clinicians who have a basic understanding of sensory processing and wish to enhance the clinical reasoning skills utilized during the assessment and intervention process. Through the use of videos, case studies, and didactic presentation, the participant will learn to organize and interpret the information gathered through standardized assessments, observations, and surveys and link it to participation issues identified in the reason for referral. Once the data has been collected, the participants will learn to plan the intervention using a hypothesis generation organizational model. The participants will have the opportunity to bring their own video cases to practice their skills during the course.

Lisa Test

Erin Dolin
Lisa Test, OTD, OTR/L
Erin Dolin, EdD, OTR/L

BONUS 1: Pandemic and School Closures (0.5 PDUs)

BYOL (bring your own lunch) and questions to this informal dialogue.


Gabriella HartGabriella Hart, Special Education Teacher, Harold L. Woods Elementary School, Clovis Unified School District

Promoting Self-Determination and Engagement in Meaningful Occupations Lost & Found Program (1 PDU)

The Lost & Found Program at Woods Elementary School is operated by 4th through 6th grade students who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder. The students are responsible for maintaining the lost items (sorting, hanging, folding), managing the Woods lost and found website (numbering the items, taking and uploading pictures of lost items, checking for emails from parents claiming items), and returning items to their owners (finding different rooms across campus, taking items, clearly stating whose item it is, etc.)
This presentation will provide participants with information about promoting transition skills with the development of implementation of a lost & found program for students with autism and disabled students.

Bonnie NakasujiBonnie Nakasuji, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT, FAOTA

Steppin' Up Group Transition Program (1.5 PDUs)
Preparing Adolescents for Life After High School

This presentation will describe the creation and implementation (including successes and challenges) of an occupational therapy-led, transition-group program focused on addressing life and pre-vocational skills for high-risk adolescents.

Lisa Test

Erin Dolin
Lisa Test, OTD, OTR/L
Erin Dolin, EdD, OTR/L

BONUS: Ask the Experts (0.5 PDUs)

Providers will have an opportunity to 'ask the experts.' An electronic survey will be sent out prior to the Symposium.