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Creating Sensory-motor Smart Environments in OT School Settings:
An OT Practitioner's Perspective

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Live Webinar

Creating Sensory-motor Smart Environments in OT School Settings: An OT Practitioner's Perspective

Tuesday, August 20, 2024
7 pm (CDT) | 8 pm (EDT)
$40 | 2.0 Contact Hour, 0.20 CEUs,
 2.5 PDUs

Educational level: Intermediate

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery

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For school-aged children, engagement in meaningful occupations occurs at the interplay of the student, the context, and the occupation.  OT practitioners can support meaningful engagement by assessing and addressing occupational performance including sensory-motor aspects as it relates to the school environment and then creating a sensory-motor smart environment that best meets student needs for positive outcomes.

In this course, Vera Gallagher will present her perspective on how OT practitioners may asses and create Sensory-motor smart environments for students, classrooms, and buildings in the school setting. 

This course is an intermediate level course that will focus on applying foundational knowledge to a case study from the presenter's perspective.

Target Audience: Occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, occupational therapy students

This occupational therapy continuing education course uses the following instructional methods: visual aides (ie slides), live discussion, discussion board, guided note taking, and learning, and practice opportunities.

Content disclosure: This course does not exclusively focus on any specific product or service.

Presented by:
Vera Gallagher, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
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Benefits of this course
  • Analyze and assess activities and tools to create a SMSE with a case study for positive student outcomes. 

  • Integrate knowledge of sensory function and motor skill development to create a SMSE in the educational setting. 
  • Apply the distinct value of occupational therapy with the historical perspective to create a sensory-motor smart environment (SMSE). 

What OTs and OTAs are saying about this course

"I enjoyed hearing the ways to address each sense in the classroom (visual, auditory, tactile...)."

OT Course Participant 

"This course was well formatted, easy to access, and relevant to school-based practice."

OTA Course Participant

"After this course I plan to listen more carefully to the teachers to determine what their learning style is in order to incorporate them more in my recommendations.""

OT Course Participant
Instructor bioS
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Vera Gallagher, OTD, OTR/L, BCP
Aspire OT Instructor

Vera is a pediatric board-certified practitioner with over thirty years of experience in school-based practice. She obtained a post-professional doctorate degree researching the practice patterns and perceptions of occupational therapists collaborating with teachers. She is passionate about leadership and advocacy roles as central themes for occupational therapy providers. Positive reviews from local, state and national presentations ensure attendees will enjoy an interactive learning experience. 


Financial: Vera is compensated as an Aspire OT instructor. 

Non Financial:  Vera does not have any non-financial disclosures.
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Course Outline

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 6-10 minutes 

11-20 minutes

21-40 minutes

41-60 minutes

61-70 minutes


91-100 minutes

101-115 minutes

115-120 minutes

 Introduction and Objectives 

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Background and distinct value 

Creating a sensory-motor smart environment considerations – tiered supports and collaboration 

ccupation-based assessments 

Sensory Aspects – Our 5 senses + 3 

Motor Aspects – UDL and tech   

SMSE examples , facilitators and barriers 

Case Study exemplar and breakout session with regrouping  

Completion Requirements
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In order to receive the certificate of completion, participants must meet ALL of the following criteria:
  • Payment of the course in full
  • Attend webinar in its entirety
  • Complete Attestation of Attendance
  • Pass the course exam with a score of 70% or greater
  • Complete the Post Course Evaluation
Please note that no credit or certificate will be issued unless all criteria is met.  Partial credit will not be issued.  
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Aspire OT is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.
Course approval ID# 07410
This Distance Learning-Interactive course is offered at 0.2 CEUs (Intermediate level, OT Service Delivery)
The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
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