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OT in School Settings: A New Practitioner Panel Discussion

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OT in School Settings: A New Practitioner Panel Discussion

Wednesday, May 1, 2024
7 pm (CDT) | 8PM (EDT)
1.0 Contact Hour, 0.10 CEUs

Educational level: Introductory

Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery

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Are you a new practitioner embarking on a journey to work with children in the school system? Join us for a dynamic live panel discussion tailored to occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants who are either currently working in or considering entering the realm of pediatric practice within school settings.

If you are not a new practitioner but would like to be a part of the discussion, you are welcome to attend!

During this panel discussion, seasoned occupational therapy professionals will share their insights, experiences, and expertise, offering invaluable guidance to support your professional growth. Whether you have burning questions about navigating the challenges of school-based practice or seek practical advice on enhancing your therapeutic interventions, this event is designed to cater to your needs.

Earn Continuing Education Credits:
Participation in this live professional development activity qualifies attendees for continuing education credits, enabling you to further your professional development while engaging in meaningful discussions and learning from experienced practitioners.

Ask Your Burning Questions:
This panel discussion encourages active participation from attendees. Take advantage of this platform to ask experienced OT practitioners your most pressing questions. Whether you're seeking advice on specific therapeutic techniques, strategies for effective collaboration with school staff, or insights into addressing diverse student needs, our panelists are here to provide support and guidance.

A Safe Space for Learning and Support:
Embrace the opportunity to connect with fellow new practitioners in a supportive and inclusive environment. This panel discussion serves as a safe space for learning, sharing experiences, and supporting one another on your professional journey. Whether you're seeking reassurance, validation, or guidance, you'll find a welcoming community eager to uplift and empower one another.

Don't miss out on this enriching opportunity to gain valuable insights, expand your professional network, and elevate your pediatric practice in school settings.

Join us for an inspiring panel discussion that promises to ignite your passion for pediatric occupational therapy and equip you with the knowledge and confidence to excel in your role.

This event will be a discussion and we will be taking questions,  but you can also leave them here now!: 

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, and guided note taking.
Content disclosure: This course does not exclusively focus on any specific product or service.

Presented by:
Rose Adams, OTD, OTR/L
Moira P. Bushell, OTD, MEd, OTR/L, BCP
Martha Garrett Theisen, MA, OTRL

Niccole Rowe, BA, COTA/L
Kimberly Breeden, MS, OTR/L
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At the completion of this occupational therapy continuing education course:
  • Participants will discuss 2 roles of the occupational therapy practitioner in school-based practice. 
  • Participants will list 2 evidence-informed resources to guide occupational therapy school-based interventions.
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What OTs and OTAs are saying about these courses

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"Presenter was engaging, gave practical, easily applicable techniques for immediate use in therapy"

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"It was fascinating! I loved it! Very understandable and relatable. I feel like I can apply it in areas to most of my caseload even if the focus of care is not mental health related."

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Instructor bioS
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Rose Adams, OTD, OTR/L
Aspire OT Instructor

Rose Adams, OTD, OTR/L is an occupational therapy practitioner with a clinical focus in pediatrics. She works with children and families of children on the autism spectrum and other neurodiverse needs. Dr. Adams has worked in schools, private practice settings, and community-based programs. She is the executive director at Changing Lives Occupational Therapy, P.C., where she provides consultative occupational therapy services and mentorship for aspiring and current occupational therapy practitioners. She is a contributor at Exceptional Needs Today magazine and an academic mentor at Boston University’s Sargent College post-professional occupational therapy doctorate program. Dr. Adams enjoys developing interactive and engaging educational and training experiences for parents, caregivers, and multi-disciplinary learners. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time outdoors, playing, and baking with her school-aged twin children. Dr. Adams is delighted to be a part of the Aspire OT family of Instructors. 

Financial: Rose is compensated as an Aspire OT instructor.  She is also the Executive Director at Changing Lives Occupational Therapy, P.C.

Non Financial:  Rose does not have any non-financial disclosures.
Instructor bio
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Moira P. Bushell, OTD, MEd, OTR/L, BCP
Aspire OT Instructor
Moira P. Bushell OTD, MEd, OTR/L has been working as a school based occupational therapist for 10+ years. Her vast experience with program facilitation and passion for education make her an excellent advocate for children. As an AOTA Emerging Leader, she focused on pediatric occupational therapy practice advocacy as it relates to federal and state education law and knowledge translation. She has made numerous presentations about education law, its implication for occupational therapy practice and integration of Tier 1 services into the classroom environment. Within school setting practice, her expertise includes creating inclusive environments for all learners and supporting those with students with behavioral concerns. She currently serves the Illinois Occupational Therapy Association and American Occupational Therapy Association in multiple volunteer roles. 


Financial:  Moira is compensated as an Aspire OT instructor. 

Non Financial:  Moira is the owner/operator of Growth Greenhouse.​
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Martha Garrett Theisen, MA, OTR/L
Aspire OT Instructor

Course: Handwriting Instruction & Remediation for Today's Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioner

Martha Garrett Theisen, MA, OTRL is an occupational therapist with 39 years of experience. She worked in mental health for 6 years and over the past 33 years, her work has focused on pediatrics.
Though she loved her early work in Sensory Integration Clinics, Martha has devoted the bulk of her career, 24 years, to working in the school setting, helping children gain the fine motor, sensory motor, and handwriting skills they need to thrive in one of their main occupations of being a student.
She has utilized her knowledge and 39 years of experience to develop Because Neatness Matters, research and fun based handwriting programs for instruction and remediation.
She is SIPT certified and is a member of both the American Occupational Therapy Association & the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.
Martha has been married for 36 years, and is the proud mother of three wonderful adult children, two amazing daughters-in-law, and two mischievous cats!

Course Outline

0-5 minutes

6-15 minutes

16-30 minutes

31-40 minutes

41-55 minutes

56-60 minutes

Welcome, Introduction, and Learning Objectives

Discuss the roles of the occupational therapy practitioner in school-based practice. 

Panelists share their best advice for school-based OT practitioners. 

Discuss evidence-informed resources to guide OT mental health practice.

Questions and Answer

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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No refunds will be issued after a course has been attended for more than 30 minutes.  Partial credit will not be issued.  

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Aspire OT is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development.
Course approval ID# 09164
This Distance Learning-Interactive course is offered at 0.10 CEUs (Introductory level, Occupational Therapy 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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