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Jayson and Abby dive into the areas of school-based Occupational Therapy most frequently discussed by OTs and other special education professionals. Join them as they discuss the difficult questions and host interviews with other special education stakeholders.

Jayson and Abby dive into the areas of school-based Occupational Therapy most frequently discussed by OTs and other special education professionals. Join them as they discuss the difficult questions and host interviews with other special education stakeholders.
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Jayson and Abby dive into the areas of school-based Occupational Therapy most frequently discussed by OTs and other special education professionals. Join them as they discuss the difficult questions and host interviews with other special education stakeholders.




OTSH 022: Here Comes Telehealth Featuring Tracey Davis, OTR/L (PDUs Available)

To earn a professional development certificate of completion for this episode, click here! With technology advancing every day and becoming cheaper to access in all forms, it is no longer a matter of if virtual OT services will become prominent. Rather, virtual OT services are already here and are only going to become more prevalent in school-based settings, as well as in other traditional medical roles. In this training, you will understand the necessary tools required and guidelines to...


OTSH 021: Autism Strategies Featuring Meg Proctor

In episode 21 of the OT School House Podcast, guest Meg Proctor of joins Jayson to share five essential strategies for occupational therapists who work with students who have Autism. Meg is an experienced pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in the provision of services with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She currently sees clients privately and provides both live and self-paced online trainings through Learn Play Thrive, LLC. To learn...


OTSH 020: From IFSP to IEP Featuring Sarah Putt of The OT 4 LYfe Podcast

In episode 20 of the OT School House Podcast, Abby and guest, Sarah Putt, MA, OTR/L of the OT 4 LYfe Podcast, talk about the differences between school-based OT and Early Intervention OT. They also touch on what the transition from Early Intervention to school-based services may look like. View the entire show notes at Or, learn how you can earn professional development by listening to select episodes of the OT School House Podcast.


OTSH 019: Exploring The Idea Of a School-Based OT Credential Feat. Jaime Spencer

In episode 19 of the OT School House Podcast, we are excited to host Jaime Spencer, OTR/L, of to talk about how we can advocate for ourselves as OTs at every level from the school site to nationally. Have you heard about California's Credentialling efforts? How about New York's? Join us for a conversation on why OTs should be valued like teachers and how to help with the process! View the complete Show Notes at


OTSH 018: Get Inspired! Featuring Lauren Drobnjak of The Inspired Treehouse

Today we talk to Lauren Drobnjak, physical therapist and co-creator of The Inspired Treehouse Blog. Lauren and Claire, (the OT behind The Inspired Treehouse) recently co-authored a book titled the Playful Learning Lab for Kids. This new book features 52 gradable activities for kids of all abilities. You can get it on Amazon now! Be sure to listen to the episode to hear how to get 20% off at To see a full list of links and sources discussed in this episode, see the...


OTSH 017: Analysis of Online Media Use Among Occupational Therapy Practitioners (Professional Development)

The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework notes that "Clients may require access to and the ability to use technology such as cell or smartphones, computers or tablets, and videogame consoles to carry out their daily routines and occupations." (2004). With this in mind, it is not only important to understand how meaningful it is for our clients and students to access technology and online media, but we also need to understand how we use online media to our personal and professional...


OTSH 016: Clinic vs. School-Based and How We Can Learn From Each Other With The Anonymous OT

Join us as Abby has a conversation with fellow pediatric blogger, The Anonymous OT (whose name will be revealed) from An experienced pediatric OT, The Anonymous OT has practiced in school-based settings as well as in a clinic and in home health settings. Together, Abby and our guest discuss the similarities and differences between school-based and clinic occupational therapy evaluations and services. A new place to review and search for continuing education courses is...


OTSH 015: Beyond The Typical Vision Screening With Robert Constantine, OTR/L

In this episode, Abby interviews Robert Constantine of about how to assess and address concerns related to visual perception and visual motor capabilities in our children. In this podcast, you will learn to identify some of the behaviors associated with vision problems and several helpful hints about how to tease out the reason for those behaviors. Robert provides simple steps that you can use tomorrow when you see your students. It is our pleasure to have on such a...


OTSH 014: A Discussion On School-Based Report Writing

In this episode, Jayson interviews Jason Gonzales of (Affiliate link for your convenience) about some of the Laws, regulations and state guidelines that help OTs understand what should be in (or omitted from) our reports. Also discussed is when you should use standardized assessments, how to choose what assessment to use, and how to decrease the amount of time it takes to complete an OT evaluation report. Get your free 7-day trial to DTD and use promo code FALL18 for 20%...


OTSH 013: Reviewing the Research: Handwriting

Do you run a handwriting group? Do you use a specific program? In this episode, Jayson is diving into the recent literature on handwriting to help you with your decision making when it comes to supporting your students' handwriting goals. We'll discuss everything from which programs work in what setting, to who can benefit from handwriting instruction and more. Specifically, we will be looking at 4 articles that support the instruction of handwriting in the classroom through a collaborative...


OTSH 012: How to Pay It Forward by Being a Fieldwork Educator

In this episode, Jayson interviews fellow occupational therapist, Akemi McNeil (formerly Davies). Akemi is currently the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Stanbridge University's Master's of Science in Occupational Therapy program where she works with hospitals, clinics, schools and other employers in order to place upwards of 120 students in an appropriate fieldwork setting. In this podcast, Jayson and Akemi talk over what it means to be a fieldwork educator and what every school-based OT...


OTSH 011: How To Be An Evidence-Based OT In Public Schools Ft. Dr. Amy Sadek

In this episode, Jayson Interviews Dr. Amy Sadek about how every school-based occupational therapist should be using evidence-based practices and how to find the research that guides what they are doing. Dr. Sadek's background in nutrition and occupational therapy led her to earn a PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Sadek's research focused on linking nutrition with behavioral changes in children with Autism. While completing her research she quickly learned how difficult it can be to be an...


OTSH 010: Exploring Assistive Technology & Sensory Integration With Hopemarie Hower, OTR/L

In this episode, Jayson chats with Hopemarie Hower, OTR/L, the winner of the OT School House School's Out Giveaway conducted in June of 2018. Together, Jayson and Hopemarie discuss the similarities and differences between practicing OT in California and Florida. Hopemarie also shares how she collaborates with her school team to conduct assistive technology assessments and how she garners buy-in from her teachers when implementing sensory strategies. Don't want to miss out on future...


OTSH 009: Diving Into RTI With a School-Based OT Consultant: An Interview With Leah Hiller, OTR/L

In this episode, guest Leah Hiller, OTR/L, and Jayson dive into Response to Intervention (RTI) a bit and discuss several ways occupational therapists can have an impact on students without ever completing an evaluation. RTI is a growing model in schools and as OTs, it opens the door for us helping more students in less time. It also provides opportunities for OTs to provide in-services for teachers and recommend curriculums that will benefit the social and motor aspects of student...


OTSH 008: Everything You Need to Know About Professional Development & A Special Announcement!

In this episode, Jayson and Abby look at the many ways to earn professional development per NBCOT guidelines and share 9 specific places where you can earn your needed Professional Development Units (PDUs) or Competency Assessment Units (CAUs) as NBCOT calls them. There is also a special announcement at the end of this episode, so stay tuned. Have a listen to have these three questions answered: 1. Who needs continuing education and how many units do you need? 2. What counts as...


OTSH 007: Mental Health & Mindfulness in the classroom: An Interview with Dr. Rachelle Murphy

In this episode, Jayson interviews occupational therapist and Doctor of Health Sciences, Dr. Rachelle Murphy. Dr. Murphy is currently an instructor at the American Career College in Anaheim, California and she is currently in the process of researching the effects of using a mindfulness program in small charter school. During this episode, Dr. Murphy reviews recent research related to the mental health status of school-aged children and shares how she is using mindfulness and meditation to...


OTSH 006: BOT-2 v. M-FUN; A Comparison of Two Commonly Used School-Based OT Assessment Tools

In this episode, we look at two commonly used school-based Occupational therapy assessment tools. Both the Bruininks-Oseretsky Test of Motor Proficiency, or BOT-2, and the Miller Function & Participation Scales (M-FUN) are standardized testing tools that occupational therapist use to assess fine motor and visual motor skills in children. While they are similar in what they assess, they are very different in how they get their results. Today's Objectives: 1. What skills do both the BOT-2...


OTSH 005: How OTs and Teachers Collaborate with BCBAs: An Interview with Steven Troyer, Med, BCBA, LBA

In this episode, host Abby Parana has a discussion with Board Certified Behavioral Analyst (BCBA), Steven Troyer. Steven and Abby have previously worked together and collaborated to help many of the same students meet their IEP goals. Listen in to hear Abby and Steven discuss behavior from both OT and BCBA perspectives.


OTSH 004: Interview with Kerry Mellin, Creator of the EazyHold

In this episode, we talk to Kerry Mellin who is a motion picture and television costume designer by day, and a creator of the EazyHold by night. The EazyHold is a universal cuff she and her sisters designed that is allowing children to access occupations they never thought were possible. Hear how this idea of a modern universal cuff came to be and why we prefer it over any other cuff we have seen available.


OTSH 003: SMART-E Goals and Level of Service

In this episode, Abby returns to discuss SMART-E goals and how these goals should drive a service providers decision on how frequently to see a student.