Office of School Health

DOE Professional Development 2008-2009

Workshop # I: School-Based Occupational and Physical Therapy: An Educationally Integrated Approach with Laurie Ray, PT and Lauren Holahan, OTR/L
Over 350 therapists, supervisors and ISC staff attended the workshop held on October 16 and 17, 2008. Laurie and Lauren  discussed the difference between the educational and clinical models of service delivery; the concept of Least Restrictive Environment and researches that support it, and; techniques for collaborative, embedded intervention.
Click here for the workshop handout.

Laurie and Lauren also introduced "Energizers", which are movement activities created by the North Carolina Department of Public Education that can be utilized by teachers for their whole class. 
"Energizers" integrates physical activities with academic concepts for students from Kindergarten to Middle School. Click
here to connect to the "Energizers" website. Share the brochures with your school colleagues!

Workshop # 2: OT Workshop - Handriting Without Tears 
with Tania Fernandino, OTR/L 
December 8-9, 2008
Handwriting Without Tears® is a proven success in making legible and 
fluent handwriting an easy and automatic skill for all students.
HWT uses fun, entertaining, and educationally sound instructional methods  to teach  handwriting to all students: Pre-K through cursive. The well-planned lessons require minimal preparation time. Thousands of administrators, teachers, therapists, and parents across the country have successfully implemented the program. The end result is truly handwriting without tears for all! Participants will receive a HWOT Kit including workbooks, teacher guides along with other HWOT materials.

Workshop # 3: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice for School Clinicians with Sandra Kaplan, PT, PhD
January 27 and 29, 2009
Participants of this one-day information-rich workshop learned the 5 steps of evidence-based practice. Now, therapists who attended are equipped to answer their clinical questions. To make the integration of EBP into your school-based practice easier, we have created worksheets that will help you: formulate your PICO/PIO questions, organize results of your research, and document the application of EBP. Click on "Applying Evidence-Based Practice." If you know how to use Excel, we recommend using the Excel EBP Worksheets so you can easily add more columns to your tables, as well as, chart progress! (See the Sample Excel EBP Worksheet.)  *NEW*   

Workshop # 4: Integrating Standardized Assessments into School-Based Practice: The GMFM, GMFCS and SFA
with Debbie Krasinski, PT, PhD
May 4, 2009 - for Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island PTs
May 5, 2009 - for Queens and Bronx PTs
We are very grateful for Debbie Krasinski's workshop
"Integrating Standardized Assessments into School-Based Practice."
Debbie discussed the latest information on the GMFM, GMFCS and SFA.
The utilization and incorporation of these assessments into the
DOE PT School Function Evaluation was also discussed.
A copy of the GMFM and the GMFM Self-Instructional CD is available
in all lending libraries. GMFM Scoring Forms are available free online here. SFA Manuals and Forms will be distributed by your ISC OT/PT Supervisors. For more information and most current research on the GMFM and GMFCS, visit: