Office of School Health

DOE Professional Development 2009-2010

Workshop # 1: School-Based Occupational and Physical Therapy: An Educationally Integrated Approach with Laurie Ray, PT and Lauren Holahan, OTR/L
October 26, 2009

This course will discuss and elaborate on the relevance of occupational and physical therapists in the school environment in accordance with IDEA. Participants will explore: the difference between educational and traditional clinical models; what makes related services related, and; how to conduct educationally-relevant and evidence-based evaluations. The speakers will present ways to formulate educationally-relevant service delivery determinations; write educationally-relevant goals, and; create opportunities for collaboration with other members of the school staff. Case studies will be discussed to demonstrate the principles presented throughout the day.

Workshop # 2:  Take Five: Alert Program with Carla Cay Williams, OTR/L  
November 26, 2009
Participants will be introduced to the Alert Program’s® information covered in Take Five! Staying Alert at Home and School (Williams and Shellenberger, 2001). This outstanding book is chock full of activities to use directly with students or to make recommendations to teachers and parents. Participants will learn new, practical strategies to help children’s engines to run “just right.” This training will emphasize functional application of sensory integration theory for use at home and school.  

Workshop # 3: Introduction to Evidence-Based Practice for School Clinicians with Sandra Kaplan, PT, PhD
November 19, 2009

This course is an introduction to evidence-based practice (EBP). Participants will learn the 5 steps of evidence-based practice; be able to classify the sources and types of evidence, begin to apply and interpret levels of evidence and grades for recommendations; differentiate among the methods for critical literature review; place EBP in the context of pediatric clinical practice, and identify sources for further self-directed learning. Small group exercises and interactive brainstorming will allow participants to exercise application of ideas within the workshop schedule.

Workshop # 4: I Can Succeed...with the Help of My Community
Capacity Building for Students with Disabilities
Middle and High School OT/PT Workshop
with Carlo Vialu, PT and Suzanne Sanchez, OTR/L
January 26 and 28, 2010
Middle and high schools present students increased academic demands, as well as the responsibility to be independent as they transition to adulthood. “Research has shown that children and youth with disabilities have complex journeys, as they often have to navigate new environments with limited guidance, feel pressure to be independent, and lack the resources and supports that make it difficult to prepare for transitions” (Canchild website). Addressing such issues, IDEA 2004 highlights the need to promote educational programs and activities that are based on students’ post-high school goals and driven by individual needs, interests and preferences.  Occupational and physical therapists with their knowledge, training and expertise can help contribute to students’ attainment of transition goals, including access to integrated work, education and other adult living experiences.

Workshop # 5: Integrating Standardized Assessments into School-Based Practice: The GMFM, GMFCS and SFA
with Debbie Krasinski, PT, PhD
February 8, 2010
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:

Workshop # 6: APTA Clinical Instructor Education and Certification Program
with Nicki Silberman, PT, DPT, ACCE and Ruth Hansen, PT
March 15-16, 2010
This program is the APTA recognized Clinical Instructor Education & Credentialing Program. The program was developed through a grant funded by the APTA under the direction of principal investigator Michael J Emery, PT, EdD and coinvestigators, Nancy Peatman, PT, EdD and Lynn Ford, MS, MEd, PT and the materials used by the New England Consortia of Academic Coordinators of Clinical Education, Inc.  The course takes 15 hours to complete.  The program addresses issues of planning and preparing for physical therapy students during their clinical education experiences and facilitating learning through questioning and effective feedback.  Skills of evaluation are discussed, as well as the identification and management of students with exceptional situations. The program also includes a brief look at legal implications for clinical education, including issues presented by ADA legislation. Attendees are required to serve as a Clinical Instructor for a physical therapy student in the next 2 years.   

Workshop # 7: PT Conference
Pediatric Orthotics: Current Evidence for Efficacy & New Trends
with Kathryn S. Martin, PT, DHS
This course will provide a short review of gait, development of gait, and common orthoses used for pediatric clients. The research literature on the efficacy of pediatric orthoses will be reviewed and compared to commonly held assumptions about orthoses and traditional clinical practice. Newer trends in pediatric orthoses will be explored and compared to the evidence available. Finally, clinical decision-making for orthotic prescription will be discussed in terms of how physical therapists should apply the research evidence while bridging the gaps in our knowledge with understanding of typical gait.
TOTAL Therapy: A PT's Roadmap to Student-Directed Services
with Carlo Vialu, PT Director
This course will train participants in teaching students skills to become self-determined and interdependent. Specific activities and worksheets on goal-setting, choice- and decision-making, self-advocacy, treatment planning and progress-monitoring will be presented with the student’s perspective as the main driving force. The workshop will emphasize the important balance of personal skills and social support that will lead to student success now and in the futureTOTAL Therapy is a lifespan approach that can be used for students with mild to severe disabilities and from kindergarten through high school.

Workshop # 8: Sensory Smarts
with Lindsey Biel, MA, OTRL
June 14, 2010

This dynamic workshop will focus on Sensory Processing Disorder, including new terminology, possible DSM inclusion and current research. Participants will also learn about how to create and implement effective sensory diets within the school environment. Most importantly, participants will learn techniques to include teachers and parents in the implementation of sensory strategies.

ASBT 2009-2010 Presents...The Research-Driven Practice: Hands-on Evidence-Based Practice for the School-Based Therapist
with Eva Matuszak, MS, OTR/L, Michelle Rivers, PT, and Jennifer Willard, MS, OTR/L
This is part II of a series of workshops on evidence-based practice. It is a highly interactive workshop on the application of a 5-step approach to evidence-based practice. It includes lecture, group discussions and online searching for evidence-based materials. After the workshop, participants will be more confident in determining the effectiveness of their chosen treatment approaches and it will open doors to more effective treatment strategies, Participants will be able to construct answerable PICO/PIO questions, venture into electronic databases and websites to locate relevant studies, critically appraise research literature, and apply and assess newly gained information.
This workshop is open only to those who attended "Introduction to Evidence-based Practice for School-Based Clinicians" by Sandra Kaplan, PT, PhD.