I am a pediatric occupational therapist. I work as a
subcontractor through Allied Instructional
, a company that offers services in several
special needs areas to school districts around Virginia. I have
also worked at Integrated Therapy Services, a now-closed
private OT clinic in Richmond, Virginia. I worked for Henrico
County Schools and before that at a private OT clinic in
California, Fourt Therapy Center, and at before that at public
schools in Massachusetts.
This is a site I created to gather some of the resources I most
often recommend to parents, teachers, and beginning OTs. I put
this website together in 2003, and it's still largely the same
with some edits. It's pretty "old fashioned" school-based OT,
meaning lots about motor skills and some on sensory processing
via the school OT role. At first look, this seems to lend
itself to the pull-out model of Occupational Therapy in schools.
However, I am a big advocate of the push-in model. I still think
this information is as, if not more, relevant to that model.
When you are working in a classroom, you need to be able to
apply your task analysis, skill analysis, and human occupation
model knowledge to adapt, accommodate, or skill-build for the
sensori-motor tasks of that classroom.
I love assistive technology, visual supports, ADLs, and all the
other things we end up working in on, and maybe some day I'll
have time to add pages of information on those. :)
Meanwhile, I started a facebook group called School-Based
OTs and PTs
. If you're on facebook, you may want to join!
I hope you find useful information and links here. If you have a
suggestion to add to this page, or have questions or
corrections, please click below to email me