I am a pediatric occupational therapist. I have worked as a
subcontractor and an employee in many different school districts
around Virginia. I worked at Integrated Therapy Services,
a now-closed private OT clinic in Richmond, Virginia, and I now
work for a clinic and company that came out of that group of
therapists, Spot On Therapy
I worked for Henrico County Schools for several
years. Before moving to Virginia, I worked at a private
pediatric OT clinic in California, Fourt Therapy Center, now
called Play Steps
and at before that in a public school
district 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