School Based Therapy – Asking Therapists for Topic Ideas

We are fine tuning our agenda for this years Therapies in the School conference in Therapies in the School - Education ResourcesMassachusetts and would value your input.

Based on feedback from last years popular conference we are excited to announce that we will have sessions on evidence based strategies, tests and measures, Brain Gym ®,  practical applications of neuroscience, balance and autism, collaborative approaches and new mandates and much more!

We are continuing to build our course schedule for 2013, and would like to bring you material that would be most applicable to your daily practice.

We do have a few speaking slots open and we want to be able to meet your needs. 

  • Are there any specific speakers who you would love to hear?
  • Are there any specific topics that you would like to see covered?

In a session focusing on “The iPad: Newest Apps”, would you prefer to have it focus on:

  • The iPad as a writing tool
  • Tips and Tricks
  • Switch access/positioning/access options
  • The iPad as an Augmentative Communication Device (access and communication)
  • Please list other technology topics

Would you be interested in a session on collaborative approaches in addressing wellness at school?

Please post your thoughts and ideas as comments below or you can email them to Mandy

The course this year will again be in November:
November 21-22, 2013– Framingham, MA

Thank you so much for your time

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20 Responses to School Based Therapy – Asking Therapists for Topic Ideas

  1. Kathryn Calsetta says:

    I have 2 ideas for the therapy in the schools conference. First, with budget cuts, more and more schools are looking for their in house therapists to complete technology evaluations. How do you go about assessing a student for technology needs whether it be low-tech, mid-tech or high tech? What types of data/evidence should be collected and incorporated into a report? What should a report and recommendations look like? Are there funding sources to assist with getting any recommended technology?

    Second, in CT, the teachers are required to follow the CT Common Core Standards to increase consistency across schools (I’m sure other states have something similar). How do we use them in practice to address areas of weakness/strength? How do we write specific, measurable and obtainable goals related to our discipline while using them?

  2. Kippie says:

    I would love to see
    Kathy Johnson
    Pyramid of Potential

  3. Mandy says:

    Posted by Amy:
    Maria Fragla does a talk about strengthening in for children which would be great!
    I would love to hear a talk about postural stability, strength, coordination ideas for the higher level functioning children in our schools.

  4. Mandy says:

    Posted by Kathy:
    I suddenly have a few students who are ataxic. I would love to hear a presentation about ataxia.

    I also have a student with Ducheyenne’s Muscular Dystrophy. I would love to hear about that condition, and I think the OTs would be interested in fine motor concerns and accommodations for that.
    Thank you,

  5. Mandy says:

    Posted by Cindy:
    New mandates and MA regulations for therapists in the public schools

  6. Mandy says:

    Posted by Mickie:
    I would like to see a PT focus on postural stability for school function, My BIGGEST concern, is the location. I work in Virginia, and the travel time and expense is out of the question for me to be able to attend the conference in person. What about web-casting the seminar, or the possibility of a DVD od the seminar?
    Thank you

  7. Mandy says:

    Posted by Robin:
    Yoga therapy in schools, seating for mild- moderate impairments on a limited budget, PT for autism

  8. Mandy says:

    Posted by Ginni:
    For iPad, I would be most interested in access options, as well as apps that relevant to fitness, motor planning and integrating movement into classroom. Thanks!

  9. Mandy says:

    Posted by Diane:

    Thanks so much for such a great conference every year! My team is looking forward to returning again next year. We utilize a highly effective collaborative team model and look forward to participating in a lot more discussion on collaboration. We have moved away from pull-out therapies almost entirely and pushing in as much as possible- think this would be a great model to discuss as well. In fact, we would be happy to lead a discussion/session, if needed.
    Thanks so much for ALL you do!

  10. Susan says:

    Bal-A-Vis_X, I agree with the throughts on postural stability and seating.

  11. Mandy says:

    Posted by Maryann
    I would be interested in an iPad breakout session – particularly focusing on switch access / positioning / options and accessories. If you are still looking for a presenter on this topic, I have heard wonderful things about a presenter from UNH and the Institute on Disability — Therese Willkomm, PhD., ATP I understand she presents lectures, webinars etc. on the iPad as a teaching tool, iPads and autism, as well as apps for the blind and visually impaired.
    Maryann OTR

  12. Mandy says:

    Posted by Donna:
    Hi, I am excited about the neuroscience and balance offerings. Motor apraxia/ motor planning/ motor processing issues are the majority of my caseload it seems these days. Some concentration in that area would be appreciated. As for the IPAD, I would most be interested in tricks and tips. Happy St. Patricks Day, Donna

  13. Mandy says:

    Posted by Kathryn:
    I have attended the conference for the last three years, and have loved it each year. I would like to see a course on vision, especially as it relates to PT. I don’t know if this is course-worthy, but I would also like to entertain the discussion of the developmental appropriateness of the common core learning standards.
    As I’ve said, I absolutely love this conference, and wish it was slightly longer.
    Thank you,

  14. Mandy says:

    Posted by Laurie:
    I’d be interested in:

    -how other therapists write concise, measurable, graded IEP benchmarks for self-regulation and sensory issuesand if there are any good “goals banks” written for this area!

    -a presentation on Zones of Regulation

    -a packet of evidence-based research and effective evidence-based treatment approaches for sensory processing disorders to give to special education directors

    -use of iPad as a writing tool for spastic quad CP students

    Laurie OTR/L

  15. Mandy says:

    Posted by Peggy:
    Hello Mandy…thanks for the opportunity to give you my opinion. I would love to see a strong focus on top-down assessment and intervention, techniques for how to get in and stay in a classroom for intervention (what it looks like), how to facilitate and engage in writing an integrated IEP and goals, and ideas for directly relating (rather than indirectly relating) intervention to curriculum in schools.

    Peggy OTD OTR/L BCP

  16. Mandy says:

    Posted by Cindy:
    I would love to have a speaker give guidance on “out of the box” private practices for COTA/L practitioners. There are many OT practices but few COTA practices. The only restriction we have, as COTAs, is the fact we are not allowed to do evaluations. We can, in fact, do assessments and other testing pathways to create an ample profile to lead us in services for others. It would be good to hear of ALL of the testing/assessment options for various areas of practice as well as billing options, documentation and other mandating regulations as it applies to COTAs.

    I would also like to hear more about technology geared towards something other than Apple products. There are many other tech options out there and not everyone prefers Apple. It would be nice to hear of those options including their apps/programs that compare to the Apple versions.

    Tank you so much for asking for my input. It is nice as practitioners that we are given a chance to help mold the conference to our needs. I am sure you will get many responses.

    Kindest regards~

    Cindy COTA/L

  17. Mandy says:

    Posted by Amy:
    I would love to hear Maria Fragale talk about functional strengthening in children!! I live in the Boston area…
    Thank you

  18. Mandy says:

    Posted by Sherrill:
    Hi Mandy
    I love Barbara Hodges. She is a wealth of practical knowledge. Barbara Hypes is also brilliant. I am interested in Brain Gyms……….

    Thank you- Sherrill PT

  19. Mandy says:

    Posted by Kim:
    Hi Mandy,
    I would be interested in having a PT focus on the severely involved child (esp. positioning.) I attended last year’s conference and enjoyed it but I found that there weren’t many PT specific sessions. I would love to have a speaker talk about strengthening the neurologically impaired child.
    Thank you! -Kim

  20. Mary says:

    I would love to see a session on the new teacher/therapist evaluation system from the Massachusetts DESE. Maybe someone from one of the school districts already using the system. How best to gather evidence, set functional SMART goals, etc.

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