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OT and PT Service Delivery in Schools: Policy, Research and Best Practices
Friday, June 04, 2021 to Saturday, June 05, 2021
Category: Statewide

School Based Conference image 2021OT and PT Service Delivery in Schools: Policy, Research and Best Practices [2-Day Conference]
Friday, June 4, 2021 and Saturday, June 5, 2021

This conference is designed to assist OT and PT school-based practitioners serving in Texas public schools with developing their knowledge base regarding service delivery for all struggling learners. Planned sessions will alert attendees to the latest developments in federal and state education policy, including applicable case law.  Evidence-based practices and effective interventions will be shared for service delivery to students in traditional educational environments as well as virtual school environments. Current published competencies (PT) and quality standards (OT) for school-based practitioners will be reviewed.

Relevance to Occupational Therapy: 
At last count, just under ¼ of all occupational therapy practitioners worked in public school settings providing services to struggling learners as mandated under federal education law. This conference provides attendees updates to applicable federal and state policies as well as updates on research in promotion of evidence-based practices for positive student outcomes.

Relevance to Physical Therapy:
Physical therapy practitioners working in public school settings provide services to students with disabilities as mandated under federal education law. This conference provides attendees updates to applicable federal and state policies as well as updates on research in promotion of evidence-based practices for positive student outcomes.

As a result of attending this workshop, attendees will be able to:

1)  articulate roles for occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners as 1) related services providers, and 2) specialized instructional support personnel in Texas public schools;
2)  describe 3 competencies for effective OT and/or PT service delivery in schools, based on current professional standards; and
3)  identify 2 evidence-based interventions occupational therapy and physical therapy practitioners can employ for fostering positive outcomes for struggling learners at school, including students with disabilities.

Conference Schedule

Friday, June 4, 2021
8:15 - 8:30 Welcome, Orientation to Virtual Sessions and Vendor Access; orientation to breaks and lunch   Jean Polichino, OTR, MS, FAOTA
(Conference Facilitator)
8:30 - 9:30  Keynote: Current Policy and Future Plans from TEA Impacting OT and PT Services to Texas Students    Justin Porter, Director of Special Education, Department of Special Populations, Texas Education Agency
9:30 - 10:30 FAQs From OTs and PTs About the Law   Jim Walsh, Attorney at Law, Walsh, Gallegos, Trevino, Russo & Kyle, P.C.
10:30 - 10:45 Break    
10:45 - 12:15 Section 504: The Impact on Education for Children with Disabilities and the Role of OT and PT   Carie Crabb, PT, MS, Senior Director, School-Based Therapy Services Harris County Department of Education
12:15 - 1:00 Lunch    
1:00 - 2:30 Delivering Inclusive Services – Integrating Interventions
into School Contexts
  Beth Goodrich, OTR, ATP, PhD, FAOTA, Moderator; Panelists from the TOTA School Focus Group Advisory Board
2:30 - 2:45 Break    
2:45 - 4:00 YOU can be a Change Agent – Promoting Inclusive, Integrated Practices   Jean Polichino, OTR, MS, FAOTA, Judy Frankson, OTR and Michelle M. Smith, OTR 
Saturday, June 5, 2021
9:00 - 10:30

Break Out Sessions:
1) OT - Using the Quality Indicators for School Practice to Frame, Guide and Evaluate Services
2) PT - Competency-Based School Physical Therapy and Student Outcomes. 


1) Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
2) Susan Effgen, PT, PhD, FAPTA

10:30 - 12:00 Break Out Sessions:
1) OT - Evidence-Based OT Interventions for Children and Youth

2) PT - Breaking News from the PT Literature!


1) Gloria Frolek Clark, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA
2) Ginny Paleg, PT, DScPT 


Total CEUs/CCUs = 9.25   This course is preapproved by TOTA and TPTA

COST: Practitioners who are a current member of their professional association (TOTA or TPTA), are eligible for the discounted price. Member numbers will be verified. 

OT's and OTA's      
TOTA Member $125 TOTA Student Member $35
Non-TOTA Member $150 Student Non-Member  $65
PT's and PTA's      
TPTA Member $125 TPTA Student Member $35
Non-TPTA Member $150 Student Non-Member $65

Register for OT and PT Service Delivery in Schools


Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be received in writing to [email protected] by May 28, 2021. Cancellations received before the deadline are eligible to receive a full refund of registration fees, less a 10% administrative fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Refunds will not be available for registrants who are "no shows."

A big THANK YOU to our conference sponsors:

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TxSpot is THE SOURCE for those who want to know about providing school-based Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in Texas. https://www.txspot.org

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  WPS is a leading independent publisher of educational and psychological assessments and related intervention resources. https://www.wpspublish.com/

Interested in becoming a sponsor? Sponsorships available for $200. Contact [email protected] for more information or go to the sponsor registration form https://tota.memberclicks.net/2021-school-based-conference-sponsor-form#/