Assessment Tools for the School-Based Occupational Therapist

Linda Okonsky

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AOTA Course Number:DLAOTA071
Course Credits: 1.0 (10 hours) AOTA CEUs – Intermediate level, Professional area

The assessment process is a critical tool for school-based Occupational Therapists. Students present with a myriad of strengths and needs which require a therapist to critically evaluate, interpret and document findings to help guide recommendations for eligibility for services, intervention planning, outcomes of services, and discharge planning. This series of webinars provide an overview of the educationally-based assessment process. The most frequently used assessment tools will be reviewed to help the OT decide which tools are the most appropriate to utilize with a specific student.

Instructor Information

Cynthia Haynes
Cynthia Haynes, MBA, OTD, OTR/L, is the Director of Occupational Therapy Services for EBS Healthcare where she oversees therapist mentoring and retention. She also designs trainings for continued competence and best practice strategies for school-based therapists. Cynthia is an adjunct professor in the OTD program at Thomas Jefferson University. She has authored peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters and presents regularly at the local and national level. She is a regional trainer for the AOTA-sponsored Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program and has contributed to the development of one training module.
Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Cynthia has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Cynthia has no other non-financial information to disclose.
Linda Okonsky
Linda Okonsky, MS, OTR/L, is a Regional Director of Occupational Therapy Services for EBS Healthcare, Inc. She provides therapist mentoring, supervision of OTAs, and assists in the design of trainings for continued competence and best practice strategies for school-based therapists. This speaker has been practicing OT for more than 15 years, working with children in the clinic and school settings. She was an adjunct professor for an M.S. in Occupational Therapy program.
Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Linda has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Linda has no other non-financial information to disclose.

 

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Julie B. Kornbluth, MA, OTR/L is an OT Director for EBS Healthcare. Her responsibilities include mentoring and supporting therapists in school districts and Early Intervention programs throughout the United States mainland and Hawaii. She is also responsible for recruitment, training, and program development. She is actively involved in EBS United, leading therapy groups internationally, and has volunteered and worked in multiple countries independently. She has presented at local, state and national conferences on school-based and cultural competency topics.
Financial Disclosure: Other than being paid as an employee of EBS Healthcare, Julie has no other relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Non-Financial Disclosure: Julie has no other non-financial information to disclose.

 

Learner Objectives

Following instruction, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the purpose of occupational therapy assessment in school-based practice
  2. Understand the essential components of a variety of school-based assessments to guide the selection and use for different student ages and abilities.
  3. Document student performance based on assessment results and clinical observations.

 

Agenda

  • 1 hour – Assessment overview
  • 1 hour 31 minutes – Visual & Visual Perception Assessments
  • 47 minutes – Visual Motor Assessments
  • 1 hour 11 minutes – Sensory Processing & Executive Function Assessments
  • 1 hour 35 minutes – Motor and Functional Assessments
  • 44 minutes – School-Based Criterion Referenced Tests
  • 1 hour 8 minutes – Written Communication Assessments
  • 1 hour – Evaluation Reports
  • 20 minutes – Course Test