#174 - Brainstorming Session with a School Based OT

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By Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L, Rachel Harrington, AC, and Jessica Hill. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.

Something special happens when a conversation unfolds as a brainstorm between friends. That’s exactly what we do during this episode, with Nicky, a school-based OT with a background in in-patient rehabilitation. We talk about how to identify behavior and sensory related problems, and how going to the sensory room and taking a movement break can serve as useful strategies to help kiddos get back into their bodies. We talk through the role of teachers in facilitating helpful exercises for children, and curating a sensory diet to provide children with the ongoing support they need. We hope you join us to listen in on our chat today!
Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to Nicky, a school-based OT in Georgia.
  • How being an in-patient rehab OT compares to being a school-based OT.
  • What her work entails, evaluating kids for special ed services, doing behavior assessments, establishing if something is behavior or sensory related.
  • How teachers can facilitate helpful exercises for children.
  • Sensory sticks as a tool for regulation for breaks throughout the day.
  • The role of sensory diets in providing children with what they need.
  • Babies Can’t Wait, the work she is involved in with birth to three year olds.
  • How sewn weights with beads differ from flexible weights for weighted vests.

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