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From Caseload to Workload

Published August 28, 2012 1:51 PM by Cecilia Cruse
 In perfect alignment as I close out my August back to school series, I just read that AOTA will be having another virtual chat this week. This one is entitled Caseload to Workload Issues.  As a contract therapist in the schools I was often asked the caseload question at my seminars.  Years ago I think even a rough calculation form existed to try to determine the number of students a part or full time OT could effectively handle on his/her caseload.  I don't think this formula was ever successful as it is dependent on too many factors including the type of students the therapist serves, the type of service provision (which may vary weekly according to the needs of the child) and even the travel distance between schools.  So kudos to AOTA who have been advocating the shift from the concept of caseload to workload for over 5 years now.   In today's educational environment and the additional concepts of RtI (Response to Intervention) and UDL (Universal Design for Learning) our supportive role in the schools is continuing to shift.  Being locked into a set schedule and number of students to see each week may not be in the interest of best practice. For more information on how to transform your current caseload into the workload concept see the Tip sheet developed for AOTA by Jackson, Polichino and Potter.  The virtual chat on this timely topic is this Thursday 8/30/12 @ 3pm ET.  You can download a form after the talk to obtain 1 contact hour for the session.  Listen live at the designated time or check out a recorded version that will be posted later.  Either way, happy listening and best wishes for a successful school year!


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