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A Pediatric Perspective

AOTA Conference Recap Part 2

Published May 2, 2013 4:23 PM by Cecilia Cruse

I sat in on a great short course for Children and Youth last week at the AOTA conference.  Entitled Finding Our Niche in RtI, instructors Joyce Salis, OTD, OTR/L and Janet Bucey, OTR/L did a super job of explaining OT’s role in the RtI process at each of the tiers.  There was no shortage of suggested resources either, from EBP citations including this one from Bazyk et all about OT’s role in a General Kindergarten Setting , to recommending practical solutions you can put to use now.! Zones for Regulation for example got a lot of buzz in the room when mentioned as it appears many school based therapists may be implementing this method.  This concept, founded by OT Leah Kuypers is based on some of the principles of the ALERT program by Williams/Shellenberger, Buron and Curtis’ Incredible 5 Point Scale along with Michele Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking strategies.  Basically the Zones is  “…a systematic cognitive behavior approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing the different  ways  we feel and states of alertness we experience into four concrete zones.”.. which are identified as red, yellow, green and blue.  For more information check out Zones for Regulation.   Another solution S’Cool Moves, also got a lot of interest.  Developed by educator Debra Em Wilson, this program uses concepts of neurosensory learning for academic success.  Finally check out http://udltechtoolkit.wikispaces.com/. This is a free technology tool kit/resource to help support UDL (Universal Design for Learning) for all classrooms. Just click on one of the multiple topic areas such as writing tools, math tools, study skill tools (and more!) for ideas and links to other online solutions.  

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