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#174 - Brainstorming Session with a School Based OT

October 13, 2021 Rachel Harrington, COTA/L, AC & Jessica Hill, COTA/L Episode 174
All Things Sensory by Harkla
#174 - Brainstorming Session with a School Based OT
Show Notes

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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