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The OT School House Podcast

Summary: Jayson Davies, OTR/L, from the OT School House Website dives into the areas of school-based Occupational Therapy most frequently discussed by therapists. Join Jayson and special guests to explore new practice strategies and earn professional development for certification renewal!

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 OT School House 49: Homeschooling - Coaching Families for Success Feat. Sarah Collins, OTR/L | File Type: audio/mp4 | Duration: 01:01:48

In this episode, Jayson interviews Sarah Collins, OTR/L. Sarah is an occupational therapist that specializes in supporting students who are homeschooled and the families that support them. Homeschooling her own kids has helped her to understand where the true needs are for this community and the research she has found supports the occupational coaching model that she uses with her clients. Listen in an earn 1 hour of professional development for doing so! ​

 OTSH 48: How I am Providing Teletherapy Services | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 50:05

In this episode, Jayson shares how he has transitioned to providing teletherapy for the students on his caseload. He talks about the technology involved, the types of teletherapy, simple treatment ideas, and even some ethics of the situation. At the end of the episode, Jayson answers several questions that were asked on Instagram. 

 OTSH 47: Notes From a Special Education Attorney Feat. Tony Tai Nguyen, PC | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:10:12

In this episode, Jayson hosts Tony Tai Nguyen, a Special Education Attorney based in southern California. Together we discuss why parents seek out attorneys and what attorneys are looking for in a good IEP meeting. We will also discuss why parents do not always agree with IEPs and what he is preparing for as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

 OTSH 46: School-Based Occupational Therapy in Rural America ​ Feat. Billy Hatridge, OTR/L | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:07:02

In this episode, Jayson hosts "The OT Dad", Billy Hatridge, to talk about what it is like to an education-based occupational therapist in the rural area of southwest Arkansas. Listen in as we share stories to help you not make the same mistakes we have.

 OTSH 45: Tips For New School-Based OTs From The OTSH Community | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 40:23

In this episode, Jayson shares advice from eighteen fellow school-based occupational therapists and members of the OT School House Community! We cover each of the following topics:  Getting to know everyone on campus and allow them to get to know you Building Rapport Asking Questions Knowledge Translation - Get trained and train others Getting organized so that you can be flexible Advocating for yourself!

 OTSH 44: The OT - OTA Working Relationship Feat. Mary KleinHeksel & Cait Bowen | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 54:27

In this episode, Jayson hosts an OT/OTA team from the state of Michigan to discuss the dynamics of the working relationship and how to maximize communication. Mary Kleinheksel and Cait Bowen talk about the systems they have put in place to maximize communications and facilitate trust among the practitioners. We also talk about aspects of billing, evaluations, treatment planning, and how many COTA's an OT can supervise.

 OTSH 43: Seven Reminders For That Tough IEP Meeting | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 35:30

In this episode, I share 7 tips to help you get ready for a tough, maybe high-profile, IEP. With the help of a few personal experiences, I talk about how to ensure that you are prepared logistically and emotionally for what can be an intense 3-6 hours with the IEP team.

 OTSH 42: Building A Solid Foundation In RTI For Occupational Therapists | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 44:18

In episode 42, Jayson shares how RTI has moved from being just for teachers to being for service providers as well. He talks about what an ideal RTI system looks like, how he implements RTI in his schools, and how you can start moving toward an RTI model. Listen in for some excellent tips to get you started!

 OTSH 41: Building a School-Based Occupational Profile (With Handout) | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 33:19

In episode 41, Jayson talks about the American Occupational Therapy Association's Occupational Profile and how it can be better suited to meet the needs of school-based and pediatric occupational therapists. We will look at why it is important to build an occupational profile and how to best do that in the schools to save you time and energy! Get your free download of the OTSH SBOT Occupational Profile at

 OTSH 40: SBOT Journal Club - Autism, Hand Strength, & Handwriting Feat. Billy Hatridge | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 19:06

In this episode, Jayson hosts the OT Dad, Billy Hatridge, to review an article titled "Hand Strength, Handwriting, and Functional Skills in Children With Autism" by Michele Alaniz, Eleanor Galit, Corina Isabel Necesito & Emily Rosario. This is a 2015 article from the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

 OTSH 39: School-Based Occupational Therapy Journal Club: SBOT In The USA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 14:31

In this episode, Jayson reviews a 2015 article about what School-based occupational therapy looks like in the united states. It is the first in a series of journal articles Jayson will be reviewing. Check out the show notes for some of the important points Jayson covers related to this article.  Citation: Bissell, Julie & Cermak, Sharon. (2015). Frameworks, Models and Trends in School-Based Occupational Therapy in the United States. The Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy. 24. E49-E69. 

 OTSH 38: Creating a Referral Process & School-Based Occupational Therapy Manual | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:01:47

In this episode, Jayson hands the mic to Danielle Delorenzo OTR/L, My Bui OTR/L, and soon to be OTR/Ls, Michelle Vuong, Mary Nguyen, & Rivka Negin Rahmani. This fantastic group of OTs and OT students shares how they developed an evidence-based referral process and occupational therapy manual. This group has spent over a year together working on this manual for a school district in Southern California and recently presented their manual in a presentation at the OTAC Symposium in San Diego.

 OTSH 37: Preventing & Overcoming Burnout Feat. Erika Del Pozo, OTR/L | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:03:17

In this episode, Jayson interviews fellow occupational therapist, Erika Del Pozo, MOT, OTR/L on burnout in healthcare-related professions (yes, that includes school-based OTs too). We discuss everything from what is burn out, to how to prevent and overcome burnout. Join in and listen to this episode if you have ever felt like work has gotten the better of you. You won't regret it! Plus, be sure to earn your 1 contact hour of professional development and check out the resources in the Show notes.

 OTSH 36: Every Moment Counts Feat. Dr. Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 59:55

In this episode, Jayson has a discussion with Dr. Sue Bazyk, OTR/L, FAOTA, about the changes in school-based OT over the past 40 years and how therapists can move forward to support ALL students. Listen in to hear about: -How OT came to be ingrained in school-based Practice -How treatment models have changed over 40+ years in school-based OT -What the "Every Moment Counts" program is and where to learn more about it. (See below for links to several freebie Handouts)

 OTSH 35: Occupational Therapy and Trauma-Informed Care in Schools Feat. Colleen Cameron Whiting, MS, OTR/L | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 01:02:17

In this episode, Jayson interviews fellow school-based occupational therapist, Colleen Cameron Whiting. Colleen has recently had two articles published (cited below in the resources) on providing trauma-informed care (TIC) in the school and today she brings to the podcast a model about how school-based OTs can work with other educators to creating an environment in which students feel safe and welcomed. We also dive into what exactly trauma is and what occupational therapy using a TIC model looks like. 


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