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Effective Evaluation Strategies for School Based Therapists

presented by Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

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This course provides an overview of evaluation considerations when working in public school practice, within the context of the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA 2004). Emphasis is placed on selecting appropriate tools and strategies, decision-making and collaboration with other members of the educational team.

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Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Dr. Swinth is a professor and program chair at the University of Puget Sound. She has more than 25 years of experience working in pediatrics, primarily in school-based settings. Within the schools, she has provided therapy services for children from birth to 21 years of age and has been involved in the development of several…

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1. Evaluation and Assessment

In this chapter, we will discuss specific IDEA 2004 requirements that structure the evaluation process in schools including reasons for referral, specific terminology and ethical requirements when using standardized tests.

2. Tools and Strategies

In this chapter we will discuss different tools and strategies used to complete evaluations in school-based settings. Pros and cons of different tools and strategies will be discussed with an emphasis on the domain and process of occupational therapy as defined by the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd ed.

3. Evaluation Considerations

When evaluating children and youth in schools, occupational therapists must consider the student, the task and the context. Using a strength-based approach, this chapter discusses different evaluation considerations that can structure the evaluation process by occupational therapists in schools.

4. Writing the Evaluation Summary

Upon completion of the evaluation process, occupational therapists write a summary that describes findings in terms of student participation and function. This chapter provides strategies and considerations for writing the summary.

5. Question and Answer

Yvonne and Sheryl, a practicing school-based OT, discuss the realities of evaluation in school-based practice.

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