presented by Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
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…Read full bio
1. Overview of OT in the School
Five to fifteen percent of children in the United States have sensory processing challenges that cause them to be slower learners or have behavior problems. This chapter defines the OT’s role in schools within the context of sensory processing intervention.
This chapter defines concepts referenced throughout the course, including sensory processing, sensory integration, sensory approach, and numerous other concepts and key terms.
3. How Do Sensory Challenges Impact the Classroom?
This chapter explores the practical effects of sensory challenges in the classroom, including the nuances of sensory responses versus more generalized behavior.
4. Services for Children With Sensory Processing Challenges
This chapter explores available services for children with sensory challenges, and specifics around roles for different members of the interdisciplinary team.
5. Specific Strategies to Support Participation
This chapter concludes the course with a discussion of practical strategies occupational therapists can use to make an immediate difference, such as multisensory teaching and zones of regulation. This chapter also discusses strategies for starting new programs and tying them to outcomes for students.
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