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Yvonne Swinth, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Yvonne Swinth Instructor Bio:
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 different programs and grants that address service delivery issues to students with disabilities. She also has completed research projects, worked on different local and national committees, and is a past chair of the School Systems Special Interest Section.

She has mentored student research studies for more than 12 years and has extensive experience with qualitative research, single subject studies and survey research. Currently, Dr. Swinth and some of her students have been researching the effectiveness and outcomes of dynamic seating in general education classrooms to support student participation. Other research interests include effective and efficient occupational therapy assessment and services in the schools, assistive technology, and service delivery options for children with disabilities. Dr. Swinth is currently completing the data analysis of a national research project that looks at issues of efficacy and efficiency of school-based practice.

Dr. Swinth has presented locally and nationally regarding issues of school-based practice for occupational therapists and has authored several chapters in books regarding occupational therapy service delivery in the schools as well as pediatric service delivery. Most recently, she authored a chapter on school-based services for Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy and a chapter on services for children with severe disabilities in the new AOTA textbook for school-based therapists. She also recently has several publications in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy on services for children with autism. Dr. Swinth is the founding editor of the Journal of Occupational Therapy In Schools and Early Intervention.

Yvonne Swinth's Continuing Education Courses

Effective Evaluation Strategies for School Based Therapists

Effective Evaluation Strategies for School Based Therapists

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… Read Morearrow_right

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Evaluation Strategies and Case Examples for School Based Therapists

Evaluation Strategies and Case Examples for School Based Therapists

In this course, four student (preschool, elementary, middle and high-school age) cases are presented to illustrate best practice considerations for the evaluation process and the assessment tools and strategies to be used within the context… Read Morearrow_right

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Service Delivery in School: An Overview of Best Practice by Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Service Delivery in School: An Overview of Best Practice by Occupational Therapy Practitioners

This course provides an overview of occupational therapy service delivery in the schools. Utilizing current research and service delivery trends, emphasis is on best practice strategies. Key issues that may impact professional decision-making… Read Morearrow_right

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