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Presented by: Sharon Ray, ScD, OTR/L
originally recorded August 11, 2016

Webinars are video presentations and include the recorded PowerPoint and lecture and a .pdf copy of the PowerPoint notes.

Description: The passage of IDEA 2004 encourages school systems to begin to determine a student’s need for special education services by evaluating the child’s response to “scientific, research-based interventions.” The tiered Response to Intervention (RTI) model is commonly used by many schools, districts and states. This model provides for increasing levels of service delivery but is often not well understood by school system related services providers who struggle to provide adequate and appropriate sensory integration-based services to their students. This webinar will discuss the RTI model and will describe how sensory integration-based services may be provided throughout the various tiers of this model.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this webinar viewers will be able to:

  1. Describe the components and tiers of the RTI model.
  2. Identify ways that sensory integration-based services may be provided in a school-based setting within the RTI model.
  3. Describe specific strategies for addressing sensory processing and praxis needs for children across the RTI service provision tiers.

Course Level: Intermediate. There are no prerequisites for this course.

Suitable For: Occupational therapists, OT assistants, physical therapists, PT assistants and students, speech and language therapists.

Domain: Contexts
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.5 contact hours or .15 AOTA CEUs.

Completion Requirements: To receive contact hours for this course you must listen to the recorded webinar in its entirety and complete the accompanying assessment.

About the Speaker: Dr. Sharon Ray, Sc.D., OTR/L received her M.S. degree and Sc.D. degree from Boston University and has extensive experience supporting children and their families in school based, early intervention, and private settings. She has published in the areas of parent child interaction, school-based practice, homelessness, and test development and critique. She has provided professional development training and consultation to administrators, educators, and related service providers families with a focus on enabling the student’s effective participation within the school setting. She has facilitated various research and leadership projects related to providing services in the school setting. She has presented locally and nationally on various issues that arise in the school setting. She co-authored the Guidelines for Provision of Occupational Therapy in Massachusetts Public Schools and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention. She is a cofounder of the Partnership for Advancement of School Service Providers (PASS, LLC).

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