OT and SLP: Working Together to Explore Language in Sensory Integration


This live talk will address questions surrounding the where, when, how and why to successful collaboration between speech therapists and occupational therapists.


Featuring: Jen Dulz, MS, OTR/L & Sarah Friel, MA, CCC-SLP
originally recorded March 4, 2019

LiveTalks are hour long audio-only podcasts. This LiveTalk is part of the Collaboration for Care: Combining Treatment Disciplines for Greater Effectiveness bundle.

Description: Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy have a considerable amount of overlap between therapeutic function such as feeding and social engagement. When provided together, these two disciplines compliment the treatment plan for an individual as well as improve treatment outcomes. Through the presentation of a case study and guided discussion, representatives from each discipline will examine the case with their individual treatment lens. Our guest speakers will discuss how they work together to address the individual’s and family’s goals within their treatment sessions and how they collaborate together to support the family and child. This live talk will address questions surrounding the where, when, how and why to successful collaboration between speech therapists and occupational therapists.

Learning Objectives
By the end of this LiveTalk listeners will be able to:

  1. Identify 3 steps to building a relationship between speech therapist and occupational therapists.
  2. State 3 challenges to effective collaboration between speech therapists and occupational therapists.
  3. Identify 3 key strategies to use in interdisciplinary collaborations to foster common goal achievement.

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants.

Domain: Areas of Occupation
Process: Intervention

Contact Hours: This course is worth 1.0 contact hours or 0.1 AOTA CEUs.

About the Speakers: Jen Dulz earned her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Washington University in St. Louis. Jen has extensive experience evaluating and treating infants, children, teens, families and adults within the home, school, clinic, and camp settings. She currently serves as a staff occupational therapist, mentor, and specialty coordinator in the area of auditory interventions. She has completed the Sensory Integration Certification Program (SIPT) and is a certified provider of Therapeutic Listening as well as Integrated Listening Systems. Jen also has training in DIR/Floortime, manual therapies, Kinesiotaping, trauma-informed practice, and visual-vestibular treatment techniques. Jen is passionate about play as well as her relationships with her clients and their families.

Sarah Friel is from the UK and graduated from the Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, as a licensed speech therapist. She gained a post-professional Masters in Philosophy and Linguistics at Birkbeck College, University of London. Her career has focused on academic research and pediatric communication disorders in a wide variety of settings such as schools, hospitals and in-home therapy. Before emigrating to the United States, Sarah was an Assistant Professor of Speech Pathology at the University of Reading, UK, and senior specialist SLP in cleft palate and craniofacial disorders at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, London. Sarah moved to Virginia in 2004 as a doctoral scholar at James Madison University and became a research associate at the University of VA’s Curry School of Education where she conducted research in Preschool Language and Literacy Lab. Sarah is trained in the Hanen© programs: ‘It Takes Two to Talk,’ ‘Learning Language and Loving It,’ and ‘More than Words.’ She is comfortable working with all pediatric client groups but has particular interest in developmental speech and language disorders, autism, motor speech disorders, cleft and craniofacial disorders and phonological and emergent literacy disorders.

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

ADA/Section 504: If you require special accommodations, please contact the Spiral Foundation at admin@thespiralfoundation.org or (617) 969-4410 ext. 231.

Continuing Education:

Occupational Therapy Practitioners/ Occupational Therapy Assistants:  The Spiral Foundation is an Approved Provider of Continuing Education for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants by the American Occupational Therapy Association.  The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.



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