The OT/Teacher Partnership: Effectively Supporting Students in Inclusive Environments


This LiveTalk will discuss how to successfully collaborate with classroom teachers on implementation of sensory-based interventions and strategies in the school setting.


Featuring: Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA and Jacqueline Kelleher, MA, PhD
originally recorded July 29,2019

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

Description: Come listen to the expert authors of the Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment, as they discuss the 10 important steps occupational therapists should take to successfully collaborate with classroom teachers on implementation of sensory-based interventions and strategies in the school setting. In this talk, Heather and Jacqueline will expand on these steps, as well as inform the listener on how to implement best practice for effective inclusion of children with sensory processing challenges in the classroom and school environment. They will also discuss the challenges of obtaining resources to implement successful collaborations.

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

  1. Identify steps to building effective collaboration between occupational therapist and classroom teachers
  2. Identify key strategies to obtaining adequate resources for effective collaboration in the school setting
  3. State challenges or barriers to effective collaboration within a school system

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

Suitable For: Occupational Therapists, OT Assistants

Domain: Performance Skills
Process: Intervention

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

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

About the Speakers: Heather Miller-Kuhaneck, PhD OTR/L FAOTA, has practiced for over 25 years, specializing in autism and OT using sensory integrative intervention. Mrs. Kuhaneck is an editor / co-editor of three editions of Autism: A Comprehensive Occupational Therapy Approach, co-author of Activity Analysis, Creativity, and Playfulness in Pediatric Occupational Therapy: Making Play Just Right and co-author of the Sensory Processing Measure, the Sensory Processing Measure- Preschool, and the Classroom Sensory Environment Assessment. She is the co-editor of the next edition of Occupational Therapy for Children and Adolescents. She has written a variety of chapters and journal articles on intervention for children with autism, promoting family resilience, coping in mothers of children with ASD, and play in occupational therapy.

Dr. Jacqueline Kelleher is the new State Director of Special Education for Vermont. Her passion includes disability rights, specially designed instruction, inclusive programming, collaboration, assessment, instructional design, education law, and teaching. She has been Chair of the School of Education at Franklin Pierce University, on faculty at Sacred Heart University, education consultant for Connecticut State Department of Education, assessment coordinator and teacher educator for University of Connecticut, Director of Educational Content for Beginning with Children Foundation, and a learning specialist for Grades 7-12. Additionally, with her partner Dan, Dr. Kelleher has raised four amazing children who experience disabilities and/or disorders, including identical twins with autism. They are her inspiration and led her down her pathway towards special education and preparing teachers to meet the needs of all learners. She is very interested in how teachers, staff, administrators, and families collaborate to meet the needs of children and youth with disabilities

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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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