Occupational Therapy services are provided by Occupational Therapists or Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants with national certification and are licensed with the State of Minnesota. All therapists have passed a background check prior to employment. Therapists participate in annual continuing education and meet as a group on a monthly basis to share information about due process and the latest techniques to support student's growth.
Occupational Therapy Services Offered:
Consultation and observation of students for pre-referral process regarding environmental, instructional or curriculum modifications, and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) development.
Assessment and evaluations of individual students. Occupational Therapy (OT) assessments materials are provided by Integrative Therapy. Evaluation time includes administration of the assessments, scoring and analysis, and a written report.
Direct and indirect OT services in accordance with the student's IEP. Services can be provided as a push-in or pull-out service. Students are seen individually or in small groups of 2-3 students.
Teacher training on the role of OT, sensory processing, incorporating movement into the classroom, functional vision, handwriting, and fine motor skills are available. Length of training and information presented is catered to the school and audience.
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Introduction to Occupational Therapy (OT) in the Schools
30 min - Occupational therapists work closely with teachers and school staff, but often staff are unsure of the role of OT in the schools. This training can be completed with the entire school staff, special education teachers, special education team, or paraprofessionals. Information addressed includes an introduction to what is OT and role of OT in the schools, an explanation of the primary reasons for referrals, education on the OT pre-referral checklists, and best practice for collaboration with OT. One of these additional topics can be included based on the school’s goal for the training: common accommodations supported by the OT or common therapeutic supports used in the classroom (an explanation of the purpose of the support and demonstration of its use is included).
Occupational Therapy Paraprofessionals training
1 hour - Occupational therapists work closely with paraprofessionals to support IEP goals and objectives. When the paraprofessionals understand why they are supporting the students with specific activities, techniques or equipment, they are more likely to follow through and ask more questions to best serve the students. This presentation will create a partnership between the occupational therapist and paraprofessionals by educating them on the role of OT in school and explaining sensory processing/sensory processing disorder. Common accommodations supported by OT, therapy supports commonly seen in the classroom and education on sensory breaks/ways to maximize benefits of these breaks will be addressed. Attendees will participate in one movement and breathing activity.
2 hour - All of the information from the one hour presentation will be included along with an in-depth explanation of sensory processing disorder, an opportunity to experience what it feels like to have sensory processing disorder, additional movement and breathing experiential learning opportunities, and additional school specific directives on group sensory breaks, hallway breaks or other school specific information will be provided.
Move to Learn: Incorporating Movement into the Classroom
1 hour - Research supports the need for students and adults to exercise and move their bodies for optimal health and learning. This training is for classroom teachers to understand the impact of movement & exercise on the brain, know when and how to incorporate movement into the classroom and experience at least one movement and breathing activity. Teachers will be given time to create a plan to implement the next school day and be provided a list of resources for movement activities.
Support Student Success from an Occupational Therapy Perspective
2 hours - Occupational therapists understand how activating our senses can improve brain function and enhance learning. In this presentation, school staff will gain a greater understanding of the role of OT in the school and areas supported by OT, but more importantly they will learn how to enhance learning with their students, not just the ones receiving occupational therapy services. An in-depth explanation of sensory processing/sensory processing disorder and motor skills will be discussed. Teachers will be given information on ways to enhance learning by incorporating movement breaks into the day and providing cognitive/sensory supports for students, understand developmentally appropriate expectations and receive education of environmental considerations to enhance learning. Specific instructions will be given to setup a space in the classroom for children to take a break. Attendees will complete movement and breathing experiential learning opportunities and be provided a list of resources for movement breaks.
RESET: An Integrative Approach to Trauma Informed Education
4 hours - Nearly all teachers and schools work with children who have experienced trauma. One out of every 4 children attending school has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior (source: The National Traumatic Child Stress Network Child Trauma Toolkit for Educators). It is important for educators to understand how best to support students who have experienced trauma. In this training, teachers will gain an understanding of what is trauma, the impact of trauma on the brain and learning, and gain an understanding of trauma informed education. Teachers will walk away with practical solutions on how to foster & build relationships with their students, empower students on a daily basis, support self-regulation and enhance their classroom environment to support these areas. Small group discussion, action plans to implement the next school day, and participation in movement, breathing and mindfulness strategies will be included in the presentation.
6 hours - The all-day training includes all the information above, with the additional time for teachers to make a comprehensive plan for their entire day with when/how they will incorporate the strategies discussed in the training. Additional time will be provided to experience movement, breathing and mindfulness strategies along with role playing to support relationships with students.
Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC) Meetings - 1-hour meetings
Sensory Processing Disorder: Understanding your child’s needs and how to help
Everyone has sensory-based needs and sensitivities of varying degrees. Oftentimes, parents are unsure how to manage their child's unique needs and may be surprised to learn how they may be tied to outward behavioral reactions they are seeing at home. In this presentation, parents will be given information on the supportive role of OT in schools and how that differs from outpatient clinics, sensory processing/sensory processing disorder, and therapy supports commonly seen in the classroom that may also be implemented at home. Attendees will be provided a list of resources of activities to do at home along with a list of resources available in the community to support their child.
Getting the Wiggles out in Winter
All children benefit from play and physical activity! Living in Minnesota can provide some challenges to families in how to give children enough of that physical activity during the cold, dark months of winter. When activity is restricted due to weather, outward behaviors can become more challenging for parents to manage. In this presentation, parents will be given background information on a child’s sensory needs to explain why these behaviors escalate and be provided with numerous practical ideas to support children at home and out in the community. Attendees will be provided with a list of activities for the home that includes affordable equipment and use of items they may already have around the house as well as community-based resources specific to the area.
About Integrative Therapy
What is Integrative Therapy?
Integrative Therapy provides high quality Occupational Therapy (OT) services to charter schools in the greater Twin Cities metro area. Operated by a local, experienced Occupational Therapist, Integrative Therapy aspires to help students reach their full potential at school. Occupational Therapy services focus on understanding the impact of foundational skills on the student's behavior and ability to learn, while providing fun, challenging activities to improve these skills. We believe in working as a team with teachers, staff, and parents in order for the students to maximize their benefit from services.
Integrative Therapy delivers OT services on site at the designated space provided by the school. Therapists are professional, reliable, and innovative. Ongoing collaboration and communication with school personnel is a priority of our staff to ensure student success. We respect that every school's culture is unique and abide by each school's policies and procedures. Treatment materials and assessments are supplied by Integrative Therapy. Therapists are available for consultation, evaluations, services, and teacher training.
Our sister company, Integrative Education, sponsored the 1st annual Integrative Education Symposium in 2019 that focused on best practice for pediatric interventions for occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech language pathologists and educators. The mission of Integrative Education is to strengthen the knowledge of health professionals working with children with special needs by providing learning through innovative, holistic continuing education opportunities. Visit www.integrativeed.com for more information on the upcoming events.
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