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Resources for School-Based OT Practitioners

Promoting School Leadership 
Learn how AOTA is advocating for formal leadership tracks for school OT Practitioners by sending letters to state administrators and to directors of special education across the country. Listen to a virtual chat that shares personal leadership stories and provides strategies to build your leadership capacity. 

Medicaid Cost Recovery in Schools 
With ongoing challenges in blending education and Medicaid policies and practices, AOTA has developed many resources to help. Find chats, articles and FAQs about Medicaid in the schools.

Building Partnerships and Sharing Value 
In order to build collaborations, practitioners must clearly articulate their role and distinct value. Review  and  distribute AOTA  resources ( such as brochures, fact sheets, and tip sheets) to launch a dialogue  with key partners.

Being Accountable in Schools 
Refer to the evidence to support your practices and relate your service to reaching state accountability standards and measures. Make connections to educational goals related to transition, socio-emotional outcomes, and literacy. 

Using a Public Health Approach in School Practice 
Occupational therapy  services include prevention, promotion, and intervention strategies within a continuum from general to special education. These AOTA resources will also review the benefits of transforming from a caseload to a workload approach.

Connecting Education Policy to Practice 
School Occupational therapy service aligns with education policy. Learn more about our role as a related service under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act ( IDEA)  and as one of the  specialized instructional support personnel (SISP) under Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). 

Promoting Inclusion of Both Clients and Practitioners in Natural Settings 
Inclusive and integrated occupational therapy service offers value to clients and to the profession as a whole. AOTA has developed a collection of resources to learn more about this important issue and to share with our partners


Role of OT - Backpack Safety

Role of OT - Transitions