Q&A with Robyn Chu on Online Occupational Therapy

Robyn Chu

Since our last webinar, online occupational has slowly been gaining momentum in the special education community. However, many are still hesitant about online occupational therapy and what it can provide to K-12 students.

To address these concerns, I sat down for a brief Q&A with Robyn Chu, MOT, OTR/L, who will be one of two presenters in our upcoming webinar “Online OT-For Real! Real Kids. Real Goals. Real Results.”

1. Why is it important for school administrators and the special education community to learn about online occupational therapy?
Online OT is a great way to keep students in the least restrictive environment, support them with quality OT services, and save money! Our therapists understand the difference between clinic-based, medical model services and school-based services.

2. What are some misconceptions about online occupational therapy that you believe are important to address and clarify?
While online OT is not the answer for all students with school-based OT services, most students can make progress on their goals using this model. Using a team approach, our OT’s build a connection with teachers, parents and students and provide individualized services.

3. What are some benefits of online occupational therapy that school administrators and occupational therapists may not be aware of?
Using online OT, therapists can still group students as needs and abilities line up.
Because online OT uses items commonly found around the house or classroom, activities and sensory strategies are more easily generalized to every day life.

To learn about online occupational therapy, sign up now for our upcoming webinar!