Demand for OT in school settings is growing due to increases in cases of learning disabilities, sensory processing disorder (SPD) and autism combined with the rigors of the Common Core Standards. SPED administrators are trying—and seeing success with—new service delivery options, including using online therapists. For online OT, how can SPED administrators go about selecting students who will see good results with this model? Which delivery models work best for specific student goals? How can a blended model of online and onsite delivery improve quality of service, outcomes and compliance?
Dr. Rondalyn Whitney, PhD, OT/L, is an assistant professor of occupation therapy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was previously the senior research coordinator at Kennedy Krieger Institute, where her work focused on social skills intervention for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Robyn Chu, MOT, OTR/L, has professional experience that includes Shriners Hospital in Sacramento and the El Dorado County Office of Education as an Occupational Therapist and Lead Occupational Therapist. Robyn completed both the Level 1 and 2 intensive mentorship programs through the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation in Colorado and has been successfully treating SPD for the last three years using the techniques and research taught through the SPD Foundation.
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