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Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Schools

Edited by Gloria Frolek Clark, PhD, OTR/L, BCP, FAOTA and Barbara E. Chandler, PhD, OTR/L FAOTA


Forword by Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA and Jane Davis Rourk, OTR FAOTA


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Nearly 22% of school occupational therapy practitioners work in school settings, creating demand for current, effective, and evidence-based best practices for students. Reflecting the extensiveness of occupational therapy practice in schools, this exciting publication contains best practices from preschool to postsecondary transitions, from ADLs to driving.


Highlights include

·         Section I. Foundations of School Practice—8 chapters cover topics such as history, the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, ethics, role of OTAs, state guidelines, leadership, professional access and negotiation, and student access.

·         Section II. Evidence-Guided Practices: Systems-Level Considerations to Support Participation—15 chapters cover topics such as evaluation, intervention, documentation, program evaluation, workloads, fieldwork, collaborating, resolving conflicts, EI services and RtI, health and wellness, mental health, universal design for learning, transportation, preschooler transition, and postsecondary transition.

·         Section III. Evidence-Guided Practices: Population-Based Planning to Support Participation—11 chapters cover topics such as 504 plans, autism, emotional disturbance, hearing impairments and deafness, low-incidence disabilities, health impairments, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, TBI, and visual impairments.

·         Section IV. Evidence-Guided Practices: Performance-Based Considerations to Enhance Student Participation—6 chapters cover topics such as cognition and executive functioning, sensory processing skills, motor and praxis skills, visual perception, fine motor and visual–perceptual skills, and communication and social skills.

·         Section V. Evidence-Guided Practices: Activity-Based Considerations to Enhance Student Participation—8 chapters cover topics such as literacy, handwriting, assistive technology, ADLs, IADLs, eating and swallowing, play and leisure, and driver’s education.


With a deliberate focus on student participation, Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Schools provides practical applications of evidence-based research to daily practice. This comprehensive text guides readers through issues particularly relevant to occupational therapy in schools, such as RtI and positive behavioral supports, 504 plans, IEPs, and students’ rights and eligibility for occupational therapy services under relevant laws such as IDEA.


Destined to become an occupational therapy classic, Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Schools is the most comprehensive publication available for practice in schools.



Additional Details:

SKU: 900344
ISBN: 978-1-56900-344-2
Product Type: Book
Year Published: 2013

  • AOTA Press
  • Educator
  • Practitioner
  • Student
  • Practice
  • Educational Textbook
  • School-Based Practice
  • School
  • Roles
  • Ethics
  • Collaboration
  • Participation
  • Documentation
  • Evaluation
  • Early Intervening Services
  • Response to intervention
  • transition
  • ADLs
  • IADLs
  • Autism