And the GOOD NEWS is that you don’t have to do it alone, I am here to HELP you!

School systems have their own unique expectations and challenges. Between IEPs, scheduling, running groups, and learning educational-based goal setting – you might feel confident in your skills as an OT but overwhelmed with everything else that is new.

“Confidence without clarity is a disaster” - Sadhguru

You want to be clear on the nuances of school based OT before you find yourself knee deep, struggling to stay afloat.

I found myself investing numerous hours, and working twice as hard to figure out how the school system functions, the logistics etc. and yet constantly felt uninformed and incompetent. And I hated that feeling! I was thrown into the school based setting several years ago with no support, training or mentoring in place. Unfortunately, this happens way too often, actually ALWAYS!

So, I totally relate to the frustration of not being able to deliver to the best of your ability as a result of being thrown into something unprepared...

It is AWFUL! But it does not need to be.
And that is the very reason I am here for YOU!

Why reinvent the wheel when I have already done it for you?

I am offering this course so that you start off on the right foot to becoming a confident school based OT. My goal is to empower you with all the tools you need to succeed, all in one place.

You don’t need to spend hours figuring out the system and coping with it.

Instead, use the time to invest in yourself and do what you like best - provide outstanding OT services. In doing so, you will feel equipped as a valued IEP team member, empowered to support the children you serve!

Ready to get started?

Introducing “NUTS AND BOLTS TO BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL BASED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST” a self paced online course with plenty of resources and opportunity for mentoring calls to navigate your unique challenges with confidence

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course you will feel confident and competent in:

  • Identify and recall abbreviations and terminology used in the school-based environment essential to report writing, navigating systems and related to state laws. 

  • Apply knowledge of laws and regulations that govern special education and school based OT practice.

  • Create systems and processes to streamline workload management unique to the school setting using templates shared in the course.

  • Demonstrate detailed knowledge of the IEP process, roles of different IEP team members, contents of the IEP document and types of IEP team meetings and what each entails.

  • Recognize and compare differences between school based OT and medical based OT, formulate goals and treatment objectives accordingly, and share that knowledge with different members of the interdisciplinary team.

  • Explain in detail what the role of a school-based OT is including their extensive scope of performance in the school setting.

What other's are saying

Invaluable as I made the transition

Reina G.

"Ushma's help was invaluable as I made the transition from working in skilled nursing to school-based OT. I had never worked in a school setting before and she guided me through everything from assessments to treatment ideas to supporting families through consultation. Her confidence and vast knowledge as an OT made me feel at ease in making the switch in my career and I've never looked back. I love working in schools and credit Ushma with helping me discover what I'm meant to do."

Her compassion and competence are inspiring...

Ingrid H.

"Ushma's resources and mentoring has been crucial for me when transitioning from clinical to school-based OT practice. Her insights and knowledge have helped me immensely with the transition. Not only did she provide me with a detailed guide of what to expect during the first days, but also an organized binder with useful information, valuable resources and print-outs that made the transition so much easier. Ushma has been an exceptional mentor to me. Her compassion and competence are inspiring and helpful to anyone who crosses paths with her."

Organized, easy to follow & very detailed

Adriana C.

Ushma’s course has greatly increased my confidence in feeling that I can truly be a successful school-based OT. It is organized in an easy-to-follow format, yet at the same time is very detailed with information on various topics I thought I had previously understood but realized I knew very little about. Ushma always provides thorough and insightful responses to any questions you may have. This course will definitely leave you feeling ready to begin a career in school-based OT. Overall, I am very thankful to have come across this affordable course at the start of my OT career!

If you are a newer school OT this course is everything!

Natalie F.

Oh my world! I just finished this course and I cannot believe how amazing it is! It is packed with resources, templates (you should get the templates!), tip, tricks, guidance, do/don'ts and so much more! If you are a newer school OT this course is everything! Go for it! :) Thank you beyond words!

Audience can best understand or relate to their own experiences

Kristen M.

I would highly recommend this course to new or seasoned therapists who need a refresher or new strategies/ ideas and to any OT student looking to work in pediatrics/ school-based OT or have a level II fieldwork in the area. I learned a lot more about the RTI process, timelines, and how to stay best organized while managing a caseload that can be high. Ushma really provided a way to break down the areas of working in the school systems so that her audience can best understand or relate to their own experiences. Thank you!

Online Course Content

Self paced pre-recorded videos and downloadable slides
With tons of invaluable resources!!!

  • Module 1: School Based OT and Laws that Govern it
    Topic 1: Introduction to School OT
    Topic 2: Role of OT’s
    Topic 3: Laws that Govern School Based OT
    Topic 4: Educational Model vs Medical model
    Module 1 FAQ's and real world scenarios

  • Module 2: IEP and 504 Plan
    Topic 1: What is an IEP
    Topic 2: Type of IEP Meetings
    Topic 3: IEP Team Members and their Role
    Topic 4: Preschool Assessment Team
    Topic 5: Collaborating with parents
    Topic 6: Referral to Intervention Steps and Timelines
    Topic 7: Walk through an IEP Team Meeting
    Topic 8: 504 Plans
    Topic 9: Individualized Family Service Plan
    Topic 10: IEP Transition Plan
    Module 2 FAQ's and real world scenarios

  • Module 3: Testing and Goal writing
    Topic 1: Screening
    Topic 2: Proceeding to Evaluation vs Not
    Topic 3: Commonly used Standardized Test
    Topic 4: Testing through Skilled Observation
    Topic 5: Independent Educational Evaluation
    Topic 6: Goal writing
    Topic 7: Documentation
    Module 3 FAQ's and real world scenarios

  • Module 4 : Scope of Practice as a School-based OT
    Topic 1: Response to Intervention
    Topic 2: OT as a Service in Schools
    Topic 3: Frames of Reference and Approaches
    Topic 4: Performance Areas commonly addressed in the schools
    Topic 5: Beyond motor, sensory and cognitive
    Topic 6: Entry, continuation and termination of services
    Topic 7: Parting thoughts as you dive in
    Module 4 FAQ's and real world scenarios

This is an INVESTMENT you are making in yourself, to hit the ground running and give your best !!

  • Self-Study

    ● Self paced online presentations that covers the nuts and bolts related to school based OT with slides to reference to OT
    ● FAQs with real life applicable scenarios to refer back to anytime

    And invaluable resources like:
    ● System for workload management
    ● Templates for everything from keeping track of things, as well as screening and evaluating students
    ● List of common accommodations to include in IEPs and 504 plans
    ● Common suggestions for teachers to better support their students
    ● Sample screenings of observation and recommendations
    ● Sample evaluations
    ● Goal bank


  • Mentoring

    ● Self paced online presentations that covers the nuts and bolts related to school based OT with slides to reference to OT
    ● FAQs with real life applicable scenarios to refer back to anytime
    ● One 1:1 mentoring call
    ● Two 1 hour group mentoring calls
    ● Three months of support via email

    And invaluable resources like:
    ● System for workload management
    ● Templates for everything from keeping track of things, as well as screening and evaluating students
    ● List of common accommodations to include in IEPs and 504 plans
    ● Common suggestions for teachers to better support their students
    ● Sample screenings of observation and recommendations
    ● Sample evaluations
    ● Goal bank


Payment plans available on request!

30-day, 100% money-back guarantee. Go ahead!

The course is for you if:

  • You are an OT new to the school system

  • You want to gain clarity on the processes and systems as they relate to school OT

  • Looking for a mentor

  • Want access to tried and tested templates to make caseload management easier

This course is not for you if:

  • You have been practicing as a school based OT for years

  • Are happy with the systems you have in place

  • Already have the resources you need and a mentor to guide you along the way

The choice is yours, but trust me it is way easier to INVEST in yourself rather than REINVENTING success all by yourself.

Go from feeling Uncertain and Fearful, to Confident and Thriving….

Sign up today to gain clarity and peace of mind as you set in motion towards becoming the OT you want to be!

Frequently Ask Questions

  • Can I purchase this course at anytime?

    No, unfortunately this course will only be offered during selected times of the year. So make sure to save a spot if you are truly interested. You will be able to download all the digital resources to refer back to as needed. You'll have access to the platform for 6 months and will need to complete a course completion test (passing score 70%) to receive the contact hours within 6 months from enrollment.

  • How much time should I set aside to complete this course?

    The online pre-recorded presentation along with FAQ's relevant to each module section would take about 3 hours to complete. You will also have lifetime access to templates, teacher suggestions and IEP accommodations, sample evaluation and screening reports as well as a goal bank to reference and use as needed in your practice which would take an additional of 5 hours to review. The mentoring package has an added 2 hour of group coaching, 1 hour individual coaching and 3 months of support via email.

  • What are the instructional methods used in this course? What if I need accommodations?

    This is an online self paced course with a pre-recorded presentation covering the course content in an audio and video format. Supplemented with downloadable slide deck for ease of referencing. FAQ documents discussing real life scenarios for each module and tons of other downloadable resources like templates, recommendations for teachers, example evaluation and screening reports to apply in practice with lifelong access. Group and 1:1 Mentorship opportunities based on tier enrolled in. Email me at with further details and I will provide accommodations specific to your needs per ADA.

  • Do I earn CEUs?

    NBCOT does not require that a course be approved by any state or national organization. However, if you also want to use this course towards your state license renewal, be sure to check your state requirements since they vary per state. In order to receive a certificate of completion with appropriate contact hours, you will have to complete a post course quiz and pass with a minimum of 70%.

  • What if I have more questions or run into issues?

    I am here for you! Feel free to email me at and I will be happy to answer any additional questions or support any issues you run into.

    I would also love to hear from you about the gains you make!

  • What if I am not happy with the course?

    I am very certain that this course will prepare you and make you more confident in your journey as a school based OT, this is why it’s backed up with a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee.

    I want you to be happy with this course, and feel like this was the right decision for you. If for some reason you’re not happy with the content and materials presented in this course, I am happy to refund the amount (minus 10% administrative fee) once you share feedback. This will help me to continue making this course better.

    It’s all risk-free. No hassles, no hard feelings.

    Go ahead! You have nothing to lose.

Course Creator and Mentor

Ushma Sampat

I strive to provide holistic and comprehensive OT services with team collaboration and training as key ingredients. My passion for improving the lives of children has informed my role as an OT educator. I love supporting fellow OT's through fieldwork, mentoring and internships.

So, are you ready to partner with me to help you soar?