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!

Introducing “NUTS AND BOLTS TO BECOMING A SUCCESSFUL SCHOOL BASED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST” a self paced online course with opportunity for 1:1 mentoring calls with yours truly to navigate the unique expectations and challenges of the school system with confidence

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?

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

  • Completing IEP's

  • Understanding the laws and terms unique to school OT

  • Managing the unique routines of school OT using templates for caseload management

  • Completing school-based evaluations with sample evaluations

  • Efficiently writing goals with assist of curated goal bank

  • Problem-solving cases to provide effective intervention through case-studies and online support.

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."

Online Course Content

Self paced pre-recorded videos and downloadable slides
And lot more resources depending on the tier you purchase!

  • 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: IEP and 504 Plan
    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 !!

The course will be available for purchase only until
August 8th 2020

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

  • Basic

    ● Self-paced Online Course that covers the nuts and bolts related to school-based OT

    ● Support through a FB group
    ● List of Common Accommodations to include in IEPs and 504 plans.


  • Intermediate

    ● Self paced Online Course that covers the nuts and bolts related to school based OT
    ● Templates for caseload management and getting systems in order

    ● Support through a FB group
    ● List of Common Accommodations to include in IEPs and 504 plans
    ● Sample screenings with observation and recommendations
    ● Sample evaluations
    ● Goal bank


  • Premium

    ● Self paced Online Course that covers the nuts and bolts related to school based OT
    ● Templates for caseload management and getting systems in order
    ● Three 1 hour group mentoring calls
    ● One 1:1 mentoring call

    ● Support through a FB group
    ● List of Common Accommodations to include in IEPs and 504 plans
    ● Sample screenings with observation and recommendations
    ● Sample evaluations
    ● Goal bank
    ● Email support for 6 months


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! You don't want to miss out on the pre-sale discounted price, so don't delay.

Frequently Ask Questions

  • How many hours worth of course content do I get?

    The online self paced part along with discussing different applicable scenarios through each modules FAQ section would take about 4-6 hours. All the templates, bank of suggestions and accommodations, sample evaluation and screening reports and goal bank are available for you to reference and use as needed in your practice. The premium tier has an added 3 hour of group coaching and 1 hour individual coaching.

  • 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.

  • 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'll have access to the material for a year to refer back as needed anyways- so you can complete it whenever you feel ready!

  • When will the course be available?

    The course is set as an online self paced program so that you can complete it in the comfort of your home depending on your schedule and availability. You will have access to the course in a video format with downloadable slides along with other documents for caseload management and treatment planning depending on the package you choose.

  • 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?