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.

So many school-based OTs struggle to figure it out alone.

This leads to:
● Burn out
● Mistakes
● Services impacted
● Legal implications
● Loss of job

You want to be clear on the nuances specific to school-based OT. So instead of struggling to stay afloat, you can jump right in –  helping students, keeping families and school staff happy, plus meeting laws and regulations.

That's the reason I am here to support you – so that you can be a school OT who is amazing at their job!

Why reinvent the wheel when I’ve already done the work?

In this course, I share my years of experience as a school-based OT – plus the tools, resources, and templates I curated over time. With these tools, I set your OT up for success with everything they need, all in one place.

Instead of spending hours creating their own systems and processes, they take my tools to get started doing what they love – providing outstanding OT services and contributing as a valued IEP team member.

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

YES! Also qualifies for continuing education requirements

Knock out 0.6 AOTA-approved CEUs, that's 6 contact hours towards your license renewal!

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 related to report writing, navigating systems, and 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.

  • Recognize and compare differences between school based OT and medical based OT

  • Demonstrate understanding of the role of occupational therapy in the school, formulate goals and treatment objectives accordingly, and share that knowledge with different members of the interdisciplinary team.

What others 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 practical resources for daily use as a school OT!!!

  • 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 !!

I'm In

Here’s what you get:

Self paced online presentations that cover the nuts and bolts related to school based OT
Real world scenarios with application of concepts to frequently encountered problems
Course Workbook to encourage you to reflect, plan next steps and help you leap into action!

Time-saving resources:

System for workload management designed specifically for the unique demands of a school caseload
Templates for keeping track of essentials, completing screens and evaluations
List of common accommodations to include in IEPs and 504 plans
Time-tested recommendations to help teachers better support their students
● Learn from sample screenings showing what to look for and recommend
Sample evaluations to guide this complex process
Goal bank to quickly write great goals
Intervention ideas to refer to and build on

And more...

Regular price $297
NOW $247

Additional mentoring available upon request

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

The course is for you if:

  • Looking for a mentor

  • 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

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

This course is not for you if:

  • Are happy with the systems you have in place

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

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

  • You are okay with figuring out things as you go even if that means working off the clock and still being uncertain

It’s way easier — and saves so much heartache — 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

  • I want to purchase this course for my employees, am I in the right place?

    You could still purchase from here if you’re buying this course as a school district, an agency or private practice owner for an employee, but if you head over to (case sensitive) you will find more relevant information and ability to customize or receive discounts for groups!

  • Can I purchase this course at anytime?

    This course opens for enrollment only 2-3 times a year. If that happens to be now, dive in! If not, make sure to add your email at the very bottom of this page to stay in the loop.

    Course content is immediately available to be purchased and viewed at any time to get the information you need right away.

    Your will 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. Test needs to be completed within 6 months from enrollment. You will be able to download all the digital resources for future reference to refer back to as needed.

  • 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 4 hours to complete.

    You will also have lifetime access to the templates and all resources to reference and use as needed in your practice which would take an additional of 2 hours to review but longer to implement.

  • 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. It’s also supplemented with a downloadable slide deck for easy reference.

    Each module includes FAQ documents that discuss real-life scenarios and other downloadable resources like templates, recommendations for teachers, example evaluation, and screening reports to apply in practice with lifelong access.

    If you need accommodations, email me at [email protected] with details and I will provide accommodations per ADA.

  • Are continuing education credits for ongoing professional registration issued for this course?

    YES! This course is approved by AOTA for 0.6 CEUs, that's 6 contact hours.

    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 am not happy with the course?

    I am very certain that this course will prepare and increase confidence for school-based OT who put in the effort. This is why it’s backed up with a 30-day, 100% money-back guarantee.

    I encourage you to reach out to me if you need help determining if this course is right for you.

    If after signing up, you are not satisfied with the content, I am happy to refund the amount (minus 10% administrative fee). I encourage feedback with all refunds so that I can continue to improve my course.

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

    Go ahead! You have nothing to lose.

  • Still have questions before purchasing the course or run into issues?

    Feel free to email me at [email protected] and I will be happy to answer any additional questions or support any issues that come up.

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 spent more than 5 years honing my skills as school-based OT and continue to enjoy collaborating with schools through my private practice.

I love supporting fellow OTs through fieldwork, mentoring, and internships. Through my own practice and this course, I’ve mentored over 200 therapists become more confident and successful OTs. It brings me so much joy to think of all the lives I have touched- directly and indirectly, through my programs!

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

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