CE: School Based Practice - OT Refresher Course

This course is designed for occupational therapists interested in expanding their knowledge about the role of OT in school-based settings. It provides information about current legislation affecting practice including IDEA and the evolution of NCLB (No Child Left Behind) to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The course includes information about best practice including the updated OT Practice Framework 3rd Edition and practice strategies with children with autism, learning disability, and behavioral disorders. Cultural diversity and issues of ethical practice are included in the review of the referral process from screening to evaluation to IEP planning.


Course Objectives:

  • Differentiate between school-based practice and medical/clinical pediatric practice
  • Recognize the role of the OT in teams 
  • Identify the purpose of related services in a school setting
  • Recognize the impact of diversity on student participation and occupational performance
  • Identify eligibility requirements for OT and the related service categories of school intervention
  • Identify evaluations used in school practice including pre-referral and referral processes
  • Identify the components of written reports and generation of IFSP/IEP/IIIP
  • Identify relevant state and federal guidelines impacting OT practice in school systems


Contact hours: 16
AOTA Continuing Education Units (CEUs): 1.6
NBCOT Professional Developmenty Units (PDUs): 20
AOTA Classification Codes: Category 1: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes. Category 2: Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative, Regulatory and Reimbursement Issues; Contemporary Trends and Issues, Supervision.


The University of Minnesota is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development, provider #7872. This online course is offered at 16 contact hours (1.6 AOTA CEU's). Course level: Introductory Level. Categories: Occupational Therapy Service Delivery; Professional Issues. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

OT professional working with two children