Addressing Changing Needs and New Roles of School Based OT’s and PT’s to Optimize Team Collaboration Post-Pandemic

Mark Strait

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AOTA CEUs: This course is offered for 0.35 AOTA CEU’s (#04430 Introductory Level, OT Service Delivery)

FPTA CEUs: This course is offered for 0.35 FPTA CEU’s (FPTA # CE22-909677, Beginner Level)

The pandemic has left school personnel with a set of new challenges that include an increase in mental health issues, changes in student learning needs, and strained team function. Related service providers are confronted with increased mental health issues in students in addition to a regression in or lack of acquisition of standard performance skills. This seminar will outline the impact that the pandemic has had on students and school personnel. Participants will come away with ideas that address changing student needs, and collaboration with team members and families as we adjust to a post-pandemic school environment.  

Instructor Information

Dr. Cyndi Haynes, OTD, OTR/L is a Regional Director of Occupational Therapy Services for EBS Healthcare. Her area of expertise is pediatrics, having worked in a variety of practice setting as both a clinician and department director. Previously she was an adjunct professor in the OTD program at Thomas Jefferson University and the Academic Fieldwork Coordinator at Philadelphia University. She has authored peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters and presents regularly at the local and national level. She is filling her fourth term as an ACOTE reviewer and is also a presenter for the Bureau for Education and Research. She is a regional trainer for the AOTA sponsored Fieldwork Educator Certificate Program and contributed to the development of one training module.

Financial Disclosure: Dr. Haynes is an employee of The Stepping Stones Group/EBS Healthcare.  There are no other relevant financial relationships to disclose at this time.

Non-Financial Disclosure: No relevant non-financial relationship exists

Learner Objectives

As a result of this seminar, participants will be able to:

  1. Examine the impact that the pandemic has had on students, school staff, and families 
  2. Describe potential roles OT & PT can have in addressing changing needs in the schools.
  3. Discuss strategies that address optimal educational team performance and collaboration 


  • 5 minutes: Intro
  • 30 minutes: Overview of impact COVID has had on students, school personnel and families
  • 15 Minutes: Helping families understand and deal with post-pandemic differences in their children
  • 45 Minutes: Addressing mental health needs of students in schools using a trauma-informed framework
  • 15 minutes: How emotional dysregulation impacts student performance
  • 20 minutes: Recognize factors that may contribute to a difficult team or family member
  • 35 Minutes: Strategies to develop behaviors that improve team cohesiveness
  • 20 Minutes: Case Study to apply knowledge and previously discussed strategies
  • 25 Minutes: Q&A, course eval and quiz