Integrating OT & PT into Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTTS)
Friday and Saturday, March 25-26, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This 2-day session will clarify how occupational and physical therapy practitioners are equipped to be effective contributors to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. We will explore practical strategies to support these efforts in building capacity in each of our school communities. This course will incorporate Universal Design for Learning and rely on group activities for active engagement.
- Day 1 will be focused on orientation to the MTSS Framework, its essential elements and key features from the perspective of related service providers. We will clarify how we are already working within this Framework and how we can strengthen our practices to have an even greater impact across the school community.
- Day 2 will be spent applying the MTSS to daily practices with attention to existing and needed systems to support student success. We will emphasize the critical need to ensure decisions and efforts are all grounded in and driven by student and program data.
- Participants will work in teams to develop action plans that address common barriers and promote OT and PT involvement in MTSS.
This presentation is designed for Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists; however, other related services providers and special education professionals are welcome to attend including Speech-Language Pathologists, Assistive Technology Specialists and Special Education Teachers.
Each participant will
- Describe the intent of the MTSS Framework and list the 6 essential elements
- Describe the Layered Continuum of Supports
- Provide an example of a potential OT or PT (respectively) contribution/intervention for each Layer in the Continuum
- Identify one area or priority (within the scope of OT/PT) that is critical for your district to address with MTSS
- Clarify when a disability is suspected and/or individualized evaluation is required
- Develop an action plan with practical steps to infuse MTSS efforts into daily routines and existing systems
Laurie Ray, PT, PhD (she/her)
Consultant for Physical Therapy and Medicaid
NC Department of Public Instruction, Division of Exceptional Children & Associate Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill, Department of Allied Health Sciences, Physical Therapy Division
Laurie Ray has over 20 years of experience in school-based practice in North Carolina. Laurie has served North Carolina as the Physical Therapy Consultant for NC Department of Public Instruction (NC DPI) since 2005, Medicaid consultant since 2006 and Adapted Physical Education liaison from 2010-2021. She received her MPT and PhD (Special Education) from UNC Chapel Hill and returned to UNC-Chapel Hill as an Associate Professor in the Division of Physical Therapy.
Laurie currently serves the APTA Pediatric Physical Therapy as Special Interest Groups (SIGs) Leadership Coordinator. She is a reviewer for Pediatric Physical Therapy and on the editorial board for Pediatric Occupational and Physical Therapy. Laurie previously served on the Boards of the National Alliance of Medicaid in Education, the NC Vocational Rehabilitation Council and as Chair of the APTA Pediatrics School SIG.
Bridgette LeCompte, MS, OTR/L
Bridgette LeCompte is the Consultant for Occupational Therapy to the NC Department of Public Instruction and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at UNC Chapel Hill. Bridgette has worked in North Carolina and Virginia Public Schools, as well as outpatient pediatric settings prior to starting her current position in January 2020. Bridgette participated in the AOTA Emerging Leader Program and served as the VOTA School System Liaison. Bridgette has presented at the national, state, and local level on a variety of topics. She has also published continuing education articles for AOTA, a column in the Journal of OT, Early Intervention, and Schools, and other practice resources.
Bridgette is passionate about empowering others and promoting occupational justice through the provision of contextual and collaborative services, implementation of OT’s full scope of practice in schools, and OT involvement in MTSS to support the needs of all students and staff. Bridgette enjoys spending time with her family, exploring the outdoors, and listening to music in her free time.
This course is offered for 1.2 CEUs. (12 hours)
Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA) CEUs
Physical Therapy department
UNMC Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI)
- Lunch is on your own, off campus. Several options are available in the Aksarben area. UNMC's COVID-19 protocol does not currently allow food in MMI conference rooms.
- This workshop has space for 80 in-person registrants.
- Registrations end 3/11/22 at 12 p.m. or when the course is full.
Munroe-Meyer Institute, Scott Campus
Warren G. Sanger Conference Center, Room 10046
6902 Pine St
Omaha, NE 68106
- Parking is available in lot 65E labeled for MMI patients and visitors. UNMC staff must park in lot 65E labeled for employees and pay the ParkOmaha App fee if you do not have a permit. Please note: both lots have 65E labels, but signs distinguish which lot is for patients/visitors and which is for employees.
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- UNMC is monitoring the status of the COVID-19 pandemic on a continual basis. We encourage you to monitor this webpage to stay informed of the latest updates on health and safety protocols that may limit in-person attendance. Virtual attendance will be available.
- Safety is a top priority and COVID-19 protocol for university-sponsored events will be followed. All participants at on-campus indoor gatherings are required to wear face masks, regardless of vaccination status. MMI will require documentation of vaccination from all in-person attendees prior to the event.