CESA #1 Statewide School-Based OT/PT Conference
November 8 & 9, 2018
Glacier Canyon Lodge Conference Center
Registration opens August 22!
Audience: Occupational therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapist assistants, speech therapists, teachers, parents, paraprofessionals, and administrators.
Keynote Speaker: Carlo Vialu
The annual nature of the IEP, while helpful in addressing the student’s immediate needs, can inadvertently deemphasize long-term planning. As such, despite IDEA stating that “special education…prepare [students] for further education, employment and independent living,” the IEP team often finds itself designing goals and interventions only for the coming year. Thus, the child’s participation in meaningful community pursuits are left off until the student is close to graduation.
This workshop offers a concrete and practical approach to prognosis and long-term planning, viewing the child as an active member of the community. Participants will learn how the therapist, with the team, can create long-term prognosis and postsecondary goals for students as early as in elementary school. Participants will then apply the concept of backward planning to design interventions and outcome measures that ensure progress towards these postsecondary goals. The presenter will emphasize how providing related services in distinct episodes of care during critical periods of acquisition can maximize opportunities for practice and progress in the least restrictive environment. This session inspires participants to dream big for their students, and provide them the tools to start early in building the foundation to reach these dreams and become active participants in the community.
Carlo Vialu, PT, MBA, is a physical therapist serving children and youth with medical complexity. He is a co-author and co-publisher of www.SeekFreaks.com, an evidence-based online resource for pediatric PTs, OTs, and SLPs. He is Founder and Director of www.ApplyEBP.com, a provider of live continuing education and online discussion group school-based and pediatric therapists. From January 2008 to January 2017, he served as Director of Physical Therapy for the New York City Department of Education, where he oversaw a program with over 700 physical therapists working in more than 1,500 schools. Carlo was lead author of a Special Communication on determining a student's need for school-based PT published in Pediatric Physical Therapy on October 2017. He is the project manager of research on normative data for five mobility tests for school-aged children, on which his team has published three articles in Pediatric Physical Therapy. Carlo presents nationally on various topics, including tests & measures, self-determination for children and youth with disabilities, motor learning, special education, and clinical decision-making.