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December 5, 2022
Live Webinar

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): The Distinct Value of OT in Addressing Student Health

Presented by: Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA

CE Event 7:30 - 8:30 pm
1.0 CE hour
OOTA Members: FREE
Non-Members: $20


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) provides opportunities for OT practitioners to contribute to student health (mental and physical) within general education using multi-tiered systems of supports (MTSS). This session will provide an overview of ESSA and strategies for how we can provide Tier 1 (universal) and Tier 2 (targeted) services within our scope of practice (i.e. 9 areas of occupation) in natural contexts throughout the day. A brief discussion of how Every Moment Counts contributes to the intent of ESSA will be shared along with practical examples of implementation.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the intent of ESSA and how OT practitioners, as SISPs (Specialized Instructional Service Personnel), can contribute to universal and targeted services to promote health (physical and mental).
  2. Give examples of how OT/OTAs can promote student health within our full scope of practice (i.e. 9 areas of occupation).
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of how to apply a multi-tiered, public health approach to health in schools with children and youth at Tier 1 (universal), Tier 2 (targeted), and Tier 3 (individualized).
  4. Use the Every Moment Counts website ( to implement model programs and embedded strategies in natural settings (Comfortable Cafeteria, Refreshing Recess, Calm Moments Cards, Making Leisure Matter) emphasizing participation for students with and without disabilities and/or mental health challenges.




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