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OT’s Role in Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the School Environment

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Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L


OT’s Role in Addressing Challenging Behaviors in the School Environment

Within the school setting, OTs are known for their role in addressing fine and visual motor skills. But with occupational therapy’s focus on function and knowledge about sensory processing and self-regulation, OTs also play a pivotal role in addressing behaviors that support academic success for students with ASD, sensory processing differences, chronic stress and anxiety, and more. This 2-hour course takes a closer look at the unique role of OTs in addressing challenging behaviors at school, differentiates OT’s role from that of other educational professions, and provides a framework for a multi-disciplinary team approach. You leave this course with tools to effectively select strategies and the confidence to introduce appropriate interventions to students’ educational teams.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Differentiate OT’s role from the role of other educational professionals in addressing challenging behaviors.
  2. Identify the five components required for a comprehensive intervention plan using the Ziggurat Model.
  3. Compare and contrast three different tools used for comprehensive intervention plans created to address challenging behaviors.
  4. Given a brief case study, select intervention strategies for use within each of the five components of the Ziggurat Model.

Course Information

  • Target Audience: intermediate- to advanced-level OTs and COTAs
    Note: While many professionals may benefit from the course content, we can only guarantee acceptance of continuing education credit as described in the following CEU section.
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  • Course Instructor: Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L
  • CE Broker course code: 20-943650

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

AOTA-Approved Provider Program Sensational Brain LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity ID# 05515. This distance-learning, independent format is offered at 0.2 CEUs, Intermediate Level, OT Service Delivery. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.

Gwen Wild, MOT, OTR/L, is an experienced occupational therapist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with autism and sensory processing disorders. Gwen is the creator of BrainWorks sensory diet tools. Although selling the business in October 2020, she remains with Sensational Brain as the AOTA CE Administrator. She currently works as an Intensive Support Specialist for a large educational service agency. Gwen presents to audiences nationwide on topics related to sensory modulation and self-regulation. She lives in Galesburg, Michigan, with her husband and will soon have an empty nest as her three daughters venture out on their own. Learn more about Gwen’s mission and why she created BrainWorks on our About page. To view Gwen’s courses, check out her product page.


  • Financial: Gwen Wild receives compensation for her responsibilities as CE administrator for AOTA as well as speaking fees from Sensational Brain LLC. Gwen is co-author of Just Right! A Sensory Modulation Curriculum for K-5®.
  • Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.


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