Practicing under the IDEA in Schools: When you have to say yes and how to effectively say no
The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and related regulations serve more than 6.5 million children in our nation’s public schools and preserves a free, appropriate public education to children with disabilities. The IDEA in combination with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act entitles children with disabilities to education programs, services, and accommodations, enveloping an even larger population of children. Thus, these laws regulate and guide the evaluation, recommendation, and treatments of the pediatric healthcare practitioner within the public school setting.
This 80-minute webinar provides a synopsis of the IDEA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Additionally, it provides guidelines to healthcare practitioners who must say yes to services and requests, as well as when they are able to say no. Finally, it provides tools for healthcare practitioners to effectively communicate and advocate for the appropriate recommendations based on evaluation and clinical judgment while remaining compliant with regulating law.
- Identify the basic principles of the laws, regulations and guidelines involved in treatment for children within the school setting.
- Delineate the evaluation and qualification process for an identified child, the creation and implementation of an IEP and the different levels of service available to appropriate students.
- Recognize strategies for effective advocacy, documentation and communication of denials and/or reduction in services for students who do not qualify for services or qualify for less than IEP team anticipated amount of services.
Target Audience: school-based occupational, physical, and speech therapists
Course Instructor: Alyson Stover, MOT, JD, OTR/L, is an assistant professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh. She obtained her Juris Doctorate in Law with a post-graduate certificate in Health Law from the University of Pittsburgh. She has practiced primarily in pediatrics and currently owns a private outpatient pediatric practice north of Pittsburgh, where she continues to serve her clients through a clinical role and manage therapy staff. Her practice includes traditional outpatient services, pediatric mental health interventions, community-based interventions, and school-based contracts. She is AOTA Board Certified in Pediatrics. Alyson’s interests include using occupational therapy as a powerful driving-force for larger healthcare change, advancing occupational therapy’s national relevance and participation in policy change. She is also interested in access to care in rural areas and family- and community-based health programming, with increased focused on occupational therapy’s role in primary care and telehealth.
- Financial: Alyson Stover receives a speaking fee from Sensational Brain LLC.
- Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists.
Post-Test: Before receiving a certificate, learners must take an objective post-test to demonstrate they acquired the learning outcomes. An attestation statement is included indicating the learner viewed the entire course and completed the post-test independently. A passing grade is ≥ 70%.
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This webinar is approved for 0.1 AOTA CEU or one contact hour under this Classification Code: Category 3, Professional Issues: Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory Issues.
Sensational Brain LLC is an approved CE provider for the Alabama, Florida, and Georgia Boards of Occupational Therapy. Our CE Broker tracking number is 50-20546. This course code is 20-578887. CEUs are uploaded weekly. Please provide your license information with your post-test.
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