TxSpot Blog

  • 02/26/2021 ​- To Consult or Not to Consult: That is the Question.

    TxSpot has received many questions about direct services versus consultation services. First, it may be helpful to understand that neither the state of Texas nor the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) use the term, “consultation.” IDEA regulations state that a student’s IEP must contain a statement of “special education and related services and supplementary aids and services…to be provided to the child, on behalf of the child, and…(through) program modifications and supports” (IDEA Regulations, Part B, Section 300.230, italics added).

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  • 02/15/2021 - Social Narratives and Social Stories - Are They Effective?

    In 2016, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) published Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (AOTA 2016). It is part of a series of practice guidelines published by AOTA. This book covers the state of evidence on a multitude of interventions an occupational therapy practitioner might use and is a “must read” for those who interact with persons on the spectrum.

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  • 02/02/2021 - Developing and Maintaining Competence as a School-Based Therapist

    Competence as a school-based occupational therapist or physical therapist is a challenge that requires one to be familiar with the laws and regulations that govern school practice, knowledge of current evidence, and understanding of best practices, all of which evolve over time (Laverdure, 2014). But how can we go about developing and maintaining that competency?

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