Pediatric OT Primer

Pediatric OT from assessment and strengths-based interventions to goal writing in all settings.

As an OT new to pediatrics, your confidence can be shaken. Don’t worry, whether you’re a new OT graduate or a veteran, we cover all you need to use a child’s strengths through evidence-based interventions in The Pediatric OT Primer.

You will learn to use clinical observations guided by the AOTA’s terminology, understand sensory-based strategies, increase your confidence when dealing with transition difficulties and behavior struggles, realize the importance of movement development/reflex integration; and learn note-writing and how to establish goals for your students that are strengths-based and achievable.

Investment – $197.00


What You’ll Receive

A course workbook, monthly office hours, 6 months of access, entirely self-paced and online, 6 AOTA-approved contact hours.


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What you will learn.

Module 1

Welcome - Pediatric OT Evidence and Assessment

Beginning in pediatric therapy can be daunting….that was before this course! You’ll receive slides/handouts, a course workbook, and all you need for success. Let’s review the most recent evidence about interventions in pediatric OT. Build your confidence by learning about choosing the best assessments based on the type and psychometric properties. Get access to resources and websites to use throughout your journey. Learn how to harness your therapeutic use of self for co-regulation. It’s your OT superpower!

Module 2

Pediatric OT Observation and Terminology for Documentation

Boost your clinical observation skills by learning terminology specifically geared toward the skills and occupations of children. Use our checklist to practice clinical observation skills with two videos. We will discuss them during our exclusive monthly office hours!

Module 3

The Magic of the OTPF and WFOT Resources

Move from feeling nervous about pediatric OT terminology to mastering the resources given to us by our national organizations. Let’s dive into the performance skills that children need to successfully perform in daily life.

Module 4

Regulation and Behavior - In Depth

Behavior and sensory regulation go hand-in-hand. ALL behavior is communication and you’ll realize that having a strengths-based outlook will boost your confidence in understanding how to deal with transition difficulties and behavior BEFORE they occur. This module is based on our best-selling course and our new alligator vs. eagle model explaining behavioral challenges. You’ll love the proactive strategies to use immediately in your clinic!


Module 5

BONUS Module

What is the purpose of an infant reflex? You’ll learn the development of movement including the importance of retained reflexes in a child’s daily life. We will show you the best resources for viewing videos of reflex testing and techniques for integration during your sessions. Plus, get resources that you’ll use over and over in your clinic.

Module 6

Sensory Processing Disorder and Interventions

You know the basics of sensory processing disorder but we will dive deeper into the sensory processing disorder nosology chart. Sensory processing includes discrimination and modulation disorders BUT it also includes sensory-based motor disorders. Discover how to assess and incorporate fun interventions to support your students’ performance in ALL settings.

Module 7

Autism - A Strengths-Based Approach

Your instructor is an internationally Certified Autism Specialist and mother to two autistic sons. We will discuss strengths-based interventions based on the most recent evidence and designed to support a child’s preferences and learning styles. Utilize a coaching model to support caregivers. Make a true difference in daily life in all settings through the interventions you will learn in this module!

Module 8

Learning Disorders and ADHD

SO much in one module! You’ll boost your knowledge of ADD/ADHD, dysgraphia, executive function, learning disorders, and why OT is the perfect fit to address issues in all settings. You’ll receive resources for visual-motor and perception that you can use during intervention planning. Whether you’re a school-based or clinic-based OT, there’s a ton to learn in this module.

Module 9

Dysgraphia and Handwriting

What is dysgraphia? Occupational therapists commonly receive referrals for handwriting but there are many underlying factors affecting a child’s ability to write. You’ll realize that posture, core, and other deficits need to be addressed before handwriting begins! This is the meat and potatoes of OT in the scope of handwriting.

Module 10

Using a Strengths-Based Approach

Research shows that using a strengths-based approach to therapy improves a child’s participation in therapy and increases your results. Kids meet goals faster when they are INVESTED and having FUN! Ditch the punishments or negative reinforcers. Learn about assistive technology and get resources to help guide your way.

What about YOU? You’ll learn that you can become stressed and dysregulated too. You worked hard for your license and you want longevity in your career. Get tips to build your own resilience.

Module 11

Notes & Goals

Did you know each course you take for CEUs must have learning outcomes/goals? You’ll learn to write effective goals based on Bloom’s Taxonomy – the most used system for goal-writing. Discover the process for writing SOAP notes designed to highlight a child’s strengths and the unique value of YOUR work!


Module 12

Wrap-Up and Post-Test

So many more resources will be yours in this wrap-up module. One of the biggest benefits of taking a Pocket OT course is the resources, lists, and strategies you’ll be able to use during or immediately after taking ANY of our courses.

Wrap up all that you’ve learned with a quick test, a survey, and then print your certificate.


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Dr. Cara Koscinski

Cara is an accomplished occupational therapist, writer, speaker, teacher and overall advocate for children with special needs.

Cara has been a therapist since 1997. She earned her post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy, master’s degree in occupational therapy, and bachelor’s degree in health sciences. Along with many other achievements, she earned status as a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS) by the International Board of Credentialing – a highly regarded achievement in the health field.

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