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Special Education
 

Occupational Therapy 

 

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Mission Statement:

The Bullitt County Public Schools learning community will educate all students to high levels of academic performance as measured by state and national standards by creating and maintaining a positive learning environment with a comprehensive system of support.

OT services are provided across a continuum and look different for every student. A variety of service delivery models are considered in determining the best way to serve the student. Some students receive hands-on services (direct therapy) in individual and / or group sessions. Others receive services as the educator and OT discuss strategies and work together to solve problems (collaboration and / or consultation). The amount of contact with the student may be regularly or intermittently scheduled as determined by the therapist according to the student’s need.

Contact us

The Occupational Therapy Department is located at:

Bullitt County Board of Education
1040 Hwy 44 East
Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165
Phone: 1-502-869-8139
FAX: 1-502-543-3608

School-based Occupational therapists

 

Tara Osbourne

Serving the following schools: Cedar Grove Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Maryville Elementary, Bullitt Lick Middle, North Bullit and Bullitt Central High School

 

Hello, my name is Tara Osbourne, M. Ed, OTR/L and I am occupational therapist that has had the pleasure of serving and working in Bullitt County schools since January 2003. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in August 2002 with a bachelor in Health Science and graduated in August 2007 from the University of Louisville with a Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Assistive Technology. I received my certificate as an Assistive Technology Practioner, but do not practice as an ATP in Bullitt County, as Occupational therapy is my passion. I enjoy attending professional development conferences to expand my knowledge base and integrate the knowledge into my professional career. I have been married to my wonderful husband James since June 2001 and we have 3 beautiful daughters, Lakin 6, Addison 3, and Sydney Kate 9 months. I live in Springfield Kentucky which is centrally located in the state with my family. In my spare time I love to be on the farm with my husband and girls, cook and bake, shop and, most importantly, spend time with family and friends.

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Allison Bernard Serving the following schools: Brooks Elementary, Lebanon Junction, Roby Elementary, Hebron Middle, and Bernheim Middle.

 

My name is Allison Bernard and I am an occupational therapist for Bullitt County Public Schools. I graduated from Spalding University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. I am originally from Bardstown, KY but moved to Shepherdsville 4 years ago after getting married. I have been with the school system since April of 2009; I previously worked in the medical setting of long-term care rehab. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year of working with kids and have found it to be very rewarding and fulfilling.

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Stacy Sizemore

Serving the following schools: Crossroads Elementary, Mount Washington Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Old Mill Elementary, Mount Washington Middle, and Bullitt East High School

 

My name is Stacy Sizemore. I am married and have four beautiful children and one rotten dog. I have lived in Bullitt County for 13 years. I love to bake cakes, sew, and spend time with my family. I graduated from Spalding University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy. I have been an occupational therapist with Bullitt County Public Schools for three years now. Prior to employment with the school system, I worked for Frazier Neurological Rehabilitation where I had the opportunity to work with patients who had sustained brain injuries. I love being able to work in the school system where my children attend.

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Elizabeth Bridwell

Serving the following schools: Overdale Elementary, Brooks Elementary, Hebron Middle, Zoneton Middle, and North Bullitt High school

 

Hello, I am Elizabeth Bridwell, DI, OTR/L. I have been a pediatric occupational therapist since fall of 2002, and have had the opportunity to work with children across many settings, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, an outpatient clinic, First Steps, and during summer technology programs at enTECH before coming to Bullitt County Public Schools in the fall of 2014. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 2002, and completed a graduate program in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education at the University of Kentucky in 2012. I love watching children make progress towards their goals, and seeing them grow academically and socially. It is fantastic to partner with teachers, families, and the other professionals that make up BCPS. My family and I live in Mt. Washington. With school-aged children at home, we are often busy with their school and extra-curricular activities. When there is a spare moment, we love to bake or attempt a Pinterest-inspired craft activity.

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Emily Crouch

Schools Served:  Nichols Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Shepherdsville Elementary, Eastside Elementary

 

My name is Emily Crouch, and I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 2001 with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy.  I joined the BCPS staff in October 2012, and I have loved my time here.  Prior to coming to BCPS I worked for 10 years as an OT providing services to children birth through 18 years old in outpatient and school system settings.  I enjoy the school system setting and having the ability to follow children as they age and progress through school.  My husband and I love to travel with our children, and Disney World is our favorite destination.  In my free time I enjoy baking, reading, cheering my kids on in their various activities and spending time outdoors. ?

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HOW DOES OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SUPPORT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT?

The job of the occupational therapist (OT) who works in schools is to help children meet the every day demands of being a student. The school is one of the primary environments where the following occupations are performed daily.

Functional Visual Motor Skills

Using classroom tools (pencils, scissors, calculators, etc) and learning materials to communicate through handwriting, keyboarding, and access to assistive technology.

Sensory Motor Skills

Increasing participation using eyes, ears, nose, touch, and movement in order to gain access to the education curriculum.

Vocational Skills

Improving on-task behaviors, completion of assignments, organization skills, and independent work habits that leads to participation in the job and community settings.

Self Management

Performing daily living skills such as feeding, dressing, safety awareness, and using adaptive materials when needed.

WHO RECEIVES OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN SCHOOLS?

OT is a related service under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is provided to help a student with a disability to benefit from special education. If a child has a disability as defined by IDEA and needs special education and related services to meet unique learning needs, then he / she might be eligible for OT services. The student must be eligible for special education before being considered for our services in the schools under IDEA. Eligibility for special education does not mean automatic OT eligibility; however, if significant concerns arise with the student, then a functional evaluation will be performed to determine if the child warrants services.

EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS

Elementary School (Pre-k, Primary, Intermediate)-

From the beginning of preschool, children are developing more complex motor skills, play skills, and readiness for pre-academics. The therapist working with the student who receives OT services may address developmental delays in above areas. Our services are delivered within the classroom setting as well as collaboration with team members who are involved in the child’s education. As the student advances to the primary and intermediate classrooms, they begin to learn self management skills and more complex academic skills. This includes being a productive member of the classroom and effectively produces class work. We provide direct therapeutic services as well as ongoing collaboration and role release services to school staff to enable the student to meet the educational goals.

Middle and High School-

Once the student reaches middle and high school, they are beginning to prepare for employment, vocational training and college. Some students are also preparing for functional life skills and community based living. At this level of education, therapists primarily provide role release (consultation) and collaboration services on the student’s behalf with the educational team.

 

 

 

Physical Therapists

What is Physical Therapy in the Schools?

The job of the physical therapist (PT) who in schools is to assist the student in meeting his/her educational goals and to be able to access all areas of their environment.

The goal of physical therapy in the school system is to “level the playing field” for students with disabilities in the following ways.

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Sheila Doan

Sheila R. Doan is a Physical Therapist Assistant that has worked for Bullitt County Schools for several years. She has also worked in Rehab, Home Health and in First Steps. She enjoys the variety of work the school system offers and especially working with the students. It is wonderful to see the students grow and be part of helping to improve their skills. She works with students with many physical challenges as well as some with mild limitations that affect their education. Sheila has been part of Bullitt County for several years and attended Bullitt County Schools. She also graduated from Jefferson Community College and has an Associate of Health Science degree. Sheila is married to Greg and they have two daughters. Their daughter Amy is married and has two children. She is a teacher. The youngest daughter, Megan just recently graduated from college and also is a teacher. Sheila enjoys reading and spending time with family and friends.

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Mindy Vincent

Mindy Vincent is a Physical Therapy Assistant who has roots in Bullitt County Public schools. She attended Mt Washington Elementary and Middle and graduated from Bullitt East High school. She attended Jefferson Community College and in 1991 graduated with an Associate of health science as a Physical Therapist Assistant. Mindy joined the special education staff at BCPS in 2000. She enjoys providing Physical Therapy services to school aged children in elementary, middle and high school. My job enables me to work with kids in a wide range of ages with varying degrees of disabilities and to enable them to access all areas of their educational environment. The thing that I like most about my job is that I am able to build long lasting relationships with the student and their families that often last over several years.

Mindy has been married to her husband Scott for nineteen years. Scott is the custodian at Pleasant Grove Elementary School. They have two children Lauren who is a sophomore at Bullitt East High school and Colin who is in sixth grade at Eastside Middle school. Mindy enjoys camping with her family, Cheer on her children as they participate in sporting events and supporting BEHS Chargers sports.

I am currently at BCHS,BEHS,NBHS, HMS, ZMS,BLMS,EMS, CGES,MWES,OME, and CRE.

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Deaf and Hard of Hearing Education

 

Lisa Coy

http://lcoy.weebly.com

I have been teaching in Bullitt County for the 17 years.  For 14 years, I have been working with students who are deaf or hard of hearing.  Most of my time has been in elementary as a resource teacher .  This year will be my first year being itinerant and traveling to see students across the county.  I am excited and a little nervous about this new change. 

I am a lifelong Bullitt County resident.  I attended Brooks Elementary, Bullitt Lick Middle, and Bullitt Central High schools.  I continue to live in the Brooks area with my husband and daughters.  

I received my Bachelors  Degree  in Hearing Impaired Education and Elementary Education  from Eastern Kentucky University.  I received my Masters in Education - Learning and  Behavioral Disorders from  the University of Louisville.  I am also a National  Board certified teacher in the area of Hearing Impaired Education.

Additional Info

 

USEFUL LINKS:

The Bullitt County Public Schools Occupational Therapy department has compiled a list of helpful websites. This list is for parents, teachers, and others to utilize as a resource. We have included websites that are focusing on fine motor skill development, visual motor and perceptual skills, sensory processing and sensory strategies, and handwriting tips and strategies. There are also some websites that can provide information on where to purchase items that may be beneficial for the child.

Handwriting

www.hwtears.com

http://www.hwtears.com/matman

http://www.hwtears.com/learninglounge

Visual attention, and visual motor games and activities to print or play on-line.

http://www.eyecanlearn.com/

Tying shoes -

http://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/knots.htm

http://www.atozkidsstuff.com/shoes.html

http://wondertime.go.com/learning/article/how-to-tie-shoes.html

Sensory regulation and visual motor game serves as an aide to problem solving working on frustration levels. The physical game is available at toy and department stores under the name of “Traffic Jam” or “Rush Hour”. You can get a free download for you iPhone or iPad

http://www.puzzles.com/products/rushhour/rhfrommarkriedel/jam.html

Alert Program – games available for purchase.

http://www.alertprogram.com/products.php

Self Help skills – Toileting, dressing, street safety, picture schedules, adapted writing paper and many free resources.

http://www.do2learn.com/

Some other websites to look at:

www.do2learn.com

www.spdfoundation.net

www.school-ot.com

www.yourtherapysource.com

Where to buy items:

www.theraproducts.com

www.schoolspeciality.com

www.hwtears.com

www.pfot.com