Transforming School Culture into Neurodiversity-Affirming: Step by step directions by an OT who did it.
► Presenter: Kristin Jones MS, OTR/L
► On-Demand Course: Learners have access to the recording and materials for 180 days from the date of enrollment.
► Audience: This educational presentation is designed for stakeholders in public schools, including OTs, SLPs, Counselors, Teachers, Administrators, Paraprofessionals, and Families.
(Therapy Neurodiversity Collective Members, this course is included in your membership!)
As a professional working in a school setting, it can be easy to become overwhelmed once you have changed your personal and professional philosophy to align with current neurodiversity-affirming research and the rest of your organization is not yet there. There are specific steps that can be taken to gain the trust of your administration, colleagues, and parents to implement a strength-based approach to classroom environments, IEP goals, and special education inclusion.
Join Therapist Neurodiversity Collective in this enlightening, evidence-based course where you will learn how to transform your school culture to become neurodiversity-affirming. Occupational Therapist, Kristin Jones will reveal the step by step actions she took with her colleagues to transform the culture on her campus into an inclusive environment where students thrive.
A neurodiversity-affirming campus that recognizes and values the diverse neurological conditions of autism, ADHD, dyslexia, and others can dramatically improve the daily experiences of students and staff. Yet, such a shift can be challenging when existing institutional practices and mindsets do not yet align with this progressive framework.
☑A comprehensive slide handout
☑ Course handout for reference
☑ Certificate of Attendance for 1 hour of professional development
Kristin Jones graduated from Misericordia University in 2000 with her Master of Occupational Therapy and has been an Occupational Therapist for 23 years. She has worked in multiple pediatric settings including early intervention, outpatient clinic, respectful feeding, and school-based. For the past 13 years, she has been at the Community School of Davidson where she has taken the lead in guiding the administration and staff to become a trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming organization. Kristin has a passion for the latest research in brain development and translating this information for teachers to apply in the classroom. Her favorite quote is “if they could, they would”. It is our responsibility as educators to figure out the “why” to provide the most effective strategies for student success and to ensure the student feels understood.