Applied Behavior Analysis and Occupational Therapy:  A Partnership in Treatment

Applied Behavior Analysis and Occupational Therapy:  A Partnership in Treatment

Presenter:  Lydia Brodegard, MOT, OTR/L, BCBA

Course Overview:

A look at the partnership between occupational therapy and applied behavior analysis to provide an effective multidisciplinary treatment plan for children and young adults. Develop an understanding of the two disciplines and their importance to adequately serve and promote functional independence and life skills.

Lydia is a 2005 graduate of West Virginia University School of Medicine with degrees in Health & Human Performance and a Master of Occupational Therapy. She completed the Applied Behavior Analysis program in 2014 from Penn State University. She is nationally certified by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy and the Behavior Analysis Certification Board. She holds license in West Virginia and Ohio and the Ohio Department of Education.

Lydia spent two years in early intervention and outpatient therapy before entering the school system where she spent eleven years as a school based Occupational Therapist/Autism Specialist. During that time she served on the preschool assessment team, autism assessment team, and as the behavior intervention specialist.

Lydia currently serves as the Behavior Specialist in Switzerland of Ohio Local School District working with students pre-k through high school. Services provided include functional behavior assessments, behavior observations, behavior intervention plans, transition plans and crisis plans. Interventions applied include nonverbal strategies, social skills, student specific programming, and various ABA based interventions. During her short time in SOLSD, Lydia has assisted in implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions & Support in the district and is recently assisted in the launch of Swiss Options for Success, alternative unit for district high school students.

Lydia also holds an executive position on the West Virginia Behavior Analyst Association.

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