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Our occupational therapist of the year

Every year, we ask you to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. During this challenging and unusual semester, we wanted to highlight a therapist who's done outstanding tele-therapy. Here's a conversation with with our occupational therapist of the year, Victoria Kravets (known affectionately by her students as Miss Vicky), who works at PS 231 in Brooklyn.

Updates for speech teachers and OT/PTs concerning the last week of school and the summer

The following guidance was sent to all DOE-employed speech teachers, occupational therapists and physical therapists from Vice President for Special Education MaryJo Ginese on Monday, June 22.

New rights for OTs and PTs: Course reimbursement and family leave

The following email about course reimbursement and family leave was sent to all DOE-employed occupational and physical therapists from UFT President Michael Mulgrew on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.

New guidance on tele-therapy for speech teachers and OT/PTs

The UFT has been advocating on your behalf with the city Department of Education, the State Education Department and the state Department of Health to establish new protocols that recognize your professional expertise and need for discretion so you can tailor your services to each student’s particular needs and circumstances.We hope the guidance below that we hammered out with the DOE will address many of your concerns and questions.

Guidance on therapy via video conferencing

We all understand that speech teachers and occupational and physical therapists still have many unanswered questions regarding video conferencing with their students.

Chapter member spotlight: Our physical therapist of the year

Every year, we ask you to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. We heard about some truly remarkable therapists, including Victor Barangan, who works in PS 229 in Queens.

An inspiring occupational therapist

In honor of Occupational Therapy Month in April this year, we asked therapists to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. We heard about some truly remarkable occupational therapists, including Sarah Baloch, who works in PS 15 in Brooklyn.

Join the OT/PT Chapter for this year's TD Bank Five Boro Bike Ride

Do you like bike-riding? If so, please join your colleagues for the TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour this spring!

OT/PT Consultation Meeting Minutes: Jan. 30, 2019

See the consultation meeting minutes for Jan. 30, 2019.

An inspiring physical therapist

In honor of Physical Therapy Month in October this year, we asked therapists to nominate a colleague who does outstanding work. We heard about some truly remarkable physical therapists, including Michael Konstalid, who works in PS 10, PS 154 and PS 321 in Brooklyn. Michael uses his carpentry expertise to build adaptive furniture for his students. He also travels around Brooklyn every week to support other physical therapists. We chatted with Michael about his unique approach to physical therapy.