Phone: 330-653-1256 x4003
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy; Cleveland State University Masters of Science in Psychology; University of Phoenix
Mrs. Carol Siefert Conway MS OTR/L
Hello! My name is Carol Siefert Conway MS OTR/L. I work as an occupational therapist at McDowell and East Wood Elementary Schools. I am looking forward to working with you this year!
I have been a pediatric occupational therapist for 36 years. I am in my 11th year with the Hudson City Schools. Before working in the HCSD I worked for 18 years in Shaker Heights Schools. Prior to working in Shaker, I was the Director of Occupational Therapy at the Achievement Center for Children in Cleveland, Ohio. My goal is to provide functional, inclusive, interdisciplinary and educationally relevant school based therapy. As a related service professional my job is to help students participate in the academic and non-academic activities of school, in the least restrictive environment, alongside their peers to the maximum extent.
I am also a designated Change Leader in a grant project funded that was funded by OEC and ODE with Investigator: Susan Bazyk, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, and Cleveland State University. The project, Every Moment Counts: Promoting Mental Health Throughout the Day is a mental health promotion initiative developed to help all children and youth become mentally healthy in order to succeed in school, at home and in the community. Check out our website Everymomentcounts.org
My husband Dan and I raised our two grown children, Erin and Bryan in Hudson. As a family we were quite active and enjoyed sports, the great outdoors and spending time together. I am passionate about my work and I consider myself a life long learner! I continue to enjoy sports and the spending time in nature especially near water. In my time away from work I can be found hiking, biking, swimming, attempting yoga, reading, or spending time with friends and family.
Occupational therapists use meaningful activities to help students participate in what they need and/or want to do in order to promote physical, cognitive, social/emotional, sensory and other aspects of performance. In schools OTs focus on academics, play, leisure, social participation, self-care activities and transition/work skills. OT’s expertise includes activity and environmental analysis and modification with a goal of reducing barriers to participation.
School based occupational therapists observe, assess, and address the student’s strengths and needs in the natural settings (e.g.. Classroom, lunchroom, and playground). Services may be provided direct to the student or on behalf of the student in the school environment. Students do not come to school to receive therapy rather they receive OT services so they can attend and participate in school. (AOTA, 2014)
The law mandates that students receive therapy in the least restrictive environment and whenever possible in the natural settings of the school, alongside their nondisabled peers. Occupational therapists work with the educational team in a collaborative manner for the benefit of the student. Research supports that therapeutic interventions are most effective when provided within the environment where the performance naturally occurs. Therefore whenever possible occupational therapy interventions take place in the natural environments within the school or where the skill is needed.