What do embedded strategies look like? Once school personnel have an understanding of how to promote positive mental health and help prevent mental health challenges, there are endless ways in which strategies can be embedded throughout the school day.
Embedded strategies involves collaboration between teachers and school personnel with mental health training (e.g. occupational therapists, school counselors, school psychologists, social workers, etc.) to plan and skillfully integrate mental health promotion services within the classroom curriculum.
Here are two short video clips depicting how occupational therapists (OTs) have embedded mental health promotion strategies into the classroom.
In the first video, Lezlie Fahl Kinder, OTR/L, is facilitating an activity-based group focusing on mental health literacy with special education students in a resource room.
In the second video, Robin Kirschenbaum, OTD, OTR/L, is embedding social and emotional learning (SEL) and self-regulation strategies within a co-teaching model in an integrated general education classroom.