Occupational Therapy

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The purpose of  School-Based Occupational Therapists is to help students succeed in performing all the tasks necessary for participation and learning at school.   Schools provide occupational therapy when a child with a disability requires this related service to assist the child to benefit from special education. Occupational therapists use purposeful activity to facilitate a child's active participation in self-maintenance; academic and vocational pursuits; and play or leisure activities that occur in school environments. Using direct and indirect services, as well as assistive technology and environmental modifications, school occupational therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a child's special education program.

Occupational Therapy services are provided across a continuum and are determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team.  Based on these student's needs the Occupational Therapy service delivery model includes consultation with education team members and direct "hands on" intervention, individually or in groups.  

  • The provision of school-based therapy is governed by federal and state laws.  Therapy is a related service to special education and is provided only if the student needs therapy to benefit from their special education program.

  • Therapy is determined by the Individual Education Plan (IEP) team members.  Parents are a part of this team.  The team determines the amount, frequency and duration of therapy.

  • Therapy may be provided individually or in groups by a therapist.  Intervention may or may not be provided directly to the child.  Collaborating with educational staff to modify the child's environment and daily school activities is always a part of school therapy.  

  • The decision to discontinue occupational therapy is made by the IEP team.  This may occur when the student is no longer eligible for special education, when other members of the IEP Team can provide necessary interventions, or when the child can perform school tasks without therapeutic intervention.  

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