Eligibility & Dismissal Criteria

Eligibility Criteria for OT Services

In order to receive OT services, a student must demonstrate a clustering of delayed standardized test scores and/or delays in educationally related functional skills.

Functional Performance: 

  • Motor/Postural:Students must demonstrate significant difficulty maintaining functional positions and movements which support educational tasks.
  • Fine motor/Upper body control:Students must demonstrate difficulty manipulating pencils or other age-appropriate tools, have muscle weakness, and/or have fine motor planning difficulties which impair fine motor performance.
  • Sensory processing: Students must demonstrate impaired sensory processing which interferes with functional academic tasks and participation in the educational environment.
  • Visual motor integration:Students must demonstrate delays in visual perception and fine motor performance that interferes with academic tasks such as handwriting and drawing.

In some instances, students whose disability affects their participation in school but who do not qualify under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), may be eligible to receive occupational therapy under other federal laws such as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Dismissal Criteria for OT Services

OT service may be discontinued when any of the following occur:

  • The student's performance is assessed to be within age expectation, based on the student's chronological age or is commensurate with cognitive abilities.
  • The established goals have been met.
  • There is a plateau in the student's performance.The student is no longer making progress toward identified goals.
  • The difficulties the student demonstrates no longer interferes with academic performance in special education.
  • The service is not needed for the student to benefit from his/her special education.
  • The student's parents request the termination of services.
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