Occupational Therapy Department
Occupational Therapists contribute to students’ education programs by:
- Assessing students’ developmental needs which include fine motor skills, sensory motor skills and functional skills needed for school.
- Providing services for preschool and school-age students in any setting within the school environment in the areas of fine motor, self-help, sensory motor, coordination, social skills, and behavior management.
- Assessing and/or assisting pre-employment skills for students transitioning to a pre-vocational or work setting.
- Consulting on the use of technology and the best means of accessing devices for independence in the areas such as communication and computer skills in order to access the Learning Standards.
School-Based Occupational Therapy
- The provision of school-based therapy is governed by federal and state laws. License requirements provide ethical guidelines that include provision of services based on professional expertise and professional judgment. School-based therapy is therefore provided ONLY if the student needs such services to function in the educational setting.
- Therapy is a continuum of services and should start at the “Response To Intervention” level before considering the need for special education services. If a student is receiving special education services and OT services are deemed necessary, therapy may be provided on a direct, indirect or a consultative basis. Direct service may be one-on-one with the student or in small/large groups. Consultation may include communication with the school team, as well as, community service providers, updates on progress, program implementation, and training of staff. Indirect services may include material fabrication, student observations, ordering equipment or other tasks directly related to the students needs.
- If team members have concerns about the service, they should directly contact the service provider. Providing services on this continuum enables therapists to meet the student’s needs and to promote success in the school environment.