Occupational and Physical Therapy
Occupational therapy services for students with special needs are determined through the IEP process. Occupational therapy is defined as a related service to assist students in achieving their special education goals. In the schools, occupational therapy practitioners use their unique expertise to help children to prepare for and perform important learning and school-related activities and to fulfill their role as student learners. Practitioners are particularly skilled in facilitating student access to curricular activities through supports, as well as designing and planning with school teams.
Optimally, OTs help students to improve their performance in a variety of learning environments (e.g., playground, classrooms, lunchrooms, etc.) and enhance their performance with adaptations and accommodations. Strategies are provided to facilitate the student's full participation, reduce barriers that limit student participation within the school environment, and use assistive technology to support student success.