Occupational Therapy


 What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a related service under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is provided to support the Individualized Education Program (IEP) for students ages 3-21, who have a disability that interferes with their educational performance and ability to benefit from their education program.
School Occupational Therapists (OTs) are members of the multidisciplinary team. OTs support a student's ability to participate in daily school activities, and help children to fulfill their role as students by supporting their academic achievement and promoting positive behaviors necessary for learning. School OTs support academic and non-academic outcomes, including social skills, math, reading and writing, behavior management, recess, participation in sports, self-help skills, prevocational/vocational participation, transportation, and more. Because of their expertise in activity and environmental analysis, practitioners are skilled in facilitating student access to curricular and extracurricular activities. They focus on the students' strengths and can design and implement programming to improve inclusion and accessibility. Additionally, they play a critical role in educating parents, educators, administrators and other staff members, and collaborate with education team to support student success.

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