Occupational and Physical Therapy
Occupational and physical therapy services are based on current best practices recognized by the American Occupational Therapy Association and the American Physical Therapy Association. Additionally, these essential practices are guided by Federal Law and requirements of IDEA (Individual with Disabilities Education Act – U.S. Dept of Education 2010).
*Occupational and Physical Therapists:
- Assist the student in benefitting from the educational program
- Provide services in the least restrictive environment
- Work on behalf of the student with the teacher and others who are involved with the student
- Work a continuum of settings including classroom PE, cafeteria, busing and other school settings
- Work from a strengths-based rather than a deficit perspective
- Work with the student rather than doing “to” the student
- Ensure all efforts are directed toward enabling the student to participate in the school environment, curriculum and social aspects of being a student at school.
*Adapted from Best Practices for Occupational Therapy in Schools, American Occupational Therapy Association Press 2013