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School-based occupational therapy is designed to enhance the student's ability to fully access and be successful in the learning environment.

This might include working on:

  •  Handwriting or fine motor skills so the child can complete written assignments
  •  Helping the child organize himself or herself in the environment (including work space in and around the desk)
  • Working with the teacher to modify the classroom and/or adapt learning materials to facilitate successful participation. - AOTA

-The OT may also address fine and visual motor control for writing and art-type activities, self-care activities (such as managing fasteners on clothing , coats, and backpacks and food containers), visual perceptual skills to discriminate the environment around them, letters and numbers. 

-OT will also support a student with sensory processing (the ability to take in the stimulation of the environment around you, integrate it and put out a purposeful response) and attention deficit problems that interfere with a student’s access to their education.    

-OT in the schools is student-centered and educationally relevant.  It is integrated into the natural environment of the school such as classroom, cafeteria, playground, and the media center.

-OT is a collaborative partnership with teachers and other educational personnel.  It is evidence based and focused on functional/educational outcomes; related to NCDPI Standard Course of Study.  

-OT is a related service under Part B of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

-Occupational Therapy in the schools is provided to help a student with a disability to benefit from special education.

-As such, OT is a supportive service.  If a child has a disability, as defined by IDEA, and needs special education and related services to meet unique learning needs, then he/she might be eligible for OT services.

 -A child must be eligible for special education before being considered for OT services in the schools under IDEA. 

-Eligibility for special education does not mean automatic eligibility for related services, including OT.  The final determination is made by the multidisciplinary team in concert with the OT evaluation. - AOTA

Last Modified on December 8, 2013