Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) services are provided to in the school to help a student benefit from special education.
As a related service, OT supports the child's "occupation" of learning and their ability to participate in educational activities within the school environment. These activities include: activities of daily living (e.g. dressing, eating, toileting), functional academics, pre-vocational skill development, play/leisure skills, and self-regulation. OT also provides consultative support to assist the educational team in developing and implementing sensory strategies, adapting equipment, and modifying curriculum in order for each student to be successful throughout the school day.
As a related service, Physical Therapy (PT) provides a combination of hands on and educational team approach to support the student’s ability to move as functionally and independently as possible within the school setting, for optimal learning. The use of adaptive equipment, modifications, positioning ideas, and other therapeutic strategies are used by the PT to help the student develop or improve large muscle control, balance, and mobility while in the classroom and throughout the school setting. Physical Therapy also monitors mobility and positioning equipment used at school to help maintain a safe environment for the student and adapt materials as needed for individualized needs.