PT/OT Services

Physical and occupational therapy are a related services provided to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education. School physical therapy and Occupational therapists use purposeful activity to facilitate a child's active participation in self-maintenance; academic and vocational pursuits; and play or leisure activities that occur in school environments.

Using direct and indirect services, as well as assistive technology and environmental modifications, school occupational therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a child's special education program.

Physical therapy focuses on a child's ability to move as independently as possible in the school environment. The school physical therapist evaluates the child's ability to move throughout the school and to participate in classroom activities.

The decision of whether a child with a disability qualifies for school physical or occupational therapy is made by a team. This team determines whether the child has a disability, has a need for special education, and requires related services in order to benefit from the educational placement.