Occupational Therapy and
Occupational therapists evaluate the child's level of occupational performance skills in school, work, self-care, and play tasks as they relate to his/her educational performance. Occupational therapists are trained to evaluate and provide treatment to improve performance in the activities of daily living (self-maintenance tasks), work and productive activities, and play or leisure activities.
appropriateness and extent of therapy provided by a school division
is related to the educational need rather than the medical needs of
a student with disabilities. Therapy is intended to provide a
concentrated focus on areas of need and is generally most
therapeutic when provided for a brief period in the child's
This is a continual aspect of a child's academic day. Physical therapists become involved when their expertise is needed to ensure the least restrictive environment for the child.
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