Occupational Therapy Services
School based occupational therapy is a related service to special education. Students who are eligible for special education services may receive occupational therapy following an occupational therapy evaluation and determination of need within the educational setting.
In a school environment, a child’s occupation is defined as any of the tasks or activities they must perform or complete in order to be a successful student within the educational environment.
Goals of the school-based occupational therapist include the following:
- Directly supports access to educational activities and the school environment.
- Collaborates with teachers and other staff members to improve a student’s participation and performance in the school setting.
- Educates teachers, family members, and others about the impacts of disability on educational performance, the potential benefits of adaptations or accommodations, and how to request support from related service professionals.