How do Occupational Therapists Serve Students?
OT is a related service in the schools, which means occupational therapy is a service that supports a child’s special education services. Occupational therapy services assist the child to benefit from their special education and to meet their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) goals and objectives.
In order for a student to qualify for occupational therapy services, an occupational therapy assessment must be completed.
- Students qualify for services when they score two standard deviations below the norm. The specific “qualifying” score differs depending on what evaluation tool is used to assess a student.
- An occupational therapist’s professional observations and judgment also factor in to the decision on whether a student qualifies.
- It is a team decision on whether occupational therapy services will be started and how the occupational therapy services will be provided. The team includes all school district personnel along with parents/guardians of the student.
- Goals and objectives are written as a team.
Occupational therapy services are available for Henry County Public School students in different formats:
- Indirect Services: