Occupational Therapy in HCPS

     Occupational Therapy is a related service for students who have an individualized education plan or for students with a student education plan (under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973). 

     Occupational Therapy is provided when the student requires Occupational Therapy to benefit from their special education program in order to accomplish the educational goals. 

     In the educational setting the occupational therapist is responsible for:

  • Evaluating a student to assess the need for occupational therapy as a related service to the student’s individual education plan.  Once need has been established, Occupational therapy is added to the IEP, service delivery is determined, and a collaborative plan with the IEP team is produced to address the needs of the student as it relates to his individual education plan.
  • Assessing the need for intervention and providing a treatment plan for students who need to improve independence with their Activity of Daily Living skills that are necessary throughout the school environment.  (Manage zipper, snaps, and buttons on personal clothing, managing clothing during toileting, tying shoes, manipulating book bag, etc.)
  • Assessing the need for intervention and providing a treatment plan for students who need to improve skill and/or ability to perform  functional motor tasks required within his / her individual education program.  (cutting, handwriting, organizational skills, performing a sequenced task, etc.)
  • To collaborate with the IEP team members to produce a treatment plan as needed to improve the student’s ability to self-regulate and respond to environmental input, in order to successfully complete class work and accomplish educational goals.  (use of hand fidgets, use of alternative seating positions, etc.)

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