Special Education (Exceptional Student Services)

Occupational and Physical Therapy

  • Occupational therapy and physical therapy should be identified as a resource only when the therapist’s unique expertise is needed to support a student who is eligible to receive special education services to meet their individualized goals. Identified needs and goals for a student should be identified prior to the IEP team’s determination of what therapy is needed. School-based occupational therapy and physical therapy help define student’s strengths, needs, and their impact on school performance. The occupational and physical therapists work in collaboration with the student, general education team and special education team, which includes the student’s legal guardian. Services may be provided directly to the student or in consultation on behalf of the student as determined by the IEP team.



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