Occupational Therapy (OT) is a related service that helps students in special education achieve functional use of fine motor, visual motor, visual perceptual, and self-help skills, specifically relating to their educational needs. The OT staff is committed to working collaboratively with teachers, students, parents, and other IEP team members to develop strategies and adaptations/modifications that will help students achieve.
OT services are provided to students, ages 2 years old through high school graduation, when the IEP team decides that the student requires the related service of OT in order to benefit from his or her special education program. The student’s IEP goals and objectives are developed and implemented jointly by the IEP team. Services are provided in a combination of the following ways:
1) Working directly with the student,
2) Collaborating with the student’s teacher, and
3) Monitoring the student engaged in the classroom tasks.
Research supports the importance of students practicing skills in functional activities during routine tasks. The OT staff shares knowledge with teachers and parents so that the student can practice skills correctly throughout the day.
Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants are certified by a national licensing board and they are also licensed through the Virginia Department of Health Professions.
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