Mrs. Vaden, Occupational
Therapy, Mrs. Goetz, Occupational Therapy
& Mrs. Grasberger, Physical Therapy
Occupational therapy in the school
setting is concerned with the facilitation, restoration, and/or maintenance of
optimum independence in students whose adaptive skills and/or effective
functioning in the environment have been impaired.
Occupational therapists evaluate
the child's level of occupational performance skills in school, work, self-care,
and play tasks as they relate to his/her educational performance. Occupational
therapists are trained to evaluate and provide treatment to improve performance
in the activities of daily living (self-maintenance tasks), work and productive
activities, and play or leisure activities.
The appropriateness and extent of
therapy provided by a school division is related to the educational need rather
than the medical needs of a student with disabilities. Therapy is intended to
provide a concentrated focus on areas of need and is generally most therapeutic
when provided for a brief period in the child's education.
The physical therapist assists students with activities that help them with
mobility, positioning, motor planning, and the proper use of the large muscle
groups in the body. A large part of the physical therapist's role is assisting
and educating all team members in the movement.
This is a continual aspect of a
child's academic day. Physical therapists become involved when their expertise
is needed to ensure the least restrictive environment for the child.