Special Services

Occupational and Physical Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

These therapy services are designed to help students who are showing an educational related difficulty, which impairs his/her ability to function in the school environment. Occupational Therapists use strategies to facilitate a student’s active participation in the areas of self-care, academic and /or vocational pursuits, as well as play and leisure activities. Therapists use direct and indirect services, assistive technology and environmental modifications,  and collaborate with parents, teachers, and other educational staff to help implement a child’s program. The goal of services is to assist a student in acquiring skills that will allow them to adapt successfully in an educational environment.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical Therapy is a related service, which is designed to help students access their school environment and participate safely to the best of their ability. School physical therapists address functional limitations such as difficulties with mobility, transitions or gross motor skills. It also includes interventions which address impairments that contribute to those functional limitations such as posture, balance, strength, and coordination. Difficulties in these areas must impact upon student's participation in their educational program and environment in order to be considered for remediation.