School-based occupational therapy is designed to enhance the student's ability to fully access and be successful in the learning environment. Occupational therapy (OT) is a related service under Part B of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), and is provided to help a student with a disability to benefit from special education. As such, OT is a supportive service, and may address academics, motor tasks, independent work habits, social participation, play, self care and transition skills within the school setting. Direct OT services use therapeutic activities to address the student’s underlying physical, sensory or cognitive needs while building on their strengths, with the aim of building their confidence, participation, enjoyment and success in school related activities. Indirect OT services include observation, collaboration and consultation with students, staff and families to modify tasks and/or the educational environment with a goal of reducing the barriers to participation in school related activities.
For more information on school based OT, please visit https://www.aota.org/~/media/
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