Occupational & Physical Therapy
OT and PT help children and young adults with disabilities from birth. The goal of therapy is to facilitate functional independence as early as possible to allow students to participate in their education in a more typical manner.
School-based OT/PT is governed by federal and state laws and is a related service to special education, and it is limited to and provided only if the child needs therapy to function in the educational setting. Therapy in school does not necessarily focus on the child's underlying medical problem but works towards increased independence and motor skills as needed to function in the school environment. If the child has a problem that would normally be treated with private OT/PT to improve motor function, but the problem does not interfere with his or her ability to learn in the classroom, school-based therapy is not indicated.