Occupational Therapy (OT)

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) identifies Occupational Therapy as  related  services for eligible children ages 3-21 years who require assistance to benefit from a free and appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment. Occupational Therapy is one of the related services under Part B of IDEA that may be provided to support a student's Individualized Education Program.

The New York City Department of Education provides school based Occupational Therapy in both District 75 and General Education school settings.

School Based Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy services are provided by New York State licensed Occupational Therapists to students mandated to receive such services as designated on their Individualized Educational Program (IEP). School-based Occupational Therapists work collaboratively with the student's IEP team and participate in evaluation, program, planning, intervention, and monitoring the outcome of the intervention. Occupational therapy is designed to maintain, improve, or restore function of students in all education-related activities, including neuro-musculoskeletal function, motor function including fine motor, oral motor and visual motor integration, sensory and perceptual function, cognitive, and psychosocial function. Activities emphasize independence in daily living skills and school participation in various settings including classroom, bathroom, cafeteria, and playground.

Dismissal from School Therapy

The decision to discontinue therapy is made by the IEP team. This may occur when the student is no longer eligible for special education; when other members of the IEP team can provide the necessary interventions or when the student can perform school tasks without therapeutic intervention.

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