Mid-State Occupational Therapy Services
Serving students ages birth-21 within our Member Districts
Occupational therapists in schools promote 'occupations' that occur during the school day. An occupation is ANYTHING a person does; from writing your name to getting dressed, to driving or to having a conversation. Typically, O.T.'s in the school support staff & students in the areas of fine motor, sensory processing, assistive technology, self-care, and functional tasks. Occupational therapy uses a holistic approach and views the situation through the student's lens. This means giving consideration to the student's environment, the student's skills (visual, motor, processing, etc), staff skill level and interaction, and the student's values and motivators.
The goal of OT service is to enable students with disabilities to function in their school environments successfully and independently alongside their typically developing peers.
School OT service to students and school teams may involve:
- Developing activities to improve fine motor control, or to promote sensory-motor development (body awareness, postural control, hand-eye coordination).
- Recommending strategies and adaptive aids in order to improve performance in school activities.
OT Services Eligibility
To be eligible for school OT service, students must:
- Be identified as having a disability that interferes with education as described under the criteria of IDEA (The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) or section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended
- Have sensory-motor problems that interfere with their ability to manage classroom materials
- Require OT intervention to become more independent or better able to participate in school activities.
- Previously tried pre-referral interventions and have completed an OT pre-referral checklist