Occupational Therapy supports a student’s ability to participate in desired daily school activities or “occupations.” Services support a student’s participation in activities of daily living (ADLs), instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), education, work, play, leisure, rest and sleep, and social participation within the natural context of the school day. Occupational therapy is a related service available for students with special education eligibility determined by the IEP team.
CASE Occupational Therapists (OTs) offer a continuum of services including prevention, promotion, and intervention. OTs are contributors on the child’s individualized educational team and collaborate with a variety of partners including students, parents, teachers, and paraprofessionals. They have knowledge and skills in the biological, physical, social, and behavioral sciences. They have a wide range of expertise in a variety of modalities, theories, and interventions apply the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (AOTA, 2008). Services to students are provided in a variety school contexts (class, recess, PE, cafeteria). CASE OTs evaluate and provide assistive technology to support student success.
In addition to direct services to students, CASE OTs consult with school staff and provide training/professional development and classroom coaching in areas such as assistive technology, sensory modifications, motor skills and planning.
AOTA, (2014). Best practices for occupational therapy in schools. Eds. Gloria Frolek Clark & Barbara Chandler. AOTA Press: Bethesda, MD.
AOTA (2016). Occupational therapy in school settings.
AOTA (2011). Occupational therapy services in early childhood and school-based settings. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65, Supplement.