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Ed Manansala, Ed.D., County Superintendent of Schools
Occupational Therapy / Physical Therapy Services

Occupational Therapy / Physical Therapy Services

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy services are provided by licensed occupational therapists and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants (COTA) under the supervision of an occupational therapist.

Description of Services

Occupational Therapists can assess students with disabilities to evaluate needs in the areas of motor planning, gross motor and fine motor skills, and visual perception skills, as well as self-help skills.  Although these are the primary areas of focus, sometimes other areas are addressed as well (e.g., processing of sensory input, coordination of skills, external adaptations, alternative ways of completing activities, etc.). The IEP team determines whether it is educationally necessary for children to receive Occupational Therapy in order to benefit from their special education instruction.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapists work with students whose IEP team has determined that physical therapy services are needed to benefit from special education.

Description of Services

Physical therapists typically provide consultation and/or services in the areas of functional mobility, transfers and positioning.