Supports & Services: Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AND PHYSICAL THERAY IN THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT
School-based occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) are related services included in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Children 3 to 22 years of age who meet criteria for special education services may be eligible for OT and/or PT services. Service needs are determined upon completion of school occupational therapy or physical therapy assessment and IEP team recommendation. School-based occupational therapists and physical therapists share in the decision-making process with the IEP team to determine how to meet the educational needs of individual students.
In the Los Angeles Unified School District, occupational therapy and physical therapy primarily focus on purposeful, goal directed activities that improve a student's functional performance during his/her school day. School occupational therapists and physical therapists:
School-based occupational therapy and physical therapy may include individual or small group treatment, consultation, monitoring or environmental adaptations.
WHAT IS SCHOOL-BASED OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
School-based occupational therapy and physical therapy may include individual or small group treatment, consultation, monitoring or environmental adaptations. School-based occupational therapy is a support service to a student's educational program. School occupational therapists use therapeutic activities that may improve a student's ability to function within the school environment in the areas of self-help. work and play. School occupational therapists assess the following areas:
Occupational therapy intervention may include adaptation of tasks or the environment in order to enhance student performance.
WHAT IS SCHOOL-BASED PHYSICAL THERAPY?
School-based physical therapy. which requires a medical diagnosis in order to provide treatment. is a support service t the student's educational program. School physical therapist use therapeutic activities that may improve a student's ability to physically access his her educational environment. Schoo physical therapists assess the following areas:
Physical therapy intervention may include the use of environmental adaptations or assistive equipment.
The Ecologucal Model of Student Performance
The Ecological Model of Student Performance guides occupational therapists and physical therapists in determining the specific needs of a student within his/her educational program. The ecological model takes into account three factors:
The interaction between the student, curriculum and the environment affects student performance within the educational setting. School occupational therapy and physical therapy may be necessary to assist a student in accessing his/her educational program
ABOUT OUR THERAPIST
The Los Angeles Unified School District Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Program consists of a growing staff of over 100 qualified pediatric occupational therapists, physical therapists, and therapy assistants. The therapists are nationally certified and.-'or state licensed. Many of the therapists also hold a Master's or Doctoral degree. The staff come from diverse backgrounds and have experience in a variety of settings. Some therapists are actively involved in research, teach university level courses, and have published literature related to the fields of occupational therapy and physical therapy. Additionally, District therapists participate in continuing education training in a variety of clinical areas.
Occupational and Physical Therapy
333 South Beaudry Avenue. Los Angeles, California 90017
(213) 241-6701 | Fax: (213) 241-5168