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Occupational Therapists act as related-service team members in the evaluation, plan development and program implementation process for children from birth until age 21. Occupational therapists assist to develop therapeutic strategies that are specific to the student's unique educational needs. These strategies support the student's program and maximize the student's optimal performance. The OT's role within the educational setting includes providing consultative services, program supports and recommendations to parents, teachers and administrators in the areas of fine and gross motor development, perceptual motor skills, self-help skills, self-regulation strategies and the use of adaptive equipment to develop and promote independence throughout the school day.

In the educational setting, the physical therapist acts as a related-service team member to support those students who have a motor impairment that impacts a student's access to their educational program. The physical therapist assists the team in the evaluation, IEP/IFSP plan development, and program implementation for students ages birth to 21. The PT consults with team members to assist with the achievement of adaptations and accommodations in the areas of gross and fine motor development, mobility, positioning, transfers, strength, endurance, and range of motion. The PT works closely with the special education case manager, paraprofessionals, and DAPE teachers to identify motor activities that are developmentally appropriate and safe for the student and staff. PT's also monitor equipment for fit and safety and assists in development of emergency evacuation protocols.