Schools provide occupational therapy when a child with a disability requires this related service to assist the child to benefit from special education. Occupational therapists use purposeful activity to facilitate a child's active participation in self-maintenance; academic and vocational pursuits; and play or leisure activities that occur in school environments. Using direct and indirect services, as well as assistive technology and environmental modifications, school occupational therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a child's special education program.
The DPI publication, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy: A Resource and Planning Guide provides detailed information about occupational therapy in Wisconsin schools. It can be ordered from DPI Publications at 1-800-243-8782.
Wisconsin DPI service for School Based Occupational Therapy
For more information contact:
Phone: (715) 682-2363 Ext. 112