Module 2: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Public School Systems of Support
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SKU: OL8378

Published: 2022

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Jean E. Polichino, OTR, MS, FAOTA

Related Services Consultant

Credit: .15 AOTA CEUs (1.5 contact  hours, 1.88 NBCOT PDUs)

Course Description

Occupational therapy services within public schools are provided within a system that differs a great deal from a medical systems approach with which OT practitioners may be more familiar.  At the heart of these differences is the understanding of practice under the rules and regulations of federal and state/local policies and procedures as well as the need for strong relationships with children, families and school staff while advocating for the roles of occupational therapy.  In addition, providing evidence-based interventions, collecting data, focusing interventions on school outcomes, and understanding the language of school systems drive an approach to OT intervention that is not present in other traditional settings.

This 3-course series covers the Why, How and What to lay the groundwork for school-based practice.

Module 2 explains the role of occupational therapy under the various policies that are in effect in public education.


Learning Objectives 

Upon completion of this module, the learner will be able to:

  1. name two (2) types of early intervening services that provide occupational therapists opportunities for collaborative teamwork in general education.
  2. specify the needed components of a 504 plan for students who are determined to have a disability under Section 504.
  3. identify two (2) ways occupational therapists as related service providers may contribute to the evaluation process under IDEA Part B.


Target Audience:  Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Learning level:  Intermediate

Key words:  School Based Practice, State and Federal Regulations