Best Practices for Documenting Occupational Therapy Services in Schools
Best Practices for Documenting Occupational Therapy Services in Schools
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Type: Book
SKU: 900399
Type: Book
SKU: 900399
Publisher: AOTA Press
Published: 2017
ISBN: 9781569003992
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By Gloria Frolek Clark, PhD, OTR/L, SCSS, BCP, FAOTA, and Dottie Handley-More, MS, OTR/L


School accountability has become a fundamental aspect of education policy. Education law mandates rigorous academic standards, measuring student progress against these standards, and establishing consequences for the outcomes. Occupational therapy practitioners are held accountable for their services in schools, and documentation provides a trail of data that supports it.


When documentation provides quantitative data, an education team can determine the significance of a problem and monitor change with instruction or intervention. When a student’s performance is compared to expectations on the basis of school policy, curricula standards, teacher expectations, or peer performance, discrepancy in a student’s performance can be measured for decision making.


Simple but effective documentation allows occupational therapy practitioners to efficiently use their professional judgment. With clear explanations and more than 40 forms, this book facilitates gathering data in all aspects of providing occupational therapy services in schools.


Chapters include—

Chapter 1. Introduction to Documentation in Schools

Chapter 2. Data Collection

Chapter 3. Tiered Support: Screening and Evaluation

Chapter 4. Intervention: Planning, Implementation, and Review

Chapter 5. Outcomes and Program Evaluation

Chapter 6. Supervision of Occupational Therapy Assistants in Schools

Chapter 7. Documentation for Medicaid Services in Schools

• Appendixes include Guidelines for Documentation of Occupational Therapy, Standards of Practice for Occupational Therapy, the AOTA Occupational Profile Template, and other resources.

A flash drive containing fillable forms provides readers with examples of effective documentation that can be used in practice.

978-1-56900-399-2, 150 pages, April 2017