Who Gets OT and PT Services?
An initial referral is generated from a member of the educational team when a concern is identified which is impacting the student’s performance in the classroom. Examples may include difficulties with the following tasks:
Immature pencil grasp
Copying from the board
Manipulating classroom objects
Regulating levels of alertness
Body awareness and balance
Safely maneuvering the school environment
After the initial referral is received, the therapist obtains parent permission to evaluate the student. A variety of standardized assessment tools, as well as clinical observations, are used to help determine if the student qualifies for services. A child may be recommended to receive therapy services using a direct or consultative service model based upon needs identified by the therapy evaluation.