Occupational Therapy

EDU Healthcare offers occupational therapy services to school districts through our network of licensed and experienced Occupational Therapists and Certified Occupational Therapist Assistants. Our Occupational Therapists focus on the full range of fine motor skill development in order to help students improve their early life skill performance. Our fully trained and licensed Occupational Therapists use customized therapy plans, sensory integration tools, and individual and group therapy to teach students to enhance their eye-hand coordination, compensate for communication difficulties to facilitate positive social interactions, and acquire anger management techniques that enable them to handle stressful situations in positive ways. Our Occupational Therapists’ experience and credentials provide them with the ability to address many other cognitive, physical, and motor skill needs students face, including but not limited to:

• Developmental Delays
• Social Skills
• Sensory Processing Disorders
• Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, and Other Chronic Disorders
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Mental Health and/or Behavioral Issues
• Physical Injuries
• Spatial Awareness
• Neuromotor Dysfunction

Throughout the therapy process, our Occupational Therapists communicate with parents/guardians so that they are able to provide support and receive training, if necessary, in order to facilitate their children’s treatment while in the home environment. Our Occupational Therapists also consult with appropriate district faculty, administrators, and staff members, as well as other healthcare service providers, so that they understand and are able to implement any accommodations required for a student’s treatment while at school. Our Occupational Therapists involve other therapy professionals in these treatment plans, should their expertise be required, and only incorporate evidence-based therapeutic techniques that directly address educational and developmental goals as outlined in the Individualized Education Program (IEP) process.

Each student’s IEP guides the delivery of occupational therapy services by addressing academic and personal modifications, specific instructional needs, measurements to best determine successful outcomes, and present levels of academic and personal performance. Therefore, Occupational Therapists are often an essential part of a student’s IEP team, and their involvement in IEP meetings is paramount. EDU Healthcare ensures that the highly qualified occupational therapy services that we offer our client partners includes active participation in the IEP meeting, as well as assistance or direction in the creation of effective IEPs for students with therapeutic needs. Our Occupational Therapists then ensure that students, families/guardians of students, and other faculty and staff members who are unfamiliar with the importance or function of the IEP develop a thorough understanding of its process, goals, and outcomes.

EDU Healthcare Occupational Therapists synthesize and report information in a manner that can be easily understood by others and used to inform student instruction and improve outcomes. Common purposes of assessment include special need identification, eligibility determination, progress monitoring, and IEP evaluation. EDU Healthcare Occupational Therapists provide a weekly and/or monthly schedule of services (depending on administration preference) to their EDU Healthcare supervisor, on-site supervisor, and any other district administrator requesting such documentation. Each therapist is experienced in developing personalized IEPs and documenting work toward specific identified goals. Documentation of progress toward these goals is an expected requirement in achieving optimal success in executing any therapy plan, and ongoing progress and outcome documentation shall be accessible to any district administrator upon request. All EDU Healthcare Occupational Therapists maintain records in a neat and orderly fashion. They record daily attendance logs and document conversations with the students and other relevant individuals.

 


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