Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy
RPS provides occupational therapy (OT) and physical therapy (PT) as related services to special education when a student requires the service in order to benefit from their educational program. These therapists work closely with teachers and school teams to identify and establish solutions and/or adaptations that will help students to participate as fully as possible in their school settings. As team members, therapists share information and integrate their specialized knowledge in development, motor learning and task performance to provide a unique perspective within the educational environment. OT and/or PT services may be indicated when a student eligible for special education is unable to make progress without that unique service. The appropriateness and extent of OT and PT services provided by a school division is related to the educational needs rather than the medical needs of a student with a disability.
School-based therapy interventions are best provided as a part of the student’s daily routine and may include adapting student activities, developing increased practice opportunities, providing positioning advice, monitoring equipment or therapeutic programs, and team problem solving. The least restrictive environment is a critical team consideration in determining the mode and frequency of OT and PT services. Services may be provided directly with the student or through collaboration, materials modification, and/or through staff/team training and should be delivered in the least restrictive way. A student’s need for services will vary over time. Services and accommodations are reflected in the educational plan and should always be based on immediate educational needs.
Our OT and PT staff are licensed through the Virginia Board of Medicine and Department of Health Professions; and provide evidence based interventions and best practices for school services as guided by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE).
Veronica Wiles, Senior Related Service Provider