Occupational and physical therapy personnel provide a continuum of services in the least restrictive environment for children, 3 to 21 years of age. Children in early intervention programs receive services that focus on their developmental delays, behavioral difficulties, sensory needs and physical and/or neurological problems. Therapists serving school-age students are mandated to provide educationally-related services. The therapist must show a relationship between the identified disability and the difficulties the student has in performing or participating in specific educational activities.
Occupational therapy and physical therapy work together to plan environmental adaptations, assistive technology and transition to the community or worksite, where needed, to accommodate the student's disabilities.
Occupational therapy addresses problems in overall sensorimotor development, visual perception, educational and work activities, graphomotor skills, and activities of daily living. The primary focus of occupational therapy is to help students participate as fully as possible in their education, homes and communities.
Physical therapy addresses the areas of physical and neurological dysfunction and developmental delays. The physical therapist is concerned with motor and sensory performance. The school-based physical therapist looks at the student's physical functioning and its impact on learning, mobility, accessibility, and safety within the educational environment.
The Evaluation Clinic
The Evaluation Clinic provides comprehensive assessment when requested by a Committee on Special Education. This Service is primarily for regular education students who demonstrate specific sensorimotor and/or physical problems and who have difficulties perceiving or processing classroom information.
Direct occupational and/or physical therapy
Direct occupational and/or physical therapy is requested by Committees on Special Education or Preschool Special Education wherever the student's classroom is located. These services are delivered in individual or small group settings, depending on the student's program, needs and functioning levels.
Consultation is provided to Committees on Special Education and Preschool Special Education, building teams, teaching personnel and parents. This service clarifies evaluation results and the educational implications of identified problems, assists in developing needed adaptations for students and promotes functional independence in school and community/work transitions.
Occupational and/or physical therapy in the home
Occupational and/or physical therapy in the home will be provided for school age students who are deemed unable to attend school programs by the Committee on Special Education.
Workshops and in-service training
Workshops and in-service training are provided for professional colleagues, teaching personnel and parents.
Clinical education is provided for college/university students training to become occupational or physical therapy personnel.
New York State Occupational Therapy Association (NYSOTA):
NYSOTA, which represents over 1000 members, strives to: Support professional ethics and discipline. Promote the standing of occupational therapy as a viable profession in New York State. Foster the highest capability of occupational therapy practitioners to meet the need of changes in society and health care provisions. Advance evidence-based research and education in occupational therapy. NYSOTA has been hard at work! Please visit the NEW website for information about events in your area, legislative updates and career opportunities.
New York Physical Therapy Association (NYPTA):
NYPTA is a professional, non-profit association of approximately 5,000 Physical Therapists (PTs), Physical Therapist Assistants (PTAs) and PT/PTA students. The NYPTA is dedicated to serving the public's health interests, improving the standard of health for people of all ages and advancing the benefits of physical therapy and the interests of physical therapy professionals in state of New York.