Occupational Therapy (OT)
Occupational Therapists provide collaborative consultation and support to staff and specialized direct instruction to improve a student’s educational performance related to fine motor, gross motor, and sensory integration development. They use goal-directed activities to improve the student’s educational performance in postural stability, self-help abilities, sensory processing and organization, environmental adaptation and use of assistive devices, motor planning and coordination, visual perception and integration, and fine motor abilities.
Occupational Therapy is defined as improving, developing, or restoring functions impaired or lost through illness, injury or deprivation. Improving the ability to perform tasks for independent functioning when functions are impaired or lost; and preventing, through early intervention, initial or further impairment or loss of function (34 C.F.R. 300.16[b]).
Occupational therapy assistant means an individual who is certified according to the provisions of Section 2570.2(h) of the Business and Professions Code, who is in good standing as determined by the board, and based thereon, who is qualified to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under this chapter, and who works under the appropriate supervision of a licensed occupational therapist.