Occupational Therapy (OT) Services
The Rialto Unified School District Special Services employs occupational therapists who provide services directly to eligible students with disabilities in its member districts.School-based Occupational Therapy practitioners support educational participation within school routines (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2020).School-based occupational therapy is governed by federal and state laws and is a related service for students with an identified disability who have an individualized education program (IEP) and receive other special education services. It is provided to students who need therapy to function in the educational setting. Therefore, if the IEP team has exhausted the strategies, activities, or resources available and believe that occupational therapy is necessary for the child to benefit from his/her educational program, a referral should be made.
Prior to providing occupational therapy services, an assessment is conducted by a licensed occupational therapist to determine the appropriateness and necessity of services. The primary areas of focus for school-based occupational therapy services include fine motor, visual motor integration, and sensory processing. Occupational therapy’s expertise includes activity and environmental analysis and modifications with a goal of reducing the barriers to participation (AOTA, 2017)