• Occupational Therapy 

    Occupational Therapy (OT) is designed to help students with disabilities improve, develop, or restore functions impaired or lost through illness, injury or deprivation; improve ability to perform tasks for independent functioning if functions are impaired or lost; and prevent, through early intervention, initial or further impairment or loss of function.

    OT services, provided by a qualified occupational therapist, can enhance a child's ability to function in his/her educational program and may include the following:

    • Self-help skills or adaptive living, such as eating and dressing
    • Functional mobility, such as moving safely through school
    • Positioning, such as sitting appropriately in class
    • Sensory-motor processing, such as using the senses and muscles
    • Fine motor performance, such as writing and cutting
    • Gross motor performance, such as walking and athletic skills
    • Life skills training/vocational skills
    • Psychosocial adaptation

    District 65 currently has eight Occupational Therapists whose responsibilities include the following:

    • Evaluations completed per the recommendation of the IEP teams
    • Provide therapy in pull-out and collaborative service models
    • Provide technical support staff regarding student needs, such as sensory diets, assistive technology, and adaptive methods
    • Write evaluation reports, therapy notes, and data collection analysis
    • Attend eligibility and annual review conferences
    • Provide input and consultation at RtI meetings
    • Attend school and department meetings
    • Participate in professional development
    • Perform other duties as assigned by principals and supervisors