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  • Occupational Therapy: Medical Model vs School Based Services

    1. Provide services based on the needs of the child. 
    2. Apply the best evidence-based and best practices in pediatric occupational therapy. 
    3. Help children accomplish functional goals. 
    4. Work collaboratively with other team members, including families, medical providers, and caregivers in setting goals, planning interventions, and monitoring progress. 
    5. Educate and empower the patient, family, and other caregivers, make home program suggestions. 
    6. Monitor progress regularly through utilization of appropriate outcome measurement tools. 
    7. Terminate therapy when it is not necessary anymore.

    What does OT at KRG look like? 
    1. Our occupational therapists typically assess and address the child’s strengths and needs in a clinic setting in order to support participation in life activities. 
    2. Outpatient, clinic-based OT’s assist a child to achieve functional intervention goals that enhance performance at home and/or in the community. They address medical continuum of needs, including impairments and functional limitations. 
    3. Clinic-based OT focuses on ADL’s (Activities of Daily Living) such as the skills needed for dressing, feeding, grooming, toileting, and bathing as well as sleeping and other routines that happen at home and in the community.

    What does School-Based OT provide: 
    1. School-based occupational therapists observe, assess, and address the child’s strengths and needs within the natural school settings (e.g., classroom, lunchroom, playground) in order to support the student’s educational program. Services may be directed to the child and on behalf of the child in the school environment (e.g., training educational staff). 
    2. The OT assists a student to achieve educational goals developed by the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team. The goal of school-based OT is to promote access to academic curriculum and participation in other school activities. 
    3. Vermont school-based OT’s often work within the consultative model, working with the child’s educational team and giving them instructions on how to help the child access their school environment and curriculum. School-based OT’s participate in educational meetings such as transition meetings, IEP, and 504 meetings as needed. 
    The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was enacted “to ensure that all children with disabilities have available to them a free appropriate public education that emphasizes special education and related services designed to meet their unique needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living.” (IDEA §300.1). Some kids need occupational therapy at school for their school-based needs as well as at the outpatient for supporting their independence in activities of daily living (ADL’s). 


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