Occupational & Physical Therapy Services


Kate Cadieux
Instructional Supervisor

Occupational and Physical Therapy are related services provided to students with disabilities who need these services in order to access their educational programs.  Occupational and Physical Therapy (OT/PT) are designed to support a student’s academic goals and benchmarks. These are educational relevant services and are not indicated for medical or rehabilitative reasons.

Therapy in the educational environment encompasses a variety of intervention strategies.  The knowledge and expertise of a therapist are required to determine the needs of the student, and to develop educationally relevant benchmarks and goals.  Some of theses strategies may then be implemented by a variety of school based personnel.

Consent for a PT and OT evaluation is obtained from the parents or guardians at an IEP meeting or a Child Study Team (CST)/ School Support Team (SST) meeting. In addition, a referral from a physician licensed in the State of Florida is required for a physical therapy evaluation.  An evaluation of the student is conducted by a physical and/or occupational therapist employed by M-DCPS. The therapists work closely with the students and teachers to ensure that the benefits of therapy are transferred to the classroom and school environment. Students are assessed regularly to determine the need for continued educationally relevant therapy.

Physical Therapy

A student receiving special education services who requires a specially prescribed program directed towards the development, improvement or restoration of neuromuscular or sensorimotor function, relief of pain or control of postural deviations to attain the student’s functional performance in an educational setting is eligible to receive physical therapy as defined in Rule 6A-6.03024, FAC.

Occupational Therapy

A student receiving special education services whose physical, motor or neurological deficits result in significant dysfunction in daily living skills, academic learning skills or adaptive social or emotional behaviors is eligible to receive occupational therapy.


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