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Occupational & Physical Therapy

Arwah Franklin, Supervisor
Community Based Programs, OT/PT
3031 Stanton, Springfield, IL 62703
Welcome to the Occupational and Physical Therapy Website

Our goal is to provide you with information about Occupational and Physical Therapy Services and activity suggestions to help increase your student's functional independence in the classroom and school environment.

Occupational and Physical Therapy Instructional Focus

The focus of the Occupational and Physical Therapy staff is to increase the optimal functional performance of the student as a whole person within the academic environment. This includes provision of supportive guidance to educational staff and parents, thus furthering the student's optimal independence.

School Based Occupational and Physical Therapy

"OT and PT are integrated into the school’s educational program as a means to enhance functioning and attain the student’s individual educational objectives. Therapy Practitioners are members of collaborative teams, assisting in determining appropriate programs for students and supporting the total educational system. They can assist with problem solving to eliminate barriers that hinder access to educational environments and assist with modifications and accommodations to support students in their regular education or special education program. The role of occupational therapists and physical therapists in the team decision-making process involves collecting and analyzing the evaluation data and conveying to the team members its impact on the student’s ability to access and participate in the educational environment and programs. The school system provides the programming, services, supports and interventions specified in a student’s IEP or Section 504 plan, as deemed necessary by the team, for achievement of a student’s identified educational goals and objectives/benchmarks, and participation in and progress through the general education curriculum.” 

(OT AND PT IN THE EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENT section of the Recommended Practice for Occupational and Physical Therapy Services in Illinois Schools-Illinois State Board of Education, www.isbe.net, page 21, 2019)