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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 environment of the classroom. This includes provision of supportive guidance to educational staff and parents, thus furthering the student's optimal independence.

School Based Occupational and Physical Therapy

"School-based therapy is integrated into the school's educational program as a means to enhance functioning and attain educational objectives. Occupational therapists and physical therapists can provide support to 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 educational program. The school system also provides the therapy specified on the Section 504 plan or, as deemed necessary by the team, for achievement of a student's identified educational goals and objectives/benchmarks. When occupational therapy and physical therapy are provided as educational services, decisions regarding what type of therapy is provided, how it is provided and who is to provide it are directly tied to the students' overall educational program. ...."

(Educational Relevance Section of the Recommended Practice for Occupational and Physical Therapy Services in Illinois schools-Illinois State Board of Education, www.isbe.net, page 13 2003)