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Occupational & Physical Therapy

Arwah Franklin, Supervisor
Community Based Programs, OT/PT
3031 Stanton, Springfield, IL 62703
Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between school-based and medical-based therapy services?

School based services must be relevant to improving the child's performance in the educational setting. Services may include providing adaptations and accommodations to the child's curriculum or environment, providing consultation to school staff, and providing direct therapy services when indicated for enhancing fine motor, visual-motor, sensory processing, or self-help skills within the school setting.

Medical based services address goals related to improving functional performances at home and in the community. They may have specific incremental goals for improving motor skills, self-help performances, or sensory-processing. The services are based on medical necessity, not educational relevance.

Will my child ALWAYS receive Physical Therapy or Occupational Therapy services?

Services will be provided to meet IEP goals and objectives. Performance will be regularly monitored and will be modified or discontinued based upon progress and staff readiness as determined by the IEP team.

Why is a physician referral necessary for a student to receive Physical Therapy Services?

Occupational and physical therapists are licensed by the State of Illinois. The Physical Therapy Licensure act requires that therapists work under a physician prescription. A prescription is preferred for a student to receive occupational therapy services.

Can Physical Therapists or Occupational Therapists provide services to children who do not have disabilities or have not been referred for a special education evaluation?

Physical and Occupational therapists can provide a functional screening and make initial remediation suggestions to the educational staff as part of the Response To Intervention plan.

How do you refer a student for Occupational and Physical Therapy services?

Student's Without an IEP: An RTI screening can be requested for a student with suspected fine or gross motor deficits that impede academic performances. A student may also be referred as a part of the initial case study to assess eligibility for special education and or related services. In some cases, OT and PT may be part of a 504 plan to address accommodations. Use the OT/PT checklist for teachers referral form.

Student's With An IEP: A therapy referral is generated by the IEP team based on suspected fine motor, gross motor, or sensory-motor needs. Once a physician's prescription is obtained, the therapy evaluation can be completed. The IEP team will meet to review evaluation results and to determine therapy service needs, if indicated, to meet educational objectives.