School-Based Services

Yes! We provide services for clients and for private schools. We offer school-based assessments and consultations to support carryover of skills from the clinic environment to the classroom for existing clients. We also provide an observation or school-based assessment as requested by a school for their student(s).

Do you work with schools?

OTC therapists are available to work with any other profession or discipline that is needed, to provide effective treatment for your child. In cases of an IEP process, our involvement is contingent on what the needs are and the willingness of the child’s school to include us in the process. School observations and staff training are provided as requested by each individual client and may not be reimbursable by insurance.

School services are provided for existing clients or to private schools on an as-needed basis. For existing clients, school-based assessments and consultations may be needed to support carryover of skills from the clinic environment to the classroom. At times, services may be provided directly in the classroom or preschool setting. Schools and preschools may request an observation or school-based assessment for their student(s) because they have identified developmental challenges that may be impacting a child’s ability to access the curriculum or to participate in classroom activities in age-typical ways.

“Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help students perform particular tasks necessary for participation or learning.”

AOTA, 2017

Many children with sensory processing challenges struggle in school because of difficulties filtering out extraneous inputs such as background noise, sights, people sitting and moving close by, or the need to process many inputs at once such as being able to look, listen, and do; all at the same time. Some children with sensory processing challenges have sensory-based movement challenges and sitting upright at a desk all day and sitting still for long periods can pose a challenge. Initiating new tasks and staying focused in order to complete them without ongoing assistance can also be difficult for children with motor-based impairments. Some children struggle with the visual perceptual or visual motor demands of handwriting, keeping pace with other children, or being able to follow along on a page or organize work on a page. These are all examples of challenges that may indicate the need for OT at school. OTs work with classroom teachers to adapt the environment and learning tasks or to provide supports that may improve participation and completion of school work.Sensory Integration is a field that began with the study of children who had learning disabilities.

Additional information about the role of OT for children in schools can be found by visiting the American Occupational Therapy Association website ( or by downloading this PDF: Occupational Therapy In School Settings.

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