Student Support Services
Andrew Johnson Building 564-1540
Occupational and Physical therapy services are included in the "related service" provided by IDEA. The intent for the provision of occupational and physical therapy is to ensure that an eligible child who requires these services in order to benefit from special education receives the needed services.
Referrals for occupational and/or physical therapy services are made through the IEP process. Evaluations and any related service recommendations are based on the individual student's IEP goals and objectives. Occupational and/or physical therapy services that are related to the student's educational goals are provided in the least restrictive environment. Often this is the classroom, lunchroom, playground, bus, or other "natural" environment that make up the school day.
Occupational and/or physical therapy services may include, but not limited to: staff training, teacher/staff consultation, team meetings, student contacts, and provision of adaptive equipment. The focus of Occupational therapy is generally fine and visual/perceptual motor, sensory motor, independence with self-help skills , organizational skills, handwriting and alternatives, and adaptive equipment needs within the school setting. The focus of Physical therapy is generally on functional mobility, positioining, and accessibility as well as provision and consultation related to the use of adaptive equipment and mobility devices within the school setting.
The Occupational and Physical Therapy Department of Knox County Schools, as a related service, provides students identified with special needs, professional individualized educationally-based evaluations and interventions. Through education, collaboration, and communication with all team members, we strive to: Foster the student's functional independence; Respectfully acknowledge and validate each student's unique strengths, needs and desires; and Practice professional excellence in a dynamic environment. As part of the educational team, our goal is to contribute to the student's positive transition into adult life.
The Occupational and Physical Therapy Department as a related service believes our role is to:
- Foster the student's potential for functional independence and learning so they may successfully transition into adulthood.
- Provide students identified with special needs with educationally based therapeutic interventions.
- Respectfully acknowledge and validate that each student has unique strengths, needs, and desires.
- Educate, collaborate, and communicate with all stakeholders (parents, students, teachers, administrators, support staff, community, etc.) regarding the student's unique needs from an Occupational and Physical therapy perspective.
- Maintain professional excellence in an ever-changing dynamic environment.
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