Occupational & Physical Therapy
School-based occupational and physical therapy is designed to assist students access the academic and school environment and participate to the maximum extent possible in educationally related activities. Participation in the least restrictive environment includes, where appropriate, movement towards independence and integration with peers to the maximum extent possible.
Occupational therapy assists students to develop, improve and/or maintain functional independence in the least restrictive educational setting. DMPS occupational therapy staff provide problem solving, direct service and consultative services depending upon individual students’ needs.
Physical therapy services in the educational setting are provided to address student concerns in the motor and adaptive behavior domains, including gross motor, mobility, positioning and play/leisure skills. Physical therapists design interventions that improve a student’s physical ability to access and participate in their educational program.