ERIC Number: ED311625
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Occupational Therapy Consulting through the Resource Room: Collaboration in Rural Education.
Donaldson, Rhonda Robles; Robertson-Goodrich, Mary
An approach to occupational therapy (OT) in a rural school is described which utilizes a combination of direct service, monitoring, and consultation. A collaborative style of OT consulting is used, which calls for the therapist to join the child study team when motor-related problems are identified. The approach provides continuous and uninterrupted services to meet individual student needs, by involving the family, special educators, and classroom teachers. It attempts to make the OT's knowledge and expertise available to help the regular classroom teachers with the problems of students with motor disabilities, as well as everyday problems which do not make students eligible for special education services, such as poor coordination, poor fine motor skills, and poor handwriting. On-going communication is the most important component of collaborative consulting; this communication takes place through the therapist's participation on the child study team, completion of assessments, establishment of goals and objectives, provision of direct treatment, supervision of indirect therapeutic services, and consultation. Examples of the method's successes are described. Also discussed are the historical framework of occupational therapy, practical aspects of identifying appropriate students, training staff, carrying out daily programs, and record-keeping. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the Council for Exceptional Children (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 3-7, 1989).