ERIC Number: ED318160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
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Meeting the Need for School-Based Occupational Therapists.
Bloom, Doris T.
A shortage of occupational therapists as well as fiscal constraints have made it difficult to meet the legal mandate under Public Law 94-142 (Education for All Handicapped Children Act) that occupational therapy be provided as a related service to handicapped children when needed to enable them to benefit from special education programs. A review of the literature suggests a variety of ways that goals of occupational and physical therapy can be met. Therapists need to maximize their input and more effectively deliver school-based services through fulfillment of five major roles: evaluation-screening, program planning, intervention programs, supervision, and consultation. Therapists need to prioritize these roles and collaborate with teachers and parents to focus attention on functional goals. The continuum of delivery systems for related services to individual children needs to be evaluated. Contains 29 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
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Audience: Practitioners; Administrators
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