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ERIC Number: EJ962154
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: ISSN-0194-2638
The Role of Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists in Elementary School System Early Intervening Services and Response to Intervention: A Case Report
Reeder, Deborah L.; Arnold, Sandra H.; Jeffries, Lynn M.; McEwen, Irene R.
Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, v31 n1 p44-57 Feb 2011
The Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act and No Child Left Behind Act broadened the roles of occupational therapists (OTs) and physical therapists (PTs) to include therapist participation in early intervening services including response to intervention (RTI). This case report describes one school district's inclusion of OT and PT in the elementary school RTI program by identifying and implementing role responsibility and changing workloads for therapists. Therapist responsibilities included (a) administering a screening tool, (b) educating and supporting teachers and staff, (c) providing student resources and intervention strategies, and (d) referring students from RTI to special education and related services. Teachers responded positively using therapist-provided strategies and support. Limitations included an increased workload because of large numbers of students to screen and very few staff available for screening. Future research should include longitudinal studies that measure student responses to therapy intervention, teacher responses to collaboration, and the use of intervention strategies over time. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas