Occupational/Physical Therapy (OT/PT) as a Related Service


Definition

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy means services provided by a licensed occupational therapist or a licensed occupational therapy assistant pursuant to the provisions of Section 486.203, F.S., and includes improving, developing, or restoring functions impaired or lost through illness, injury, or deprivation; improving ability to perform tasks for independent functioning if functions are impaired or lost; and preventing, through early intervention, initial or further impairment or loss of function.

Related service provider is defined to mean the licensed occupational therapist that is responsible for the assessment and provision of school-based occupational therapy as a related service.

This definition is found in State Board of Education (SBE) Rules 6A-6.03411,F.A.C. and 6A-6.03024, F.A.C.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy means services provided by a qualified physical therapist in accordance with Chapter 486, F.S. 

Related service provider means the licensed physical therapist responsible for the assessment and provision of school-based physical therapy as a related service.

This definition is found in State Board of Education (SBE) Rules 6A-6.03411,F.A.C. and 6A-6.03024, F.A.C.

Contacts

State Laws and Regulations

The rules referenced below are specific to OT and PT. Please refer to Volume I-B: Florida Statutes and State Board of Education Rules, Excerpts Related to Exceptional Student Education (Hyperlinked Index) for a complete listing of laws and regulations applicable to exceptional student education.

Occupational Therapy

Physical Therapy

Department of Education Resources

Technical Assistance Papers (TAPs)

Publications

Projects

Online Modules for Professional Development

State Resources

National Resources