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School based OT and IDEA
Perhaps a quarter to a third of OTs work in pediatrics and education with children.  The Board receives many questions in this area and this is a new section which will attempt to give answers to some typical questions.
 
Here are some Q and A to help guide your practice:
 
 
 

Questions and Answers on School Based OT and IDEA
"Occupational therapy" means the analysis and use of purposeful activity with individuals who are limited by physical injury or illness, developmental or learning disabilities, psycho-social dysfunctions or the aging process in order to maximize independence, prevent disability and maintain health. The practice of occupational therapy encompasses evaluation, treatment and consultation. Specific occupational therapy services includes but is not limited to: Activities of daily living (ADL); perceptual motor and sensory integrated activity; development of work and leisure skills; the design, fabrication or application of selected orthotics or prosthetic devices; the use of specifically designed crafts; guidance in the selection and use of adaptive equipment; exercises to enhance functional performance; prevocational evaluation and training; performing and interpreting manual muscle and range of motion test; and appraisal and adaptation of environments for people with mental and physical disabilities. The services are provided individually, in groups, or through social systems.” 
 
An "Occupational therapy assistant" means a person licensed to assist in the practice of occupational therapy under the supervision of an occupational therapist.”
 
In Oregon the only occupational therapy school is at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.  Their web site is at www.pacificu.edu/
 
There is a new Occupational Therapy Assistant school in Oregon.  See  the site for Linn-Benton Community College for this program. 
 
Oregon uses the examination results of NBCOT
 
Occupational therapists work in rehabilitation centers, hospitals, school, community programs and many others settings.  They help assess, adapt and use activities of daily living in order to help other live a more satisfying life