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Central Okanagan Public Schools
SD No. 23
Together We Learn
Physical & Occupational Therapy

​Who Qualifies for these services?

Students qualify for these services if they:

    • have significant physical or sensory-motor limitations that impact their activity and participation at school.  This is determined by the physical or occupational therapist in consultation with the school-based team.

Who provides the services?

Description of staff qualifications:

    • a Bachelor or Masters degree from a university Physiotherapy or Occupational Therapy program
    • registered with the College of Physical Therapists of BC and/or the College of Occupational Therapists of BC


How is the service provided?

Physical and Occupational Therapists may:

    • assess the impact of a student’s disability on school performance
    • work in collaboration with members of the school team to develop and implement the IEP
    • interpret medical information and the educational implications
    • train staff in the use of specialized equipment, back care and proper techniques for lifting and handling students
    • recommend specialized equipment, modifications. or adaptations to promote participation and the highest level of independence in school, home and community settings
    • work with teachers, support staff and parents to provide programs that enhance the fine and gross motor function of students with disabilities
    • facilitate referrals to appropriate community and medical services
    • recommend adaptations or modifications to optimize participation in physical education programs
    • assist with transitions into kindergarten, through middle and secondary school and to adult services