Occupational/Physical Therapy Services

Occupational/Physical Therapy Service

The AIU offers occupational and physical therapy services to school districts. The primary goal of the related service is to ensure that students are able to access their educational curriculum and environment. Therapists promote access by helping students attain optimal occupational and/or physical performance in their student roles. This is done through therapeutic intervention as well as collaboration with the IEP team. The AIU’s licensed occupational and physical therapists work within the school setting, and services are related in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). These services are included in the student’s IEP to support the achievement of the IEP goals. The AIU also offers occupational and physical therapy screenings and consultation for regular education students in accordance with the Americans With Disabilities Act. Small and large group in-service presentations are also available to districts in the topic areas of transfers and mobility, fine motor techniques and sensory integration.

When referring a child for services, the Classroom Screening ChecklistClassroom Strategies and the Referral Form for OT/PT Therapy Services should be printed, completed and submitted to Holly McElhinny, Director of Occupational and Physical Therapy Services at holly.mcelhinny@aiu3.net or faxed to 412-394-4978.

Adapted Recreational Educational Consultant

The AIU offers the services of an Adapted Recreational Educational Consultant, who will assist in coordinating, overseeing and/or maintaining an adapted physical educational program. The consultant is responsible for developing and promoting a safe, fun and exciting recreational educational program for staff and students. The consultant will be able to answer health and fitness related questions in regard to exercise program within the recreational educational program. The consultant will work closely with physical education staff, paraprofessionals, physical and occupational therapists related to the goals of the student in the IEP. These services are included in the student’s IEP to support the achievement of the IEP goals. Referral will be made by the IEP team members upon consultation with OT/PT services.

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The AIU employs part-time and full-time therapists.

If you have any questions concerning services and/or cost, please feel free to contact Holly McElhinny, Director of Occupational and Physical Therapy Services, at 412-394-5503 or by email at holly.mcelhinny@aiu3.net.

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