My daughter will receive 10 hours a year of consultation from the Occupational Therapist (OT) this year. How should we write this in the IEP?
Often the IEP just says that OT will be provided through the consultative model. This is almost as vague as saying “as needed.”
Document the Details in the IEP
OT consultation as a related service, even for only 10 hours a year, should be documented in your child’s IEP as required by the U.S. Department of Education.
Use the U.S. DOE Model Form for required documentation of services on the IEP.
The IEP should include the frequency, duration, location, and projected dates for the service. 34 C.F.R. 300.320(a)(7)
Be specific. Don’t use ranges, use number of times per day/week/month/year, number of minutes/hrs, etc.
Be specific about who will provide the service. Make sure that the IEP specifies a registered OT and not an OT assistant (COTA). Do not use a broad term like “staff”.
Check Your State Regulations
You should also check your state regulations and district policy for the written definition of and requirements for consultation or consultative services. [Read more →]