Occupational Therapy (OT): OT REFUSING TO COMMUNICATE THERAPY SESSION DETAILS

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Phillip:  Issue about documentation and the right of a parent to know what their child is receiving in OT, a child who can not talk. The only communication we have gotten in her OT notebook is that she has had OT and has done well today. No details. We wrote a note to the OT in the notebook. The city school system was upset that we charted our daughters progress and created graphs to prove our daughter needed speech over the summer using the information in the all the notebooks and soap notes.

We would like some amount of detail other than “she had OT”, they refused to go to mediation last year after we requested it. This year, OT told (teacher confirms this) to give us no details and that we have to wait until reporting periods to receive any info about their sessions.

Over the summer when my wife asked for all our daughters records, and school told her that my daughter “does not need speech over the summer.”

We have advocated for our daughter in this district and have only been treated with lies, misinformation on our rights and rude replies to our worries and concern for our autistic daughter.

Admin is now going out of the way to continue to harass my wife and I, for just asking questions and requesting information. If you could please give me any advise or direction with this issue. We are only emailing admin to document everything. If you could help us in anyway I would greatly appreciate it.

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Chuck

The state agency that licenses OTs should have a rule that they are to keep session notes. These are covered by the federal FERPA law, that says you are to have access to all records on your child. If the district will not respond to your written request for these “notes”, you can contact the state OT agency & make a complaint about the OT. You can also make a complaint against the school to the state education agency. Your state parent training & information center can assist you. http://www.parentcenterhub.org/find-your-center