Occupational Therapy (OT): SENSORY PROCESSING OT WHEN MOVING FROM IFSP TO IEP

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Dana:  At 16 mo my son was assessed with sensory processing disorder and speech delay. He was given center based OT for SPD and home based speech therapy. The SPD OT was amazing and we saw major improvements in his ability to focus, his ability to finish tasks, his ability to transition improved dramatically as well as his physical coordination. We moved to No Cal where they do not offer center based OT and our home based therapist just plays some games with him. She has seen him 6 times and when I question her about deep muscle sensory or obstacle courses, she says she is still getting to know him. We are about to start the transition to IEP with the school district and I am told I will not be offered SPD OT – is that true? Can I ask for a physical assessment so that he might receive physical therapy to improve his coordination and get the sensory input he is so desperately seeking?

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Dana, You wrote, “I am told he will not be offered SPD OT – is this true?”
I don’t know if this is true but your child’s team should not be making decisions about the services they will provide before they get information and input from your child’s parents.

You asked, “Can I ask for a physical assessment so he can receive physical therapy to improve his coordination and get the sensory input he needs?’
Yes, absolutely. We recommend that you put your requests in writing so there is a clear written record of what you requested and the school’s response.

To see how to do this, read “How to Use a Parent IEP Attachment.” https://www.wrightslaw.com/advoc/tips/bonnell.iep.attach.htm
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“Prior Written Notice is a Powerful Tool” https://www.wrightslaw.com/info/pwn.refusal.martin.htm

Please keep us posted.