• Occupational Therapy (OT) is a related service for students in the public school system who are eligible for an Exceptional Student Education (ESE) program. The provision of related services for students with disabilities is intended to facilitate participation in educational programs. Our Licensed Occupational Therapists, along with the Individual Educational Plan (IEP) team, determine the need for educationally relevant therapy based on individual student needs. Therapy in the educational environment is viewed as a continuum of services that encompasses a variety of service delivery models and intervention strategies. Occupational therapists provide intervention to eligible students whose specific difficulties in daily living skills, fine motor, visual motor, and sensory processing skills interfere with participation in school activities. 

    Occupational Therapists: 
    • Provide treatment to strengthen and develop fine motor functions.
    • Focus on treatment of the small muscles, primarily those of the face, upper trunk, arms, and hands.
    • Improve the student's ability to perform tasks necessary for independent functioning, such as eye-hand coordination, and manual dexterity.
    Occupational therapists are an important part of the collaborative team that supports students with disabilities to achieve success in school.

    District Contact
    Nichole Spencer, ESE Coordinator
    (239) 377-0513
    spencn1@collierschools.com