Occupational and Physical Therapy

Occupational/Physical Therapy is provided in the school setting to assist the student in accessing educational services and to benefit from their educational program.  Therapists do not aim to cure, but to assist the student to function in the school setting.  Educational goals are developed to access core curriculum. Therapists share their knowledge and skills with school personnel regarding activities that are educationally appropriate and functional.

OT/PT Events


OT/PT Operational Network


A collaborative opportunity for school-based OTs, PTs and related providers.  All districts welcome!  One representative from each district/school is recommended to share ideas from the meeting.

With the changes in service delivery due to the pandemic, the SELPA is offering more frequent meetings to support the OTs and PTs in Ventura County. All meetings will be conducted virtually and on varied dates/times so that more people can attend.  Certificates of attendance will be available for registered participants who complete the meeting. Some meetings will be recorded for repeated viewing.  There is no cost for these workshops, however, online registration is required.

(Email Joanna at jdellagatta@vcoe.org if you would like to “share”.) 


Dates and topics for this year are:

Neurodivergence Monday, October 4, 2021 2:30PM - 4:00 PM

Discuss strengths-based approaches to autism and behavior.  Powerpoint

Handwriting vs. Using Technology Friday, December 10, 2021   2:30PM – 4:00PM (Virtual)

How do we determine when to recommend that a student use technology to replace printing when remediation has not been effective? 
Printing vs. writing, how to help our students become effective writers.

 OT/PT Function in the School Setting Tuesday, February 8, 2022   2:30PM 0 4:00 PM (Hybrid)

Review guidelines and resources that promote understanding of school-based OT.

Reducing or Dismissing from Serivces Friday, April 1, 2022   2:30PM – 4:00PM

Review national, state, and county guidelines and discuss best practices.    



The Steering Committee will meet again in November to develop topics for the second half of the year, based on input from OTs, PTs, addressing any needs that may arise due to changing conditions.  We will be using surveys to gather information about your needs prior to some meetings.  If you are interested in joining the steering committee, please email Sarah Fontenot.  We would like representation from all districts on this committee.