TxSpot is THE SOURCE for those who want to know about providing school-based Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy in Texas. TxSpot provides credible, authoritative policy and practice information for supporting Texas school children who are in need of Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy services. Our Mission: Advance best practices for physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) service delivery in Texas schools by informing, educating, and modeling.
TxSpot provides current news and information features, multi-media professional educational products, and helpful professional resources, all in a user-friendly format. The invaluable interactive “Ask TxSpot” tool allows Texas therapists and others to ask questions about school practice and receive quick and authoritative answers. TxSpot illustrates the occupational therapy and physical therapy role in Texas public schools, identifies how state and federal legislation impacts practice, provides access to current research and best practices, and offers information on the meaningful contributions therapists can make in the interest of all learners.
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TxSpot has received many questions about direct services versus consultation services. First, it may be helpful to understand that neither the state of Texas nor the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) use the term, “consultation.” IDEA regulations state that a student’s IEP must contain a statement of “special education and related services and supplementary aids and services…to be provided to the child, on behalf of the child, and…(through) program modifications and supports” (IDEA Regulations, Part B, Section 300.230, italics added).
In 2016, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) published Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (AOTA 2016). It is part of a series of practice guidelines published by AOTA. This book covers the state of evidence on a multitude of interventions an occupational therapy practitioner might use and is a “must read” for those who interact with persons on the spectrum.
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