Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy are related services in special education. A child must have a doctor's referral or prescription in order to be evaluated, and must then be found to have deficits in fine motor skills or gross motor skills in order to receive therapy.
We have Occupational Therapists and a Physical Therapist on staff. They include Jay Guthrie, Libby Gibson, and Barron South. The district also employs a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant, Natasha Nelson. These therapists serve the entire district.
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Hearing services are provided district-wide to students with a hearing loss.
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Fayetteville Schools has one Visual Impairment Teacher/Consultant, Debbie Darrough. She provides services to special education and 504 students.
Speech/Language Therapy services are provided during the school day for qualifying students. To qualify, students must be evaluated and identified accordingly. These students will have an Individualized Education Plan developed by an evaluation team that includes parental input. Parents are part of the team. Goals are written and progress is tracked and monitored regularly.
Speech therapy ranges from serving articulation difficulties (sound pronunciation) to language disabilities as well as pragmatics (social language) for those who qualify. There is at least one speech therapist per school building. Therapy times range in minutes according to need and committee decision. There is no cost to the parent. The district does bill Medicaid for billable services. In Arkansas, speech therapy is considered to be part of the special education services.