In a May 10, 2017, memorandum to Connecticut Special Education Directors, it was announced that the 2017 Guidelines for Occupational Therapy in Connecticut Schools is now available. Please review this memorandum which contains the Web link leading to this guidance document.
The Bureau of Special Education (BSE) and the Connecticut Occupational Therapy Association (ConnOTA) are resuming work on revisions to the Connecticut State Department of Education’s publication, Guidelines for Occupational Therapy in Educational Settings (1999).
The forthcoming work is based upon regional focus groups held in June 2014 to gather feedback and recommendations from the field and to re-engage the field in the work. A Strategic Committee composed of practitioners, administrators, and higher-education personnel will draft proposed revisions by July 2015 in collaboration with the BSE.
It is anticipated that revisions to the Guidelines document will reflect current school-based practices such as aligning services to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS); Universal Design for Learning (UDL); Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI); and school mental health.
Please see the following resources, for more information on the role of school-based occupational therapy practitioners and how they enhance positive student outcomes:
Please contact Jim Moriarty at 860-713-6946 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions regarding the Guidelines revision project.