School Based Services

The school based services provides both Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physical Therapy (PT) for eligible students attending Frederick County Public Schools. Both OT and PT are related services that are under the Individuals with Disabilities Act. Related services are provided to help a child with an educational disability benefit from his/her special education program in the least restrictive learning environment.

OTs and PTs address performance skills where a child's disability impacts or compromises the ability to access, participate, and/or make progress in his/her natural learning environment and in the general education environment.


School based services should not be confused with medically based services. A medical diagnosis or motor delay confirmed by evaluation results does not automatically indicate a need for school based OT or PT services.

There must also be an adverse impact on the student's performance or access to his/her education. School based OT and PT services are provided only when identified problem areas are directly related to educational performance that requires the unique expertise of the OT or PT to meet the child's goals and objectives.

OT / PT Information

For more information on OT/PT early intervention and school based services in Maryland, prepared in collaboration with the Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Special Education/Early Intervention Services visit the websites below.

Additional Information