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PHYSICAL & OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

Physical and Occupational Therapy are related services that are available to students with Individualized Education Programs (IEP) or Service Agreements who need physical therapy and/or occupational therapy to benefit from education.

Services available through the PT/OT Program:

  • Evaluation of students using appropriate tests, skilled professional observation, and supplementary information from agencies and records to determine the need for school-based physical therapy/occupational therapy services
  • Parent and teacher training and support
  • Individual therapy in schools by licensed therapists
  • Consultation with school personnel, parents, and physicians about disabilities, development, adaptations and assistive devices
  • Assistance with the development of IEP or Section 504 Plans, goals and objectives
  • Completion of ACCESS (medical assistance) forms

To refer a student for a Physical Therapy and/or Occupational Therapy evaluation:

  • Complete a Physical and Occupational Therapy Referral Form
  • Please make sure that the "permission to evaluate" section of the referral is signed by the parent and includes the child's physician information
  • If the parent has submitted a physician's prescription, enclose it with the referral

Mail: Dr. Kara Madara
    PT/OT Program
    Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8
    4500 Sixth Avenue
    Altoona, PA 16602

Fax: 814-949-0984 

Please note that if the outcome of a Physical/Occupational Therapy evaluation is a recommendation for services, a physician's prescription must be obtained before services can begin.


Physical and occupational therapy referral and parent permission form for public school age students.