Kari Pawlowski, Occupational Therapist, District 64 Schools
I have been an Occupational Therapist since 1995 and have been working within the District 64 schools since 2007. Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy services are offered at all of the schools in District 64. These services are directed, most often, towards students with physical disabilities, developmental delays, visual or hearing impairments, neurological impairments or learning disabilities. School therapists evaluate, assess and develop accommodations to address the functional abilities of students within the classroom, hallways or specials areas. Therapists work with teachers to help students acquire functional abilities necessary to access their educational materials and to move about the school in a safe manner. Therapists may also work with students to modify or adapt their classroom materials/ equipment so as to attain their greatest level of independence at school. Everything school therapists do within the school setting must be educationally relevant. All students who receive direct services for Physical or Occupational Therapy with District 64 must have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). For those students that do not have an IEP, Occupational or Physical Therapy are able to offer more generalized suggestions to help a child function to the best of his ability, on a Response to Intervention model. I am delighted to be a part of your child's team and welcome any parent thoughts or suggestions. We are, above all, a team.
Please see the OT/PT website for Monthly tips, current research related to therapies and suggestions for how to help your child progress with his skills, as related to their therapy services.
You can email me with any questions: at this LINK