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Functional Matrix

Functional Area Services Provided Relationship to Education
Self Help Mobility and transfer skills, feeding, adaptive equipment, wheelchairs, splints, braces, artificial limbs, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy To permit the student to manage personal needs in the classroom and school with minimum of assistance.
Sensory Processing Equilibrium and protective reactions, muscle tone, integration of touch, visual auditory, proprioceptive , and kinesthetic input, motor planning, coordination of the two sides of the body, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy To facilitate the studentís ability to process and respond to sensory and motor information as a foundation for developing gross and fine motor skills and for organizing attention and behavior. To help bridge the gap between underlying sensory processing abilities and developing higher level language and learning skills.
Adaptive Equipment Evaluate, recommend and construct positioning devices, modify existing devices, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy To provide the student with a stable postural base to allow him to focus attention on educational tasks.
Adaptive Equipment Provide devices to facilitate fine motor tasks, e.g., improve pencil grip, Occupational Therapy Provide the student with alternative means to accomplish functional activities such as writing, turning the pages and manipulating learning materials.
Fine Motor Evaluate and improve fine motor functions such as reach, grasp, object manipulation and dexterity, Occupational Therapy To facilitate the studentís ability to manipulate classroom objects and tools such as writing implements, puzzles and art to materials. To enhance participation in manual classes such as shop and home economics.
Functional Mobility Equilibrium and balance reactions, transfer skills, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Gait and pre-gait evaluation and training with or without ambulation aids, Physical Therapy. To permit the student the greatest freedom of movement within the educational setting.
Environmental Adaptations Recommend modification of schoolís or studentís equipment, removal of architectural barriers, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy To permit the student access to and mobility within the educational setting.
Positioning Positioning with adaptive devices, handling methods, range of motion, skin-care, splints and braces, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy To maintain the student in the best position for learning and functional use of hands.
Neuromuscular and Musculoskeletal Systems Muscle strength, endurance, range of motion, gross and fine motor coordination, motor planning, oral-motor control, control of muscle tone and integration of developmentally appropriate reflexes and reactions as the basis for more normal movement, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy.

Adaptive equipment to improve eye-hand control, Occupational Therapy

Musculoskeletal deformities and deviations, Physical Therapy.

To enable the student to participate maximally in school activities, and remain in school a full school day. To increase speed, accuracy and strength in manipulative skills in pre-academic and academic tasks.
Communication Evaluate and recommend appropriate positioning of student, adaptive equipment and communication devices necessary for functional communication (in coordination with speech therapists), Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy To enable the student to communicate ideas and answers to classroom teacher and interact with parents and family.
Prevocational and Vocational Skill General strength, sitting and standing balance and tolerance, motor coordination, adaptive equipment, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy.

Vocational interest and aptitude assessment and recommendations for placement, pre-vocational training, social-emotional readiness, adaptive homemaking, Occupational Therapy.

To prepare the student for the most independent life possible, including vocational placement when appropriate (supportive to educational and vocational programs).
Physiological Function Cardiorespiratory function and fitness, muscular strengthening, Physical Therapy

Body Mechanics and energy conservation techniques, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy.

To strengthen muscular, respiratory, and cardiovascular systems to increase endurance to remain in school for a full day.



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