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Response to Intervention (RtI) UPDATED 6/30/13 Response to Intervention

Response to Intervention (RtI) is a general education initiative. It is a three-tiered approach, defined as "the practice of 1) providing high-quality instruction/intervention matched to student needs, and 2) using learning rate over time and level of performance to 3) make important educational decisions."  (National Association of State Directors of Special Education [NASDSE], 2005).  Instead of assuming the difficulty is with the student, RtI focuses first on the curriculum. It's goal is to reach struggling children BEFORE they fail, and to provide the level of intervention needed to be successful in the school setting.  Students are assessed several times a year to identify problematic areas in the effectiveness of the curriculum.  If most students are demonstrating difficulties, then curriculum modification is considered.  If only a few are not successful, then those students may receive altered or more intense instruction.  Changes are then again assessed.  If the student continues to demonstrate difficulty, then more focused and/or intense 1:1 instruction is given. 

Occupational Therapy practioners may be involved in any or all of the tiers of intervention.  OT involvement may take various forms, including, but not limited to, providing teacher/staff inservices, suggestions for modification of classroom, materials, and/or school environment, observing the student and providing strategies for use at classroom or home, or, if the need is determined, direct intervention.  (Click on the pages in the menu at the left for strategy handouts for fine/visual motor skills and sensory strategies). 

Disclaimer
The information presented in this web site is provided as a source for educational purposes only and should not be interpreted as a recommended program, or substitute for physician or therapist evaluation or treatment by a healthcare professional.



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Ms. Sue's OT Room
Lamarque Elementary School, Sarasota School District