St. Johns County provides educationally relevant occupational and physical therapy as related services to eligible students who require these services to benefit from specially designed instruction. Occupational therapy includes improving, developing, or restoring functions impaired or lost through illness, injury, or deprivation; improving ability to perform tasks for independent functioning if functions are impaired or lost; and preventing, through early intervention, initial or further impairment or loss of function. Occupational therapists work mainly on fine motor skills, handwriting and scissor skills, visual motor skills and sensory processing skills. Physical therapy includes improving, developing, or restoring function of the large muscles of the body used for walking, running, sitting and other activities. Physical therapists often co-treat with occupational therapists and work on gross motor skills, visual motor skills , and sensory processing skills. If you believe that your child may need physical or occupational therapy, please contact his or her ESE teacher to request a screening.