What is an orthopedic impairment? • An orthopedic impairment refers to a severe impairment that adversely affects the child’s educational performance to the degree that they can not be educated in the regular environment without special services. This can refer to neuromotor impairments, degenerative diseases, musculoskeletal disorders, or a skeletal deformity; additional disabilities may be present such as VI, HI, and SI. Qualifying for orthopedically impaired services. Students who have a medical diagnosis from a doctor as well as perform in the mildly intellectual range or above mildly intellectually disability range that need modifications and adaptations in the regular education classroom can qualify for OI services. Services provided by the teacher of orthopedically impaired. The OI teacher specializes in meeting the unique needs of students with physical health disabilities. Some services include expertise in: adapting instruction and instructional material to accommodate students’ limitations in physical movement; knowing the educational implications of physical impairments; training in physical health care procedures; selecting and implementing assistive devices; promoting communication through the use of augmentative and alternative communication; using feeding, positioning, and handling techniques; and teaching academic and non academic skills.
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