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CAT Team Member Roles

Role of the Adapted Physical Education Teacher

The adapted physical education teacher is responsible for integration of the special education student into physical education activities.  The adapted physical education teacher provides important information to the CAT team regarding the student’s gross motor and social functioning in fitness, sports, leisure and recreation activities.

Role of the AT Liaison

The AT liaison works alongside individuals of the CAT team by researching technology advances, assisting with acquiring trial equipment, providing training and set-up for the equipment, providing technical support, and compiling data obtained for the team to review.

Role of the Occupational Therapist (OTR)

The occupational therapist provides to the CAT team information, consultation, training, and resources regarding the student’s fine motor, daily living, writing and keyboarding needs.

  • Evaluate fine motor skills in relation to AT devices, including range of motion, keyboarding and handwriting.
  • Assist in adapting/customizing AT equipment to facilitate fine motor abilities and increased response.

Role of the Physical Therapist (PT)

The physical therapist provides to the CAT team information, consultation, training, and resources regarding the student’s gross motor, travel and mobility needs.

  • Evaluate gross motor abilities related to access of AT devices including identifying existing physical conditions which impact a student’s performance such as range of motion, strength, and mobility.
  • Identify optimum positioning of student and equipment for optimal use of assistive technology.

Role of the Occupational Therapy/Physical Therapy Assistant (COTA) (PTA)

In collaboration with the OTR/PT, and CAT team, the COTA/PTA provides current student performance status information to the team, determines adaptations/strategies the student can use to access and utilize assistive technology in order to facilitate learning, implements/integrates assistive technology into the classroom, and provides information to the team as to what has been trialed.

Role of the Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)

The speech-language pathologist may assess a student for alternative means of communication through direct formal and informal assessment(s), observation(s), trials of equipment and consultation with teachers, therapists, other school staff and parents.  Based on this assessment, a recommendation for alternative means of communication will be made and discussed with the case conference committee. 
The speech-language pathologist may also be available for consultation to EACS staff, parents and students who use alternative means of communication prior to or after an assistive technology assessment has been completed.