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Staff and Services

Staff Serving Contact #
Evelyn Henderson  
Coordinator
Jackson/Josephine/Klamath (541) 776-8550  
Michael Friedl / PT Jackson/Josephine County
SOESD - Phoenix Office
(541) 245-4599
Com - 3108
Annette Willrett / OT Klamath County & Klamath City  
SOESD - Klamath Office
(541) 850-1138
Com - 2118
Rebecca Bieri / OT Jackson County
SOESD - Phoenix Office
(541) 245-5187
Com - 3106
Caroline Dart / OT Josephine County
SOESD - Grants Pass Office
(541) 479-5135
Meghan Jones / OT Jackson County
SOESD - Phoenix Office
(541) 245-4631
Com. - 3157
Susan Reynolds / OT Howard Elementary (541) 842-3038
Mari Jo Griffith / PT Klamath County & Klamath City
SOESD - Klamath Office
(541) 850-1138
Com - 2119
Rich Jones / PT Josephine County
SOESD - Grants Pass Office
(541) 479-5135
Ana Mannenbach / PT Jackson County
SOESD - Phoenix Office
(541) 245-5188
Com - 3109
 
Kathy Payne
Administrative Assistant 
Jackson/Josephine/Klamath
SOESD - Phoenix Office
(541) 776-8550
Com - 3137

Southern Oregon ESD Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapists hold a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in their respective fields. Some staff have gone on to earn a specialist credential in pediatrics. Physical therapy (PT) focuses on postural and gross motor functioning such as head control, sitting, and standing balance. Occupational therapy (OT) focuses on fine motor functioning such as acquiring and manipulating objects or tools to work or play in their school environment. Other areas covered in both PT and OT are activities of daily living (safe feeding, hygiene, and toileting), sensory motor skills, assistance with adaptive PE, reasonable and safe access to school environments, and assistive technology.

Often a PT and OT will work closely together to provide a comprehensive and supportive program either through direct service with the student or consultation for staff. Direct services include therapeutic intervention in educational settings with training and technical assistance provided to educational staff, students, and parents. Consultation involves review and evaluation of the student’s program, equipment recommendations, and inservice training.

In addition to the Regionally funded service, at district request and as supported by local contracts, direct and consultative PT and OT services are also provided to less severe students that the district or early childhood provider has determined would benefit from this related service.

Services Provided by Physical Therapists in School Evironments
Therapeutic intervention as applied in the school is typically divided into these functional areas:

  • Communication
  • Self help
  • Sensory processing
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Fine motor
  • Functional mobility
  • Environmental adaptations
  • Positioning
  • Neuromuscular and musculoskeletal systems
  • Prevocational and Vocational skill
  • Physiological Functioning

Often the student will receive intervention services in more than one functional area simultaneously. For example, a student who is learning to become independent in toileting may receive services in the following areas:

Communication – To signal when s/he has to leave the room to go to the bathroom.

Functional Mobility – To ambulate from the classroom to the bathroom and back. To transfer from a walker to the toilet and back.

Environmental Adaptations – To use grab bars, an adapted bathroom stall and adapted faucet.

Self Help – To clean self, unfasten and fasten clothing and to wash and dry hands.

School based PT/OT interventions are always related to the educational needs of the student. Consequently, depending on the educational needs of the student, a variety of PT/OT interventions are provided across functional areas.

A matrix of functional areas, intervention services and educational relevance is provided.




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