Feb 11, 2020
This is not fresh news, but did you know that the Florida law requires school districts to adopt
policies authorizing student absence from school for a therapy session for the
treatment of autism?
The therapy must be provided by a licensed health care practitioner or certified behavior analyst and includes applied behavioral analysis, speech therapy, and occupational therapy, and Therapies 4 Kids meet these requirements.
6A-1.09515 Excused Absences for Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(1) Release time during the school day to participate in therapy services for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder. Each school district shall adopt policies authorizing a parent to request and be granted permission for absence of a student to receive therapy services for treatment of autism spectrum disorder to implement Section 1003.21(2)(b)2., F.S. The school district’s rules shall include, but are not limited to, the following:
(a) Provisions establishing the procedures and time frames for parents to request excused absences for scheduled appointments for treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
(b) Provisions for establishing the school district’s requirements for verification of therapy provided by licensed health care practitioners or certified behavior analysts pursuant to Section 393.17, F.S., for the treatment of autism spectrum disorder.
(2) For purposes of this rule, a school district may accept documentation of excused absences from certified behavior analysts pursuant to Section 393.17, F.S.; speech-language pathologists licensed under Section 468.1185, F.S.; occupational therapists licensed under Part III of Chapter 468, F.S.; psychologists licensed under chapter 490, F.S.; clinical social workers licensed under Chapter 491, F.S.; or other health care practitioners as defined in Section 456.001(4), F.S.
Rulemaking Authority 1001.02(1), 1003.21(2)(b) FS. Law Implemented 1002.20, 1003.21(2)(b), 1003.24 FS. History–New 4-30-18.
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