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Karen S. Browning, MEd, OTC

School of Health Professions, University of Missouri-Columbia

Special Needs Child

Karen S. Browning, MEd, OTC


This case is appropriate for early intervention professionals who with the parents and a representative of the local education authority (LEA) make up the educational placement team for the special needs child. These professionals include: physical therapists, physicians, psychologists, occupational therapists, nutritionists, nurses, speech and language pathologists, social workers, special educators and audiologists.


  • Explain the transdisciplinary treatment approach when providing services to children with disabilities.
  • Discuss past, current, and proposed practices and legislation for educating children with disabilities.
  • Describe the Individual Education Plan (IEP)
  • Differentiate between the medical and educational models when providing services to children with disabilities.

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