Colorado Center for Pediatric Learning and Development

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Making a Referral

When to Make a Referral

There are many school-aged children who would benefit from short-term occupational therapy, physical therapy, or speech therapy services, but they do not qualify for school-based services. This type of child would benefit from an outside referral for an occupational therapy, physical therapy or speech therapy evaluation.

Should this situation arise in your classroom, you may want to talk to the child’s caregiver about the child’s needs. Explain that although their child does not qualify for school-based services, he would benefit from a comprehensive clinic-based evaluation by a therapist with extensive experience evaluating and treating children with sensory, motor or language difficulties. If the child’s caregiver is receptive to your recommendation, further explain that she needs to request the referral for the appropriate evaluation from their child’s pediatrician.

If you have further questions about making outside referrals, please contact us at 303-333-4982 or by email at