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 Occupational Therapy

OT Practitioners are instructional partners who are often required to help evaluation and support students with learning differences because they have specific skills and expertise in creating a fit between the student/learner and the school context.  As occupational therapists, our goal is to maximize a student’s ability to independently and successfully participate in the educational process through the use of targeted, therapeutic activities, adaptation of the student's environment, and/or training and consultation with staff and families.  These services are always provided by a qualified occupational therapist.

 

Occupational Therapy Services in the schools focus on a child's ability to participate in the following occupations: 

 

  • Personal Care
  • Student role
  • Learning academics
  • Play
  • Community Work
  • Graphic communication

Within those areas, occupational therapy can address the following with students:

  • Fine motor skills to manipulate tools needed for education
  • Visual motor skills utilized for handwriting, cutting, classroom activities
  • Visual perceptual skills that can affect organization of work including writing and math
  • Self-care skills as they occur in the educational environment
  • Sensory proccessing difficulties that impact learning
  • Assess and modify vocational tasks as needed

 OT Practitioners  also collaborate on the education team by working with people like:

  • Students to improve their performance in a variety of learning environments
  • Parents to help them support their children's learning and participation in school
  • Educators and other school support staff to plan and develop activities and environments that include all students
  • Teachers and assistants to support children's success and promote safety within the school environment
  • Administrators to provide training, recommmend equipment, and ways to modify existing building and curriculum to allow access for all

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