In the schools, the focus of the Occupational Therapist is on the child's ability to function in the educational environment.
School-based occupational therapy is designed to enhance the student's ability to fully access and be successful in the learning environment. This might include working on handwriting or fine motor skills so the child can complete written assignments, helping the child organize himself or herself in the environment (including work space in and around the desk), working with the teacher to modify the classroom and/or adapt learning materials to facilitate successful participation. Every day, children have or develop health conditions that significantly affect their ability to manage their daily lives. With the help of occupational therapy, many of these students can achieve or regain a higher level of independence. When some skill or strength cannot be developed or improved, the Occupational Therapist can offer creative solutions and alternatives for carrying out daily activities.
OTs provide direct and consultative services to address specific areas of need:
- Selected activities for improving oral-motor control
- Problems with handwriting, fine motor, and manipulation
- Difficulties following directions
- Signs of hypersensitivity to noise, touch, or changes/transitions
- Problems with buttoning, dressing, and tying
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and training to family members and caregivers
- Assistance in improving one's ability to perform daily activities
OTs work closely with teacher to promote the highest level of function possible for the student while they pursue their educational goals.
Occupational Therapy Resources
- School-Based Occupational Therapy
- Classroom Strategies for Sensory Based Behaviors
- Classroom Strategies for Improved Handwriting
- Occupational Therapy Referral Form
Occupational Therapy Websites