Occupational therapists (OTs) consider a child’s occupation at school to be learning (academics & social). The ability to focus and learn and the subsequent academic success can be impacted by physical, developmental, sensory and visual perception challenges.
When a child is not reaching their full potential because of concerns with gross motor, fine motor, visual processing, ocular motor, sensory processing or self regulation skills, an OT will join the multi-disciplinary team to problem solve and program plan for that child.
- Provide individual assessment/ program planning support for students in Kindergarten to grade 3
- Individual and classroom-based consultations for all grade levels
- Provide staff and parents with professional development opportunities on a variety of topics such as fine and gross motor skill development, visual processing, sensory-motor processing, self regulation, supportive learning environments
- Facilitate classroom based programs for Kindergarten (Hands at Work and Play) and grade 4 (Alert Program) classrooms each fall
- Assist teachers in designing a learning environment and implementing classroom based strategies that benefit all children (the EnABLE project)
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapists believe that occupations (activities) describe who you are and how you feel about yourself. If you are unable to do the things you want, or need to do, to live and enjoy your life, your general well-being may be affected. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages and work with people in their natural environments – including schools.