• Occupational Therapy

  • Occupational therapy is a "..supportive service required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education..." Students who receive occupational therapy services in the school setting have been determined to need occupational therapy in order to benefit educationally.

    Occupational therapy combines the art and science of providing and directing activities that serve to restore and enhance performance of skills needed for functional daily living. The occupational therapist uses a variety of activities and adaptions in the areas of self-care, work and play to increase functional independence, enhance development, and prevent disability. The task or the environment may be adapted to promote maximum independence and improve quality of life.

    One of a child’s roles is to be successful both academically and socially in school. Some children require a modified curriculum and/or additional assistance to achieve mastery in these areas. Through the use of adaptation, teaching, therapeutic intervention and play, an occupational therapist may support a child in reaching curriculum goals.

  • If a child is receiving private or clinical occupational therapy, will he/she automatically receive occupational therapy in the school setting?

  • What are some examples of areas occupational therapists may address in the school setting?

  • How does the occupational therapist fit into the inter-disciplinary team?

  • Student playing with play dough