What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy was designed for helping people participate in and complete their daily "occupations" or activities independently. These daily activities vary by age and environment. The main occupations/activities for children are play and school.
What is the role of occupational therapy in the school setting?
School-based occupational therapists support students in accessing their education and completing learning tasks. This service can be provided through consultation with teaching staff, direct therapy, small groups, accommodations or modifications. Accommodations alter how information is presented/completed and modifications alter the information that is presented. Occupational therapy addresses fine motor skills, visual motor integration, visual perceptual skills, self-care skills, self-regulation, bilateral coordination, and executive functioning as needed within the school environment.
Who provides occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy services are provided by either a Licensed Occupational Therapist (OT) or a Licensed Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA). The OT typically evaluates the child, determines if services are recommended, writes goals and establishes a plan of care. The OTA then follow the goals and plan of care while providing services to a child. The OT and OTA work as a close team to monitor progress.
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