WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY by 0N5A9q

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									WHAT SKILLS ARE ADRESSED BY OT?         WHO CAN YOU CONTACT?

                                        Please feel free to contact the
                                        Occupational Therapist in your school
                                                                                       APRIL IS
                                        with further discussion and/or                     OT
                                        questions.
 Functional fine motor skills or the
                                                                                         MONTH
  ability to use the hands and          OT’s name
  fingers to perform small motor        OT’s email or contact info
  tasks needed in the classroom                                                  Occupational Therapy
  setting. This may include
  manipulating writing utensils,
  toys, using two hands in a
  coordinated manner to string
  beads, cutting a piece of
  paper, or manipulating clothing
  fasteners.                                       Check out these sites…
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 Desk posture
                                              www.braingym.org
                                              www.peschooleducation.com
 Sensory processing skills that              www.atozteacherstuff.com
  allow a child to attend and                 www.handwritinghelpforkids.com
  participate fully in classroom
  activities.

 Environmental adaptations or
  adaptive equipment to enable
  a student to be independent in
  the school setting.                                                              ITS ROLE IN THE
 Self-care skills such as eating,
                                                                                  Educational SettinG
  dressing, toileting.
                                                                                 WHAT IS OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY?
Pediatric/Educational Occupational          The goal of educational-based                                        HOW ARE OT SERVICES
Therapy (OT) focuses on the primary         therapy services is to help a child                                    PROVIDED IN THE
activities of children in their everyday    benefit from his/her educational                                      SCHOOL SETTING?
lives, such as eating, dressing, hygiene,   program.
                                                                                                       DIRECT
and learning while at play and school.                                                                       Therapy is provided one on
                                                                                                              one with the student or in a
                                                                                                              group setting.
                                                                                                             May involve “pull-out” from
                                                                                                              the classroom or occur within
                                                                                                              the classroom.
                                            Checking several of the concerns                           INTEGRATIVE
                                            listed below may indicated need for                              May not require student to be “pulled
                                            an occupational therapy evaluation                                out” of the classroom.
    WHY SHOULD I CONSIDER OT FOR
                                                                                                             Provides the student’s teachers with
           MY STUDENTS?                     in the school setting:
                                                                                                              strategies and adaptations
                                                  Poor desk posture (slumps, head too close to              Can also provide various forms of
                                                   work, other hand does not assist).
   Occupational Therapy services are                                                                          “hands-on” in class group activities.
                                                  Difficulty or avoidance of drawing, coloring,             Less restrictive than the DIRECT model
   provided as a RELATED SERVICE                   copying, cutting.
   under Part B of the Individual with            Poor/awkward pencil grasp.                          CONSULT
   Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) to           Writing is light or too dark, breaks pencil often          Instruction on student-specific
   enable students to access and                   while writing.                                              therapeutic activities,
   participate fully in their educational         Fatigues quickly during writing tasks.                     materials, and/or adaptations
                                                                                                              is provided by the OT to
   program. This means that OT’s                  Difficulty with putting coat on/off, buttoning,
                                                                                                              school staff.
                                                   tying, zippers.
   support the child’s educational                                                                            Therapists, teacher, and
                                                  Pulls away from light touch, has trouble keeping
   team, including special educators,              hands to self, or learns through touching things.          parents collaborate and
   through working directly with the              Poor balance in class or outside during play at
                                                                                                              discuss the child’s needs
   child or through consulting to                  recess.                                                    based on the educational
                                                                                                              setting.
   teachers. Therapy in school does               Appears to be in constant need of motion,
                                                   cannot sit still, and has difficulty remaining on
   not necessarily focus on the child’s            task to complete school assignments.
   underlying medical problem.                    Reverses words or letters (after first grade),
                                                   inconsistent letter sizing, or can not write on a
                                                   line.
                                                   Difficulty copying from board or keeping place
                                               
                                                   while reading and/or writing.
                                                                                                       Each child is unique and different
      WHO SHOULD BE REFERRED?                                                                          and the type of service provided is
                                                                                                       based on the individual needs.

								
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