WHAT SKILLS ARE ADRESSED BY OT? WHO CAN YOU CONTACT?
Please feel free to contact the
Occupational Therapist in your school
with further discussion and/or OT
Functional fine motor skills or the
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
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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,
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.
and learning while at play and school. Therapy is provided one on
one with the student or in a
May involve “pull-out” from
the classroom or occur within
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,
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
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
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.