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Occupational Therapists

Occupational Therapists

School-based occupational therapy practitioners are occupational therapists (OTs) and occupational therapy assistants (OTAs) who use meaningful activities (occupations) to help children and youth participate in and access their educational environments. Occupational therapy addresses the physical, cognitive, psychosocial and sensory components of performance. In schools, occupational therapy practitioners focus on academics, play and leisure, social participation, self-care skills (ADLs or Activities of Daily Living), and transition/work skills.

Occupational therapists’ expertise includes activity and environmental analysis and modification with a goal of reducing the barriers to participation. Occupational therapy practitioners have knowledge and skills in:

  • Child Development
  • Learning
  • Physical Health
  • Mental Health

They offer a holistic approach to improving participation in meaningful activities, while supporting the needs of diverse learners for greater access, progress and participation in both curricular and extracurricular activities. OT Practitioners use evidence based interventions to support outcomes related to:

  • Classroom skills
  • Playground and sports participation
  • Self-help skills
  • Social participation/ Mobility
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Assistive technology needs
  • Sensory regulation
  • Prevocational and transition needs

Occupational therapy services for students with special needs are determined through the IEP process. School-based occupational therapy is available for students who are eligible for special education. Occupational therapists complete evaluations and assessments, and work with other members of the school-based team to help determine what is needed for a student to receive a free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment.

For additional information contact your campus occupational therapist.

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