What is Occupational Therapy?
What is OT in the School Settings?
Occupational therapists are part of the education team within a school district. OT is concerned with one’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities or “occupations.” In the schools, OTs help children to prepare for and perform important learning and school-related activities and to fulfill their role as students. OT supports both academic and non-academic outcomes, including social skills, math, reading and writing (literacy), behavior management, sensory processing skills, motor skills, self-help skills, and functional life skills. OTs help facilitate access to both curricular and extracurricular activities through supports, designing and planning. Additionally, OTs provide consultation to teachers and other staff members to assist with strategies for the classroom for educating students with diverse learning needs.