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Occupational Therapy

Skills for the job of living!

Each of us have many occupations that are essential to our health and well-being.  A child, for example, might have occupations as a student, a playmate, and a helper at home.  Occupational therapists help children engage in everyday living, including play, self help skills and participation in family and school routines.

Occupational therapy for school-aged children/youth is designed to assist children/youth that have challenges with:

  • Fine motor tasks (writing, coloring, keyboarding, computer use)
  • Sensory concerns such as bright lights, textures, or loud noises
  • Full active participation in the classroom routines (circle time, following a schedule)
  • Their independence in eating toileting and dressing
  • Ability to access classroom technology

Occupational therapists work with children in a variety of ways:

  • Combine goals within existing classroom routines and academic programming
  • Individual work on specific goals
  • Modifications and adaptations to activities and environment within the school
  • In-class programming to share activities with the whole class
  • Work in collaboration with all other team members

Some examples of when you might make a referral to see an Occupational Therapist include:

  • If the child seems to have difficulty with fine motor skills such as pencil grasp, printing or developing a dominant hand, writing his/her name or other written work
  • If a child has significant challenges with loud noises or bright lights that impact his/her ability to learn at school
  • Is slower than his peers to be independent in completing routine tasks such as eating, drinking, toileting or dressing
  • If the child has challenges accessing or using classroom technology the same way as his peers
  • If the child/youth has difficulty changing from one activity to another