- Referral Form. Service is provided through team members working at Alberta Health Services (AHS) Children’s Allied Health.
- Additional resources:
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