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Mrs. Jamerson

Email: 
bjamerson@amherst.k12.va.us
Phone: 
434-528-6499 ext: 22236

 

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What is Occupational Therapy (OT)?
Occupational Therapy is a health service that is concerned with an individual’s ability to participate in desired purposeful activity or “occupations”, which give one’s life meaning. If a person’s ability to perform these daily life tasks, which includes caring for one’s self or others, working, going to school, playing, learning and living independently is impacted by an illness, disease and/or disability, occupational therapy can be important.

Occupational therapists (OTs) in schools:

OT's in schools help children accomplish their “job” of being a student. This includes helping students improve their skills and complete tasks involving, but not limited to:

  • fine motor/hand use
  • bilateral and bimanual skills (using two hands together)
  • trunk control, strength and endurance (as related to posture, such as when sitting at a desk)
  • motor planning and sequencing
  • handwriting issues
  • ergonomics
  • assistance in generalizing skills to various school settings
  • adaptations to promote improvements in visual abilities for safety and independence
  • adaptive coping strategies
  • energy conservation techniques
  • interacting with peers and/or teachers (establishing social relationships)
  • eye-hand coordination for classroom, physical education and playground activities
  • managing behaviors in socially appropriate ways
  • assistive technology
  • sensory processing (as related to learning and behavior)                    

Occupational Therapy Services in the School/Educational Setting:

The Occupational Therapist is responsible for:

  • assessment, planning and goal development
  • for providing appropriate accommodations or interventions designed to enhance the student’s potential for learning
  • to assist the student in acquiring those functional performance skills needed to participate in and benefit from the educational environment
  • to help the student function independently

Responsibilities of an Occupational Therapist:

Screening:

  • allows the Occupational Therapist to identify those students who need further evaluation
  • should be appropriate to the chronological, educational and/or functional level of the student

Assessment:

  • evaluates the student’s educationally related needs toward identifying and creating goals and accommodations or interventions that may also be included in the student’s IEP
  • areas of evaluation may include: gross motor skills;fine motor skills; sensorimotor skills and performance;visual-motor and perceptual skill performance; independent physical daily living skills; environmental/ therapeutic adaptions; adaptive behavioural responses

Consultation:

  • in some cases, consultation to follow-up on designed programs that will be carried out by the educational team is required
  • the Occupational Therapist will review the existing program and interventions, help design or change further these interventions and/or accommodations in conjunction with input from the educational team

 

 

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