What is Occupational Therapy?
An occupational therapist is a health care provider that uses meaningful activities to reach functional outcomes that encourage health, prevent injury and improve, sustain or restore the greater possible level of independence. In the school setting, an occupational therapist looks at specific skill issues that can interfere with a child's educational performance. These skills include, but are not limited to hand function, oral motor function, visual motor and perceptual skills, sensory awareness and processing, self-care and pre-vocational skills. These areas may be addressed through various interventions strategies, which may include direct therapy with the child, consultation with the teacher or professional staff, modification of the environment, provision of adapted equipment and/or staff training.