Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy’s distinct value is to improve health and quality of life through facilitating participation and engagement in “occupations”, which are the meaningful, necessary, and familiar activities of everyday life.

School-based Occupational Therapists support academic achievement and social participation by promoting occupation within all school routines, including recess, classroom, and cafeteria time.  In schools, Occupational Therapists focus on academics, play and leisure, social participation, and self-care skills (ADLs or Activities of Daily Living).  Occupational therapy’s expertise includes activity and environmental analysis and modification with a goal of reducing the barriers to participation.  This may include adapting the environment, modifying curriculum, supporting accommodations, ensuring access and participation in school activities and educational programs, and assisting in preparation for transition post-graduation. Services are designed to support progress. 

They help students fulfill their role as students and prepare them for college, career, and community integration. They utilize prevention, promotion, and intervention strategies for mental and physical health and well-being.

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