Occupational and Physical Therapy
Purnima Bramhavar, Occupational Theraphy/Physical Therapy Department Chair
Occupational Therapy is provided to students with disabilities to assist them in benefiting from Special Education. Occupational Therapists (OTs) help students develop the underlying skills that are prerequisites for academic learning and vocational training. OT’s use purposeful activity to promote a child’s active participation and independence in the areas of self-maintenance, academics/vocational skills, and play or leisure activities within the school environment. OT’s look at a child's underlying skills and issues related to hand function, oral motor function, visual motor and visual perceptual skills, sensory awareness/processing, self-care and pre-vocational tasks in the educational setting.
Occupational Therapy Services include the implementation of a child’s special education program by collaborating with parents, teachers and other educational staff using direct and indirect services, as well as assistive technology and environmental modifications.
Intervention Strategies may include:
- Direct Therapy with the child in small groups or one-on-one
- Indirect or Consultation with Educational Staff and other disciplines
- Modifications of the environment
- Provisions of Adaptive Equipment
- Staff training and inservice
School personnel request Occupational Therapy support when the student’s educational participation is affected as a result of difficulty with the following functions:
- Daily living activities
- Feeding and Oral function
- Play skills
- Task organization and completion
- Written communication skills and hand function
- Sensory integration (processing)
The Purpose of Occupational Therapy is to help students:
- Develop Sensory Motor skills
- Perform daily living activities required for school functioning
- Develop independence with:
- School mobility
- Participation on a regular and timely basis
- Mental storage of material
- Using tools and supplies
- Participating in activities throughout the school settings.
For more information, you may contact the Pupil Personnel Services at 860-622-5112.
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