Occupational therapists work with students and teachers to improve students’ ability to perform day-to-day tasks, such as reaching and grasping skills so they can better hold books and classroom materials. These are known as fine motor skills related to dexterity and coordination.
Occupational therapy services also help address the needs of children as related to self-help skills, adaptive behavior and play, and sensory and motor skills. These skills can include drawing, the use of scissors and hand-eye coordination.
DCPS occupational therapists also work with teachers to help implement these strategies in the classroom, such as seating students in the classroom where they can learn most effectively.