Occupational Therapists work with students and teachers to improve student’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks, such as reaching and grasping skills so they can better hold books and classroom materials. In addition, Occupational therapists address performance skills (motor, process, communication/interaction), performance patterns (habits, routines and roles), performance contexts (i.e. cultural, physical and social), activity demands and student factors (body functions and structures). They work with teachers to implement strategies in the classroom and engage students in activities that effectively enhance mobility, dexterity and coordination.
Occupational Therapy services include improving, developing or restoring functions impaired or lost through illness, injury or deprivation. The skills can include tasks like drawing, use of scissors and hand-eye coordination. These services address needs of children as related to self-help skills, adaptive behavior and play, sensory and motor skills, with a primary focus on improving ability to perform tasks for independent functioning.