• Occupational Therapy can support students in the following areas:
     
    Fine Motor Skills- use of the small muscles of the body, especially the hands, for activities such as writing, cutting, coloring, typing, etc.
     
    Coordination- using arm, leg and trunk muscles together in an effective way to complete a variety of activities in school.
     
    Visual Motor/Visual Perceptual Skills- the ability to copy drawings, shapes and numbers from a model,  and to identify matching shapes. These skills are important for the development of writing, drawing, coloring and math skills that involve shapes.
     
    Sensory Processing- our ability to make sense of our sensory experiences. The ability to process, organize and use sensory information (sound, movement, body position, vision, touch and taste) is important to complete all activities. Children who have difficulties in these areas may find many school tasks challenging.
     
    Self-Regulation Skills: Self-regulation is our ability to stay alert and focused when engaged in an activity. Self-regulation includes the ability to slow down our bodies to rest and sleep, as well as to respond appropriately to fast paced situations. OT's can assist school teams to teach students/staff strategies to support optimal self-regulation skills during the school day.
     
    Self Care- a student's ability to complete dressing, eating and bathroom related activities independently.
     
    Vocational Skills- OT's can assist the school team to develop pre-vocational skills and modify potential job tasks to increase a student's success.