Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

OT services in schools

A child’s occupational performance may be impaired by physical, developmental, sensory, attentional and/or learning challenges. Occupational therapy aims to improve the student’s performance of tasks and activities important to success at school. The occupational therapist is concerned with ensuring an understanding of, and matching, the student’s skills and abilities with expectations placed on him/her at school. 

Task adaptations and modifications or assistive devices (e.g. mechanical lift, writing aid) may be necessary to optimize the child’s performance at school. Direct intervention to improve, restore, maintain or prevent deterioration in the skills required for functioning in the school environment is often necessary; for example, therapy to develop the motor coordination, visual-motor coordination and/or visual perceptual skills supporting school performance. Read more... 

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