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Occupational Therapy In School Settings

Occupational Therapy In School Settings

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Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are part of the education team within a school district. The profession of occupational therapy is concerned with a person’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities or “occupations.” In the schools, occupational therapy practitioners use their unique expertise to help children to prepare
for and perform important learning and school-related activities and to fulfill their role as students.
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are part of the education team within a school district. The profession of occupational therapy is concerned with a person’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities or “occupations.” In the schools, occupational therapy practitioners use their unique expertise to help children to prepare
for and perform important learning and school-related activities and to fulfill their role as students.

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Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants
are parto the education team within a school district. The proession o occupationaltherapy is concerned with a person’s ability to participate in desired daily lie activities or “occupations.”In the schools, occupational therapy practitioners use their unique expertise to help children to prepareor and perorm important learning and school-related activities and to ulfll their role as students. Inthis setting, occupational therapists (and occupational therapy assistants, under the supervision o theoccupational therapist) support academic and non-academic outcomes, including social skills, math,reading and writing (i.e., literacy), behavior management, recess, participation in sports, sel-helpskills, prevocational/vocational participation, and more, or children and students with disabilities, 3to 21 years o age. Practitioners are particularly skilled in acilitating student access to curricular andextracurricular activities through supports, designing and planning, and other methods. Additionally,they play a critical role in training parents, other sta members, and caregivers regarding educatingstudents with diverse learning needs.
Occupational therapy practitioners
have specifc knowledge and expertise to appropriately addressstudent needs.Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants know how to
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observe a student engaging in an activity and provide strategies to acilitate the student’s ullparticipation;
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reduce barriers that limit student participation within the school environment;
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use assistive technology to support student success;
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support the needs o students with signifcant challenges, such as by helping to determinemethods or alternate assessment;
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help identiy long-term goals or appropriate post-school outcomes;
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help plan relevant instructional activities or ongoing implementation in the classroom; and
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assist students in preparing or successul transition into appropriate post–high schoolemployment, independent living, and/or urther education.
Occupational Therapy
In School Settings
www.aota.org4720 Montgomery Lane, PO Box 31220, Bethesda, MD 20842-1220Phone: 301-652-2682 TDD: 800-377-8555 Fax: 301-652-7711
Occupational therapy practitioners
collaborate with the education team to address student needs.They work with a variety o people such as
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students to improve their perormance in a variety o learning environments (e.g., playgrounds,classrooms, lunchrooms, bathrooms) and optimize their perormance withadaptations/accommodations;
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parents to help them support their children’s learning and participation in school;
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educators and other school support sta to plan and develop activities and environments thatinclude all students;
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paraeducators to support child success and promote saety within the school environment(e.g., physical and behavioral assistance needs); and
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administrators to provide training or students, sta, and parents, as well as to recommendequipment or schools and ways to modiy existing buildings and curriculum to allow accessor all.

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