Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy (OT) for Ages 0-3
Children ages birth to three are provided services in the home, daycare, and community settings. OT focuses on students’ fine motor, functional, self help skills, and sensory processing abilities. Occupational Therapists in birth to 3 work not only with the child, but also with their family and caregivers. The OT provides resources and assist with coaching the family and caregivers with their child's daily routines in their home and community.
Occupational Therapy (OT) for Ages 3-21
Children/students ages three to 21 are usually provided services in a pre-school, school or work environment. School Based OT focuses on students’ fine motor, functional, and self help skills, and sensory processing abilities. Occupational Therapists also assist in adaptations or the modifying of educational tasks, environments or routines during their school day.
To receive OT in schools, students must first qualify for special education and then secondly demonstrate needs that impact their ability to function in their educational environment as determined by the educational team.
Scope of practice
Occupational therapy (OT) as an educational support service can be quite different from OT in a medical setting. School-based therapists focus on assisting students to acquire the functional abilities necessary to access educational materials and adapt to their educational environment. The focus is to build skills, adapt tasks, expectations, and environments in order to facilitate the student’s success within their educational setting.
At times, a student may require clinic or home health based interventions to satisfy their medical needs. School based OT services may not meet a student’s total therapy needs.
In addition to the time that Occupational Therapists spend working with your student, your student's teacher and families, a set of resources is also available to you using the menu bar on the left. The resources are organized first by age group and within those age groups, there are sections specific to the different areas that Occupational Therapists support.