As children grow and
play, they discover how to move their bodies, relate to their
environment and direct their attention for purposeful behavior. This
play is the foundation for later learning and behavior. Some children
develop these abilities through natural maturation and some children
need extra help.
therapists eliminate obstacles by learning to help the student develop
underlying skills that are requisites for academic learning and
vocational training. Registered Occupational Therapists and Certified
Occupational Therapy Assistants are vital members of the educational
an educational setting occupational therapists adapt equipment and
modify environments to increase independence in educational tasks for
the student to be successful in the classroom. Occupational therapy
intervention promotes increased gross and fine motor coordination and
sensory motor functioning. Occupational therapy also focuses on the
developing independence in activities of daily living such as feeding,
dressing and pre-vocational skills.
is available as a related service when the educational team determines
that it is necessary in order for the student to benefit from their
special educational program.
Contact your school occupational therapist if you have more specific questions about Occupational Therapy services.
The Occupational Therapist, Registered (OTR) …
is a health professional who has completed a four and one half to five year course at an accredited university, has successfully completed the National Certification Examination for OTRs, and is currently certified for practice by the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy. State certification is also required.
The Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA) …
is a health professional assistant who has completed a two-year technical training program, has successfully completed the National Certification Examination for COTAs, and is currently certified for practice by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. State certification is required as well.