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.