What is an Occupational Therapist?
An Occupational Therapist (OT) is a clinician who works with people of all ages that need specialized assistance to lead independent, functional, and satisfying lives due to physical, developmental, social, or emotional challenges.
In a school setting, Occupational Therapists work with children who are challenged when engaging in meaningful activities or “occupations” relevant to their everyday lives.
A child’s occupation often involves playing, learning and going to school. School-based Occupational Therapists work with students who may have challenges or a special need in the following areas that impede his/her ability to function, participate and be successful in the educational setting:
- Fine Motor Development
- Visual Motor Development
- Neurological Functioning
- Sensory Motor Processing
- Upper Extremity Strength
- Self-Help Skills
- Cognitive Skills
- Visual Perceptual Motor Skill