SCHOOL VISIT OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

​​ What DOES AN OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SCHOOL VISIT lookS like?

  • A school visit may be beneficial in determining how your child is functioning in school. The learning environment will have a significant impact on how your child functions at school and will have a large effect on your child’s ability to learn. By assessing your child in their school environment, the OT can offer recommendations to improve their environment and increase their ability to learn and enjoy their time at school. The aim of all OT sessions is to improve function and facilitate engagement and participation. During a school visit, the OT will assess:

    • Seating position

    • Handwriting

    • Distractions in the room

    • Visual disturbances

    • Playground safety

    • Postural assessment

After the School Visit: 

  • The OT will be able to work with the teacher, faculty, and the student to provide accommodations that allow the child to thrive in their school environment. Some examples of recommendations include: 

    • Pencil grips

    • Handwriting

    • Adaptive seating 

    • Education and advice on how conditions impact learning to optimize the environment (e.g. temperature, noise level, time of day that meals are eaten, type of food the child has for meals and snacks, light level in classroom, etc.)

    • Additional time for assignments

 ISSUES THAT MAY REQUIRE A SCHOOL VISIT: 

  • Prior to scheduling a school visit with an occupational therapist, it is common for teachers and/or parents to notice the child experiencing difficulty in various areas including:

    • Poor handwriting

    • Easily distracted

    • Struggles to concentrate 

    • Poor posture

    • Struggles to read things on the board from afar 

    • Doesn’t complete assignments

    • Forgets homework

    • Hygiene & grooming issues

    • Negative interaction with peers

    • Lack of peer interaction

  • The goal of an occupational therapist assessing the child’s school environment is to determine how the child’s issues (i.e. Problem areas, areas of challenge) are impacting their ability to function while at school. The term ‘functioning’ at school may include your child’s ability to listen, concentrate, complete assignments, participate socially, write, draw, follow rules, perform fine motor tasks, engage in gross motor activities, etc. 

BENEFITS OF A SCHOOL VISIT:

  • There are many benefits of having an OT assess your child within their school environment. The OT will be able to provide recommendations to your child’s school faculty and teachers which will allow your child to thrive. Some examples include: 

    • Enhance learning

    • Create an individualized learning environment

    • Provide advice and understanding on how conditions impact upon learning to ensure the child is given the supports they need

    • Equipment, learning aids, and environmental modifications

    • Improve concentration & attention

    • Improve fine and gross motor skills

    • Facilitate child in having positive social interactions with their peers, teachers, and faculty 

    • Teach your child skills in emotional regulation

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