Occupational therapy is a type of health care that helps to solve the problems that interfere with a person’s ability to do the things that are important to them – everyday things like:
Self-care - getting dressed, eating, toileting, moving around the house
Being productive - going to work or school, participating in the community
Leisure activities - sports, gardening, social activities
In a school setting, occupational therapy works to ensure that a student can participate in the full range of school activities including:
Self-care - dressing for gym and outside, toileting, eating snacks and lunches
Productivity - printing, drawing, colouring, cutting, listening and attending to teacher, completing tasks, taking notes, working in a group
Play and Leisure activities - playing games and sports
Accessing school environments - getting to and from class, using playground equipment, accessing and adapting to various work spaces
“The whole purpose of school-based occupational therapy is to help kids succeed at school”.
Occupational therapy services in the Yukon Schools
Department of Education’s Occupational Therapists are members of interdisciplinary educational teams, and provide a range of services (i.e., consultation, assessment, programming, training, community liaison, etc.) to support students within the educational setting. Occupational therapists (OT) work with students, teachers and, families to promote functional skills within the school environment. The occupational therapist observes the student, environment, and task, in order to determine the supports required to be successful. Occupational therapists provide consultation and when required, assessment in the following areas:
Fine motor skills
Visual-motor and visual-perceptual skills
Sensory processing skills and self-regulation
Self-care (dressing, feeding, personal care)
Seating and positioning
Environmental modifications (ramps, grab bars)
Life skills programming
multidisciplinary assessment for FASD diagnostic team
Occupational therapists aim to promote success for Yukon students through early intervention, advocacy and building capacity by providing:
Fine motor screening in kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms
Consultation at school-based team meetings
Collaboration regarding student's programming and learning plans
Modelling programming strategies
Professional development to school staff
Providing training on appropriate use of adaptive equipment and assistive technologies
Collaboration with other community agencies
Participation on various committees
Assistance with successful transition to/from schools (e.g. transition to adulthood)
The Inspired Treehouse : feature easy-to implement activities that are designed to promote all kinds of developmental skills for kids.
Social Thinking : provide practical frameworks, strategies, activities, and vocabulary to help people ages 4 years through adulthood improve social thinking and social competencies to better connect with others and live happier, more meaningful lives.
Cognitive Connections : resourceful website designed for supporting students' executive function skill development.