PT and OT


Occupational and physical therapists collaborate with the educational team to address student needs. 
They work with a variety of people such as

  • students to improve their performance in a variety of learning environments (e.g., playgrounds, classrooms, lunchrooms, bathrooms) and optimize their performance with adaptations/accommodations;
  • parents to help them support their children's learning and participation in school;
  • educators and other school support staff to plan and develop activities and environments that include all students;
  • paraeducators to support child success and promote safety within the school environment (e.g., physical and behavioral assistance needs); and
  • administrators to provide training for students, staff, and parents, as well as to recommend equipment for schools and ways to modify existing buildings and curriculum to allow access for all.
child handwriting
Occupational Therapy
An occupational therapist addresses needs in the areas of fine motor development and sensory processing such as grasping, printing, coloring, cutting, and self care to enhance independence and function.

Helpful Resources
Downloadable Documents:
Activities to Facilitate the Development of the Upper Extremities - Click here
Handwriting Suggestions - Click here
If a Student Writes Too Lightly - Click here
Basic Sensory Diet Information for Parents - Click here
Fine Motor Ideas - Click here
Shoe Tying Tips - Click here
Activities that are Typically Alerting or Calming - Click here

Links:
Why Kids Should Work on a Vertical Surface - Click here
A Surprising Cause of Attention Problems in Kids - Click here
Assistive Technology for Kids who Struggle with Handwriting - Click here
10 Reasons to use a Visual Schedule - Click here
DIY Pencil Grip to Improve Handwriting (video) - Click here
Steps for Scissor Skill Development - Click here
Functional, Immature and Inefficient Grasp Patterns - Click here
How Ball Sitting (and other alternative seating) Can Improve Focus/Attention - Click here
Apps for Students with Special Needs - Click here 

children jumping rope
Physical Therapy
A physical therapist addresses needs in the area of gross motor development such as sitting, walking, running, jumping, climbing, and adaptive equipment to enhance independence and function.

Helpful Resources
Links:
Gross Motor Milestones (Birth - 5 years) - Click here
Is Toe Walking Something to be Concerned About? - Click here
Backpack Safety Tips - Click here
Core Strengthening for Kids - Click here
Alternatives to Taking Recess Away form Kids - Click here
Games and Activities to Get Kids Learning While Moving - Click here
Creative Indoor Recess Games - Click here
Importance of Good Sitting Posture for School - Click here
Movement Breaks to Help Kids Stay alert and Focused - Click here
What's Wrong with "W" Sitting? - Click here

The information contained on this site is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.
If you have further questions and would like to speak to us directly, please contact us by email. 

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Eileen Hohner, PT

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