At the Welcoming School, Occupational (COTAs) and or Physical therapy are parts of a team which works to support and encourage students in their ability to participate in all aspects of school life.
The role of the child as a student encompasses many areas:
• management of physical space through body awareness and coordination
• use of tools such as pencils, scissors, zippers, protractors, and locks on lockers
• self-regulation through the use of sensory strategies in the classroom to promote optimal learning throughout the school day
• organization and management of desk area, schedule and personal belongings
• social interactions with peers
• building confidence using playground equipment
Interventions are implemented in a wide variety of ways; teacher consultation for in-classroom strategies, individual/small group in the classroom, OT/PT room with State of the Art sensory gym or in a natural context at school, such as on the playground.
Use of sensory strategies for self-regulation are encouraged and supported. Strategies may include use of a T-stool or cushion for seating. Wearing of the pressure garments or a weighted vest for self-regulation are among the tools used to provide support and feedback for self-awareness and attention, as well as, to challenge motor abilities.
The Occupational therapists/ COTAs work together with the Welcoming School staff to promote an optimal educational experience for the student.