Occupational Therapy

  • What Is Occupational Therapy:

    Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

    About one-third of occupational therapy practitioner’s work in school systems, pediatric hospitals, and health care facilities helping millions of children. This places OT practitioners on the frontlines of information about child health and wellness. Within the school system, occupational therapy helps children facing physical, cognitive, or mental health challenges that affect their school performance, socialization, and health (American Occupational Therapy Association 2008).

    School-based occupational therapy assessment and intervention focuses on:

    • Activities of daily living: Caring for self-needs such as eating, dressing, and toilet habits.
    • Education: Achieving in the learning environment.
    • Play: Interacting with age-appropriate toys, games, equipment and activities.
    • Social participation: Developing appropriate relationships and engaging in behavior that doesn't interfere with learning or social relationships.
    • Work: Developing interests and skills necessary for transition to community life after graduation (AOTA, 2008).

    Some activities we do with the kids in occupational therapy


    How to Get Occupational Therapy Services for your Child

    • If your child does not currently receive occupational therapy and you feel that they may benefit from services, please contact your child’s teacher or physician and request that a referral for occupational therapy be provided.
    • Occupational therapist will perform an initial evaluation to determine their level of need and will recommend an appropriate level of therapeutic services if necessary.
    • For more information on how your child can receive occupational therapy please visit the link below. It will provide you with in-depth information about how your child can receive OT services in addition to other questions you may have. 
    • http://www.aota.org/en/About-Occupational-Therapy/Patients-Clients/ChildrenAndYouth/Schools/Schools.aspx (AOTA, 2013)

    All Occupational therapy practitioners at Public School #84 are board certified occupational therapists or occupational therapy assistants.We are skilled health care professional who use research and scientific evidence to ensure that our interventions are effective.

    Meet the Team at School 84


    Bottom Row (left to right): Amy Thorne COTA, Erin Cole OTR, Kelly Schreier OTR

    Linday Frajdofer OTR

    Top Row(left to right): Amy Hathaway OTR, Amanda Brown COTA, Laura Duncan OTR

    Contact Information 716-816-3051