Occupational Therapy

In the school setting, occupational therapy practitioners focus on academics, play and leisure, social participation, self-care skills (ADLs or Activities of Daily Living), and transition/work skills (AOTA 2022). Occupational therapists use their expertise to support a student’s ability to perform grade-level fine motor, visual motor, and/or sensory-motor skills that are related to academic and functional performance. The occupation of a student includes everyday skills such as managing school materials (ex: pencil, scissors, locker, lunch items), ability to complete paper/pencil tasks, and self-regulation in relation to the educational setting. Occupational therapists play a critical role in training parents, other staff members (teachers, paraeducators, support staff, administrators) and caregivers regarding educating students with diverse learning needs.

Helpful Information

Watch videos and download information handouts on the topics of: 

Sensory Strategies

Fine Motor Development

Play Development & Toys


Independence with Life Skills