What is School-based Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapy is a special support service in the schools whose purpose is to help students become as successful and independent in the school environment as possible, in order to help them do and engage in the specific activities that make up their daily routines at school.
For preschoolers, occupational therapy works to ensure that a student can participate in the full scope of school activities to the best of their abilities—from safely moving their body and interacting with peers, using their hands appropriately to grasp a crayon and play with toys, and paying attention to the teacher and getting ready to learn!
Learning Through Play
The primary goals of childhood are to grow, learn, and PLAY!!! The act of playing is an important tool that influences a child’s life. It is often through play that children learn to make sense of the world around them. It is a child’s "job" or "occupation" to play to develop physical coordination, emotional maturity, social skills to interact with other children, and self-confidence to try new experiences and explore new environments. In OT, especially in preschool, we use PLAY as the primary means of learning and skill development.