Croxton Special School’s Occupational Therapist (OT) aims to work consultative with teachers, working alongside the curriculum and equipping classrooms with strategies and ideas that will assist with students’ participation and independence. The OT looks at how the students’ performance and participation can be improved through consideration and adaptation of the occupation/activity, environments and the individual’s skills level.
The areas of support that the OT can provide include, but is not limited to:
- Fine motor skills
- Gross motor skills
- Functional daily living skills
- Understanding emotions and self-regulation skills
- Assisting with challenging behaviours
- Sensory processing skills
- Transitioning and organisational skills
- Joint attention and play skills
There has been a big focus on The Zones of Regulation Program. It is a way to help your children understand emotions, express emotions, learn how the body responds to emotions, and learn some ways to self-regulate. The OT is working to assist with equipping the teachers and education support staff with tools such as consistent visuals, use of language that is simple and consistent, and improve awareness of regulation activities. This should play a big role in increasing attention, concentration and overall learning and participation.