Occupational therapy services are provided to MECDHH/GBSD students based on determination of eligibility by their IEP team.
Occupational therapists work on the “occupations” of a child. Occupations are daily life tasks performed by a child at his or her age. These can be activities such as playing with peers and toys, pre-academic activities (i.e. cutting, drawing, building blocks), participating in the school environment, as well as self-care and self-feeding.
Occupational therapists look at these “occupations” and identify if a child needs support to help perform these daily activities independently. Children may have difficulties with a specific skill area such as focusing and attention, processing information taken in by their senses from the environment, grasping and releasing items, postural strength and control to stay in a seated position, and utilizing their eyes and hands together to play, or coordinating their hands. These underlying skills can directly impact on daily function in the home and school setting.
For more information on occupational therapy, please contact:
Chantel Dionne, MS, OTR/L Phone: (207) 781-6233