Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Did you know..... APRIL is OT Month!

The following is an informational article from the CDE about OT in the schools - 

What is School-Based Occupational Therapy?
An occupational therapist is a trained health professional that uses purposeful, goal directed activities and task analysis to enable a child with a disability to benefit from their individualized education program (IEP). Federal law mandates that occupational therapy (OT) in the school system be educationally relevant. The focus of OT services in a school setting is to promote functional independence or participation within the educational environment. Educational occupational therapy services are those services developed by educational personnel and the family and authorized in a student's IEP. OT services may be delivered directly to the child, on behalf of the child (consultation with parents and teachers) or through modifications and support for school personnel that will be provided for the child (inservice training). The IEP team may determine that the student does not require occupational therapy through the educational program. Occupational therapy services are not intended to satisfy the medical needs of a student and therefore may not meet the total therapy needs of the student. However, the student's family may wish to pursue therapy services outside the educational setting.

In a school setting the OT may be involved by facilitating any or all of the following areas that may interfere with a child's educational performance:
·         self-help skills (feeding, dressing, hygiene)
·         fine, gross and visual motor skills
·         sensory processing and visual processing skills
·         positioning, functional mobility and transitions
·         functional communication through alternative methods
·         adaptive devices/equipment & using educational tools/toys

The following is the federal definition of Occupational Therapy as a Related Service:
Occupational Therapy means services provided by a qualified occupational therapist and includes:
Improving, developing or restoring functions impaired or lost through illness, injury, or deprivation;
Improving ability to perform tasks for independent functioning if functions are impaired or lost; and
Preventing through early intervention, initial or further impairment or loss of function. [34 CFR 300.24(b) (5)]

 Colorado Department of Education

Monday, March 9, 2015

March is here...
Top 10 things to do over spring break

1. Go fly a kite

2. Go to your local recreation center

3. Go to the park/ride your bike or scooter

4. Plant an indoor garden

5. Help with chores around the house

6. Mazes, dots to dots, coloring

7. Board games/puzzles (tech free)

8. Sidewalk chalk

9. Build something


Friday, February 20, 2015

Grant Received!

This fall a grant request was submitted to Donors Choose for OT to purchase wobble stools.  The grant was approved in December and fully funded by January.  What an exciting way to start off the New Year!

A wobble stool allows students with inattentive and active tendencies the ability to “wobble” while they are sitting at their desk.  This gives the students a tool to help them attend, focus and stay alert during class time. This alternative to a typical classroom chair provides them with the resource they need to learn in a typical classroom setting.  

Thank-You Donors Choose!