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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapists (OTs) are part of the educational team within a school district. Occupational therapy services for students with special needs are determined through the Multifactored Evaluation and the IEP process. School-based occupational therapy is available for students who are eligible for special education.

Occupational Therapy professionals are concerned with an individual’s ability to participate in desired daily life activities or "occupational performance". Within the school environment, occupational therapists focus on facilitating independence with learning and school-related activities.

Through collaboration with the educational team, individual goals are established to promote school success and to reach outcomes related to:

  • Classroom skills
  • Self-help skills
  • Social participation
  • Self-regulation
  • Social-emotional learning
  • Assistive technology skills
  • Pre-vocational skills

     Backpack Safety
  • Always wear a backpack with one strap over each shoulder rather than just hanging from one shoulder and strap. This should reduce pain and strain on the back, neck, and shoulders. 
  • It is recommended that a loaded backpack weigh no more than 15% (about one sixth) of a student's body weight. For a student who weighs 100 lbs, the backpack should weigh no more than 15 lbs. 
  • Select a bag with well padded shoulder straps. Shoulders and necks have many blood vessels and nerves in them that can cause pain and tingling when too much pressure is applied. 
  • Adjust the shoulder straps so the pack fits snugly to the child’s back. A pack that hangs too loosely can pull a child backwards and strain muscles. 
  • If your child’s backpack has a waist belt, make sure it is fastened. This can help distribute the weight of the pack more evenly.

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