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About Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a related service at Cotting School. Related services are provided to assist a child to benefit from their educational setting. Occupational Therapy services are provided in the school setting through the IEP process to optimize access to the academic curriculum. It is available to students who have orthopedic, medical and/or neurological challenges that affect their ability to independently participate in educational activities throughout the school day. Areas of focus include one or more of the following:

  • Postural stability as a base for upper extremity activities
  • Functional hand skills
  • Visual perceptual skills
  • Visual motor skills
  • Environmental accommodations
  • Sensory processing/organization
  • Activities of daily living including oral motor skills and use of assistive technology

Occupational Therapy may be provided on an individual, small group or consult basis. Therapy frequency is determined at a student’s annual IEP meeting and is based on the need for occupational therapy relative to the student’s overall educational needs. Additional consultation sessions related to sensory, feeding and upper extremity bracing may supplement direct therapy services.

Occupational Therapists work with students in the setting that best fits their individual needs. This can include within the OT/PT Department, in classrooms or the lunch room, etc. Occupational Therapy staff members also facilitate a number of classroom groups including, but not limited to:

  • Movement
  • Recreation and leisure
  • ADL
  • Crafts
  • Yoga
  • Cooking and sensory motor

Services can be integrated in the curriculum and classroom to insure that activity are meaningful, encourage carryover, and center on the skills that will best support success in the school environment.

Occupational Therapists at Cotting also provide consultation to parents and other Cotting staff regarding a student’s fine motor, visual, oral motor and sensory motor abilities and needs within the school environment.