Occupational therapists' expertise includes activity and environmental analysis and modification with a goal of reducing barriers to participation. They teach students how to participate in their environment to promote physical health, mental health and overall well-being.
Service delivery may include:
- Determine sensory needs and through activities show how to cope and respond to the environment through touch, taste, smell, sound, sight and movement
- Increase fine motor coordination, visual perception, eye-hand coordination, self-care skills, posture and balance
- Provide services for students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) at local school districts
- Administer and interpret standardized assessments and deliver individual and/or small group services
- Consultation with educational staff and families regarding classroom accommodations, modifications and assistive technology
Ingham ISD's Occupational Therapists (OTs) serve as a part of the Itinerant Services team. OTs identify barriers to students' participation in school activities and provide strategies, plans and supports needed for them to be successful. They may work with students to develop skills such as improving handwriting, tolerating loud noises or learning how to use a variety of assistive technologies. OTs collaborate with other service providers to ensure they are all working toward the same goal of achieving cognitive and social independence for all students.