Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps students with sensory, perceptual, and motor problems better meet the daily demand of their environment. For the children and young adults at Whittier School, one very important “occupation”is that of a student. The occupation of student requires many skills, and includes access to classroom curricula, school activities, and to the many routines a student engages in on a regular basis.

Occupational therapists support students in the following occupational performance areas/expected school activities:

Educational Accessibility / Academic Readiness / Legible Quality of Written Work

  • Ability to copy written work form white/black board to desk
  • Maintain appropriate posture for classroom activities

Social / Emotional / Behavioral

  • Develop and maintain appropriate self-regulation skills
  • Respond appropriately to changes in school routine
  • Follow classroom rules and routines

Vocational / Pre-Vocational

  • Complete multi-step tasks
  • Organize personal materials
  • Complete required tasks

Self-Help

  • Perform self-feeding routines at school
  • Manage clothing during school as appropriate
  • Perform hygiene routines
  • Manage toileting needs