Occupational therapy aims to meet the specific needs of students with disability that influence their occupational performance (i.e. what students need to do at school). The purpose of occupational therapy services is to promote students' well-being, participation and success in the daily occupations of school life, such as studying, playing and working.
Occupational therapists use specialised knowledge of the skills and abilities required for learning and occupational performance at school (including movement and sensory, cognitive and psychosocial skills), along with expertise in design of tasks, environments and equipment to deliver evidence-informed strategies for occupational success. Services are delivered through collaboration and embedding advice in curriculum activities and classroom routines to enhance learning engagement and achievement.
Students have been learning to notice their energy and arousal levels i.e. whether they are mellow yellow, cool calm blue or revved up red and using different strategies to keep themselves calm.
Class groups visit the Therapy Room to learn to play cooperatively and experiment with more sensory options.