Occupational Therapist: Cole Elementary & Norwell High School
Click Here: to Go to Shawnna Dearborn's Website
781-659-8823 & 781-659-8808
Occupational Therapist: Vinal Elementary & Norwell Middle School
Click Here: to Go to Amy Shaker's Website
781-659-8820 & 781-659-8814
In the schools, Occupational Therapists assess the student’s functional skills through the use of purposeful activity and identify areas of difficulty relating to their educational needs. The primary concern for the school OT is enabling the student to learn and access his or her learning environment (classroom, playground, etc). Rather than rehabilitate a deficit, the school OT may adapt or modify the environment or offer the teacher strategies to implement on a daily basis to afford success. Because a student is at school to learn, pulling a child out of the classroom for “therapy” may not be the best approach to promote learning progress. It is the therapist’s role to provide intervention to enable the child to access the curriculum to the best of his/her ability.
All therapy within the educational setting must have a relationship to educational performance while directly impacting the student’s ability to benefit from their educational experiences. Occupational Therapists in schools need to identify the educational significance of therapy provided to student. The most common educational purposes for students to receive OT services within the school environment are listed below: