OT Services Overview
OT services are provided to LPSD students from Prekindergarten through to Grade 12, which the main focus on early intervention and intensive needs.
Students may be referred to the Occupational Therapy program in the following ways:
- Screening: All students in kindergarten are screened together along with their classmates by the occupational therapist. This screen consists of a quick classroom lesson where the OT observes students' crayon, pencil and scissor skills. Any concerns with fine, sensory and gross motor skills may observed at this time by the OT. Working with the classroom teacher, the majority of students requiring further OT assessment in any of these areas are identified through this process and an OT referral may be recommended.
- Classroom observation or education: Sometimes the OT will collaborate with classroom teacher to provide instruction to students on self-regulation or handwriting. As well, the OT may observe a classroom and provide environmental recommendations to the classroom teacher. Again, students requiring further OT assessment may be identified through this process and an OT referral may be recommended.
- Teacher concern: If the classroom teacher has a concern about a student’s functional skills, they can refer the student for an assessment. Parents must give written consent for their child to be assessed.
- Parent concern: If parents have concerns about their child’s functional skills they can request that the teacher make a referral to the OT.
After the assessment the OT may:
- Dismiss from the caseload if all areas tested are average for their age;
- Put the child on follow-up/monitor after recommendations are provided and are to be implemented by the child’s school team;
- Provide a daily therapy program to be completed by the child’s school team;
- Provide home activities for practice;
- Refer to outside agencies if required.