KLC Occupational Therapists (OT’s) use a variety of therapeutic methods that include modifying the home, school or work environments and providing individualized adaptations to enhance performance levels, enabling each student to achieve success and mastery with participation in school-based activities. Best practice for the delivery of OT services requires an integration of services within natural environment whether that be in the home, at school, or in community-based settings and job sites. As with all related and ancillary services at KLC, the OT provides a fluid combination of individual, small group, integrative and consultative services to support academic achievement and life skill mastery.
The OT’s role in early intervention is to work within the natural family environment and daily routines as a parental coach to facilitate the child’s level of independence by targeting developmental milestones. The primary occupations of young children are play and interacting with other children and with caregivers. The role of the OT at this level of programming is to both assess a child’s development and provide strategies and interventions to facilitate that development.
In preschool, the focus of OT shifts to facilitate the development of school-related “occupations,” such as maintaining focus and attention or holding a writing tool. In addition to using the senses of vision and hearing, the OT will focus on the tactile, vestibular and movement senses for purposes of stimulating or exciting the child as well as to calm and/or engage them in order to promote positive behaviors and enhance performance with learning opportunities.
In the school programs, the OT also supports students who have difficulty performing in areas such as self-care, leisure activities and work productivity. Whether it’s learning how to position hands to sweep a floor or learning more complex activities such as preparing a meal, the OT focuses on improving fine motor and sensory processing skills while working on academic, pre-vocational and self-care activities.