Occupational Therapy

School-based occupational therapy at Oak Hill School focuses on assisting students to develop the skills necessary to achieve independence in their lives. Occupational therapists, as members of the interdisciplinary team, focus on building and supporting skills in the following areas:

  • Cognitive skills—attention, memory, organization, reasoning & problem solving
  • Fine motor skills— strength, bilateral integration, dexterity, grasping patterns
  • Gross motor skills—muscle tone, core strength, motor planning, coordination & postural control
  • Activities of daily living – including self care tasks such as eating, cooking, hygiene
  • Social skills—turn-taking, developing relationships, self-esteem
  • Visual motor and perceptual skills as foundations for reading, writing, cutting and drawing

Occupational therapy services at Oak Hill School apply principles of sensory integration into the daily educational environment. Therapeutic activities, strategies, modifications and adaptations are organized within the curriculum and the educational environment allowing the child to perform at an optimal level for learning. This integrated approach includes collaboration between the teaching staff, speech therapy, psychological counseling, parents and occupational therapy to reach each child’s academic and therapeutic goals.