Occupational Therapy in Schools

At Learn Sense Grow we offer Occupational Therapy sessions in a variety of locations to suit the needs of individual children and their goals. Many of our sessions take place in the child’s home, at their school or kindergarten, or at our clinic, depending on where most of the challenges lie.

We generally recommend school based Occupational Therapy if your child:

  • Finds it difficult to attend or concentrate on school-based tasks
  • Has low self-esteem and finds it difficult to engage in age appropriate tasks
  • Has trouble using a ‘tripod grasp’ for handwriting, with number or letter recognition, formation or sizing
  • Has limited social awareness and finds it difficult to interact with others their own age
  • Finds it difficult to comprehend narratives or stories
  • Has difficulty regulating and following instructions in a busy classroom environment
  • Shows defiance or has a ‘fixed mindset’ about school based challenges
  • Has frequent meltdowns at school

School is a great environment for Occupational Therapy, as:

  • It is the child’s second most common environment to home.
  • Many behaviours that we see can be exacerbated at school due to the unpredictable social, learning and sensory nature of the environment.
  • Your child does not have to leave school or find a time outside of school hours for therapy. This helps as your child can get the most out of their session, as they are not too tired from a day of learning at school.
  • Strategies and techniques can be worked on so that your child can then incorporate these into their general school routine.
  • Your child can use the playground equipment, tools and spaces within the school to better support regulation throughout the school day.

The benefits of school Occupational Therapy include:

  • Therapists collaborate with teachers each session to understand how your child is functioning that day, to trial new strategies and recommendations and to continually monitor progress.
  • New equipment can be trialled
  • Children can learn to regulate in a school environment that is unpredictable and abundant with new sensory experiences.
  • This helps to set them up to regulate in the community or in unfamiliar environments.
  • There can be a direct focus on social awareness, understanding the ‘expected’ behaviours and being part of a group as Occupational Therapists can offer for your child to bring a friend to the session on occasion to help work directly on these skills.

If you wish to speak to one of our Occupational Therapists about whether school based therapy will suit your child, email or phone us on [email protected] or 0413 318 574.