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Occupational Therapy

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Our team of Occupational Therapists will be putting together a collection of resources designed to support your students. The tips are meant to give small bites of information. Give the ideas a try and then sign into Office Hours and let the OTs know how it went. Also, if you have ideas for future Tip topics, don’t be shy!  Click on the light bulb to find OT resources.

Meet our Occupational Therapist:

Leanne Byl

Leanne has been in private practice for the past 15 years working with preschoolers up to grade eight students in Foothills School Division, FSCD (Calgary) and Okotoks Montessori Preschool / Kindergarten.  Rural schools have captured her heart with their genuine interest in supporting students to excel to the best of their ability.  Leanne enjoys the challenge of coming up with unique and creative solutions to meet the needs of her students’ challenges.  She is an avid lifelong learner committed to keeping current on OT topics and research.

Call/Text: 587.370.0992

Skills for the job of living!

Each of us have many occupations that are essential to our health and well-being.  A child, for example, might have occupations as a student, a playmate, and a helper at home.  Occupational therapists help children engage in everyday living, including play, self help skills and participation in family and school routines.

Occupational therapy for school-aged children/youth is designed to assist children/youth that have challenges with:

  • Fine motor tasks (writing, coloring, keyboarding, computer use)
  • Sensory concerns such as bright lights, textures, or loud noises
  • Full active participation in the classroom routines (circle time, following a schedule)
  • Their independence in eating toileting and dressing
  • Ability to access classroom technology

Occupational therapists work with children in a variety of ways:

  • Combine goals within existing classroom routines and academic programming
  • Individual work on specific goals
  • Modifications and adaptations to activities and environment within the school
  • In-class programming to share activities with the whole class
  • Work in collaboration with all other team members

Some examples of when you might make a referral to see an Occupational Therapist include:

  • If the child seems to have difficulty with fine motor skills such as pencil grasp, printing or developing a dominant hand, writing his/her name or other written work
  • If a child has significant challenges with loud noises or bright lights that impact his/her ability to learn at school
  • Is slower than his peers to be independent in completing routine tasks such as eating, drinking, toileting or dressing
  • If the child has challenges accessing or using classroom technology the same way as his peers
  • If the child/youth has difficulty changing from one activity to another