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Occupational therapy A discipline that focuses on the roles that people need to fulfill in their lives.
Posture Strength Coordination Endurance Balance Dexterity Visual motor skills Motor planning Sensory processing skills Daily living skills Ability to use the “tools” of school Areas that school OTs look at:
STRONG BODIES NEEDED FOR HARD WORK • With every year children are becoming weaker because there is less and less physical activity embedded within the structure of their day. • Kids need to be able to handle the physical demands of school in order to make the most academic progress.
Think outside of the chair • Kneel • 1/2 kneel • Stand • Spend time on tummy • Sit on a ball • Hands and knees • Move!
Things you can do now to help your child’s skills • Draw pictures and color • Puzzles • Play-doh, Lego blocks or building toys • Ball games, running, jumping, playing • Crafts (painting, cutting, gluing) • Work on independence with dressing • Have kids help with putting toys away