The occupational therapist is concerned with a person’s ability to participate in daily life activities or “occupations.” In the schools, occupational therapists use their expertise to help children to be prepared for and perform important learning and school-related activities and to fulfill their role as students. They are particularly skilled in facilitating access to the curriculum for all students through supports, design planning, assistive technology, and other methods. Additionally, they play a critical role in training parents, other staff members, and caregivers regarding educating students with diverse learning needs.
At Dr. Charles E. Murphy Elementary School, the occupational therapist supports academic and non-academic outcomes including: social skills, math, reading, writing, self-help skills, motor planning skills, and sensory integration. She works as part of the special education team and often works with other specialists to present a more holistic and motivating approach for addressing students' needs.