Children spend a considerable amount of time at school, and understanding how a child fits in and participates at school is critical. To best support children who are having difficulty participating to their full potential at school, it is important to develop these skills in the school environment. Early intervention is recognized as best practice, and promotes the likelihood of the child remaining engaged in learning.

At OCC Therapy, we recognize the important role of teachers, the pressures they face, and their expert understanding of the curriculum. We aim to unobtrusively assist the student to reach the educational goals identified.

O.C.C. Therapy is proud to offer a flexible school based service, adapted to meet the needs of each school. These may include:

  • Whole class screenings
  • Group programs, such as a writing group held during literacy rotations/li>
  • Individual assessment and intervention, focusing on educational goals/li>
  • Subcontracted OT to support the school staff and meet the needs of the school/li>
  • Parent and staff professional development or seminars

Benefits to the students and their families:

  • Appointments at the school reduce the amount of time the child is out of the classroom (as they do not need to travel to appointments)
  • Children are able to maintain participation in extra-curricular activities, as they do not need to attend sessions out of hours. Sessions are available outside of school hours also, which is particularly beneficial for students attending outside school hours care
  • Parents are able to continue with their work commitments. Parents are welcome to attend sessions, and regular written and verbal communication with parents will be fostered
  • Children may be more comfortable in the familiar environment and so their performance in the therapy session will more closely mirror what is happening in the classroom
  • No travel fee charged to parents if 3 or more students are seen at school

Benefits to the school:

  • Improve the learning outcomes for children and their families
  • Improve student skills in academic, sport and social areas, in additions to improvements in self esteem and confidence in approaching new learning tasks
  • Reduce the learning gap between students
  • Allow the school to add another learning support service to their portfolio
  • Foster working relationship between therapist and classroom teacher, to ensure the therapy is relevant and helpful within your classroom environment