Where do I even begin to describe this amazing group of kids? I work with special needs students, Pre-K through 5th grade. Most of my students are moderately to severely impacted and have a wide range of diagnoses (Ex. Autism, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Delays, etc.). My students make me laugh, smile, and want to learn as much as they aspire to each and every day. These students truly inspire me with the amount of heart and determination that pours out on campus.
As a school-based occupational therapist, it is my job to empower students with the ability to access their curriculum and provide individualized supports needed to successfully learn.
The best way I can describe occupational therapy to others unfamiliar with my profession is that it is a combination of the arts and medical practices. My goal is to provide my students with a fun and therapeutic environment that enriches their mind, body, and spirit with everything they need to be successful students. With your support, I hope to help make it happen!
Keeping in mind both the arts and medical sciences that intertwine with occupational therapy, I try to make every therapy session a fun and enriching experience. My students are extremely creative little thinkers and love their crafts! Most of the children I work with are working on their fine motor and writing skills. I enjoy using art as a means of inspiration for their writing topics and to give them another means of expressing themselves through tactile exploration. From painting to drawing to constructing things out of miscellaneous materials, I enjoy incorporating art in all its forms as much as possible to teach my students the school-based skills they need to be successful in their classroom. Skills include writing, cutting, gluing, etc. Unfortunately some of my students have sensory processing difficulties and have a hard time creating their art with various media like paint, chalk, or clay. By providing my students with a sensory table, I will be able to help these students become more comfortable with using messy art media for craft time with me and in their classrooms. A sensory table provides hands-on exploration of various media like sand, beans, paint, clay, etc. It also provides them with another creative means of exploring sounds (Ex. using tools/household items to interact with different materials like beans to make various sounds), colors (Ex. exploring tactile properties of things that are the same color “What does blue feel like?”, construction (Ex. Building and designing with media like sand, clay, or mud) and getting inspiration for their crafts or writing!
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