I am an occupational therapist serving around 40 smart and inquisitive elementary aged students. They face a myriad of challenges, as their school is located in the 9th district of the Bronx- one of the poorest in the nation. That doesn’t deter them from enjoying play with friends, showing empathy for peers and staff, and working hard to meet the standards of their rigorous school curriculum. All the students I serve are mandated to have occupational therapy as part of an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) because of difficulties with attention, fine motor skills, self-regulation, emotional disturbance, and manipulating classroom tools like writing utensils, scissors, glue, containers and clothing fasteners needed for every day tasks.
The students I work with are resilient, empathetic and quick learners.
Because of this exciting learning potential, providing them with supports that they would not normally have access to can encourage them to reach optimal function in every area (academics, social/emotional readiness, community based-learning) of the school environment.
Safety first! Donate to give our school proper PPE to ensure peace of mind while learning.
My goal is to give my students an appropriate and productive hands-on experience during this pandemic.
OTs and students have to work in close proximity, and your donation will ease blended learning.
Help outfit my caseload in face shields, masks, and gloves. Disinfectant wipes will clean toys, games and puzzles after OT sessions. Individual play doh containers will be assigned to each student to avoid cross contamination. A sneeze guard and cleaning supplies will also provide COVID appropriate face to face learning.
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