Related Services - OT
Occupational Therapy (OT) At Newmark
We use evidence-based practices to provide high quality therapeutic interventions to our students. The goal is to help children fulfill their role as a student through prevention, promotion and/or intervention strategies for mental and physical wellbeing.
Students work toward developing the necessary skills to help manage emotional regulation, sensory integration, executive function and fine/gross motor skills to maximize their participation and progress in their role as a student.
Developmental Functional Skills
Individualized services, provided to the students through group therapy, promote customized opportunities to
practice the skills they need in a supportive setting to ensure success. Skills are then integrated into the classroom through consultation and in-class services to support carryover of learned skills.
Occupational Therapy, along with the rest of the Newmark team, aims to support the students’ needs in this way to allow for structured practice of these functional skills within the school setting. The goal is to guide the students through these developmental foundational skills in order to prepare them for whatever their future endeavors hold.
Occupational Therapy Services are provided by highly qualified, licensed and certified Occupational Therapists.
Building Foundational Skills
As Occupational Therapists, we strive to provide your child with the tools they need to thrive as a student. Sometimes that means providing opportunities to practice a skill they will need in the classroom and other times it is supporting your child to develop a skill they have not yet developed. Here are some of the foundational skills we focus on:
Food for Thought: What do ice cream sundaes and sensory processing have in common?
We all have our preferences and make choices about what to add to our ice cream for the perfect sundae. Some people may prefer chocolate ice cream with sprinkles, while others may choose vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and whipped cream. Similarly, we all have individual sensory preferences that help us to remain regulated so that we may participate in our daily activities. Every time we make a sundae, we do not necessarily make it the same way. When it comes to seeking and/or avoiding certain types of sensory input, that also may shift and change.
An Ice cream sundae has many choices just like the choices of sensory input:
- Proprioception: Sense of deep pressure - jumping, weighted blanket
- Vestibular: Sense of movement - swinging, spinning
- Auditory: Sense of hearing - music, silence, alarm
- Visual: Sense of sight - lighting, colors
- Tactile: Sense of touch - fidgets, putty, different textures
- Olfactory: Sense of smell - aromatherapy, food
We all seek out or avoid different types of sensory input regularly throughout our day. Sensory strategies are things we can use or do to provide comfort, stimulation, or minimize sensory information. Sensory integration happens when our sensory system is regulated and supports our emotional and behavioral regulation. It is helpful to recognize the role that our sensory system plays in our overall ability to participate in our daily activities
Occupational Therapists help people of all ages develop the skills they need for success in everyday life where they live, learn, work and play. Occupational Therapists use activities meaningful to a person's life to enhance physical and cognitive functions as well as overall mental health. Routinely engaging in activities that contribute to their identity will increase their quality of life.