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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.

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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:

  • Sensory Processing – This is the process of the body taking information from the senses and the brain producing a motor or behavioral response.
  • Motor Planning - the ability to conceptualization a plan, take action, and receive and use the feedback in order to produce a coordinated response.  For example, if you are standing on the edge of a river and you need to cross it using the rocks you see.  You make a plan, take action, and adjust if you lose your balance.  That is motor planning.  
  • Executive function – The higher-level skills we need for self-control, attention, planning and organizing in order to complete complex tasks expected in the classroom. 
  • Visual motor – Coordinating the eyes and hands in order to do things like writing and typing or throwing and catching a ball. 
  • Fine motor - Small movements of the hand and fingers that enable us to do more refined movements.  These motor skills help us with tasks like handwriting and typing. 
  • Gross motor - Movements of the larger muscles in the arms, legs, and torso. These skills help us with balance and provide the stability we need for more precise mobility.  

Functional Living Skills
 

Being at home together creates a wonderful opportunity to teach and practice Functional Living Skills.

Children can make their beds, do laundry, help cook and practice crucial time management and organization skills as they engage in Remote Learning. This is a unique time where we can slow down and teach our families life skills that we normally might not have time to address.
 

OT Tips

Fall OT Tips: Occupational Therapy Binder Organization System

At Newmark, we are laser focused on supporting all students on their journey to the elusive land of organization!

One of the strategies we use here is a color code for their academic subjects to organize their binders. According to neuroscientists, our brains often process color before anything else we see. As we scan the world for information, color perception is the first thing we use to help us comprehend and respond to our environment. A recent study found that colors increase student attention. We know that the more attention a student dedicates to a particular stimulus, the better chance they'll remember that information. Since people recognize color much faster than they can read text, using color as a label is a useful strategy. Students are all aware of the color code. The code is posted in each classroom and they each have a code in the front of their binders. Hopefully we can all work together to encourage the use of this organizational system.

Below is the color code used throughout the entire school.

Summer OT Tip: Summer 2023 Sensory Ideas

Newmark's Occupational Therapy Team wishes you a happy summer.  Here are some tips to make the most of your summer with your child.

Sand, sun, wind and water are all part of the summer months. They are also all amazing sensory experiences. This is a great time of year to enjoy many different types of sensory input. Many times, the best type of sensory experience is messy so now that the weather is warm, it is time to go outside and have some fun.  

If the beach is overwhelming, try using a container of sand to allow your child to become more comfortable with how it feels. Swimming in the ocean or the pool is a fantastic way to cool off and it provides resistance that can improve overall strength. It can also help to regulate your sensory system with all that proprioceptive input.  Being still and taking time to feel the warmth of the sun on your face, or the cooler night air while listening to wildlife is a way to help to quiet your sensory system and bring overall calm. The smell of an outdoor fire and the taste of sticky, sweet, melted marshmallows is a summer sensory experience for everyone to try. Learn 17 Cool Summer Sensory Activities That Help Kids.

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

 

OT RESOURCE

Questions?  Contact ot@newmarkeducation.com 

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. 

Occupational Therapy Binder Organization System

At Newmark, we are laser focused on supporting all students on their journey to the elusive land of organization!

Below is the color code used throughout the entire school.