Each year as the new school term begins, occupational therapists meet and greet their general education teachers and get acquainted with their shared students. While some of the teachers and students may be familiar with occupational therapy or this particular OT, others may be experiencing their first encounter with the profession. This first meeting with the teachers will be a time when the valuable teacher-therapist relationship begins to build its foundation. It is also a time when their individual perceptions of that relationship come together. April Franco, OTR, MOT, shares five areas which she feels can help to ease the path toward a relationship that will best meet the needs of the student, teacher, and therapist.
By April Franco, OTR, MOT
on April the OT blog
I have started my second year as a school OT. Just as I was getting used to not feeling like a new grad, I started in a new setting and a year later, I still feel like I’m lost in some areas. My school district works with a push-in philosophy for therapy services, which means I sometimes have to make my way into a general education classroom and it can sometimes be a little awkward. This is not an issue for me when I see students in a self-contained classroom, as I can waltz right in, do what I have to do, and even help out if I’m needed. These classrooms are set up within an atmosphere that allows for each student’s particular needs. However, my general education teachers have very strict schedules in which certain curriculum must be addressed. When I come knocking, they may be a little unsure of my purpose. Having said that, I have complied a list of things I wish general education teachers knew about my role as an occupational therapist in an effort to support the important roles we both play in our schools.
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Katherine J. Collmer, M.Ed., OTR/L, is a pediatric occupational therapist who specializes in the assessment and remediation of handwriting skills. In her current book, Handwriting Development Assessment and Remediation: A Practice Model for Occupational Therapists, she shares a comprehensive guide and consistent tool forCollmer Book addressing handwriting development needs. She can be contacted via her website, Handwriting With Katherine.