• Occupational therapists work to promote, maintain, and develop the skills  needed by students to be functional in a school setting and beyond.
  • Occupational therapists use a holistic approach in planning programmes. They  take  into  account  the  physical,  social,  emotional,  sensory  and cognitive abilities and needs of students.
  • In the  case  of  autism,  an  occupational  therapist  works  to  develop  skills for  handwriting,  fine  motor  skills  and  daily  living  skills.  However,  the most  essential  role  is  also  to  assess  and  target  the  child’s  sensory processing disorders. This is beneficial to remove barriers to learning and help the students become calmer and more focused.

            Active participation in life promotes:

  • learning
  • self-esteem
  • self-confidence
  • independence
  • social interaction.

Children are often prescribed a sensory diet/lifestyle by the occupational therapist.