Occupational therapy aims to meet the needs of students with intellectual, physical, sensory or complex and interrelated needs that influence their occupational performance. The purpose of occupational therapy is to enhance or support students’ educational goals facilitating students’ participation in the educational process.
The Occupational Therapist works alongside the students, school staff, and family whānau to identify any occupational performance difficulties and aims to address these. The Occupational Therapist carries out appropriate assessments and develops individualised programmes to support the student. Assessment and programmes support students in activities of daily living, hand function and fine motor skills, sensory processing, vocational skills, and play/leisure. The Occupational Therapist also provides specialist equipment to help students access the curriculum. e.g. specialist seating and assistive technology.