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Occupational Therapy Assistant for Classroom or Home Support

 

Protherapykids offers ongoing support from Occupational Therapy assistants for children with complex needs, both in educational settings and at home. This support is overseen by highly experienced Occupational Therapists and implemented by trained Occupational Therapy Assistants.

Understanding the Role of an OT Assistant

 

An OT assistant is a professional trained in providing Occupational Therapy interventions under the supervision of a qualified pediatric Occupational Therapist. The role involves implementing treatment plans devised by the therapist, which are tailored to address specific difficulties identified during assessments. These plans are regularly reviewed and adjusted by the Occupational Therapist to meet the child's evolving needs. Additionally, the therapist collaborates with parents, schools, and the OT assistant to ensure the child receives optimal care and support. This may involve providing adaptive equipment, modifying seating arrangements, making environmental changes, and offering ongoing guidance and support to teachers and parents.

 

Who Would Benefit from Classroom or Home Support by an OT Assistant?

Children who would benefit from ongoing assistance from an Occupational Therapy assistant in the classroom or at home typically have complex needs managed by a qualified pediatric Occupational Therapist. Conditions or difficulties that may indicate the need for such support include:

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  • Stroke

  • Dyspraxia or Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD)

  • Autism

  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder (ADD/ADHD)

  • Asperger's Syndrome

  • Developmental Delay

  • Down's Syndrome

  • Acquired Head/Brain injury

  • Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)

  • Handwriting difficulties

  • Visual deficits

  • Coordination difficulties

  • Challenges in sports or outdoor activities

Benefits of Ongoing Occupational Therapy Support in Classroom or at Home:

There are numerous advantages to having ongoing support from an Occupational Therapy assistant, including:
 

  • Regular, tailored Occupational Therapy assistance

  • Onsite availability of the assistant

  • Continuous review and adaptation of treatment plans

  • Collaboration with schools to modify environments and address learning needs

  • One-on-one intervention and treatment for specific difficulties

  • Improvement in key developmental skills

  • External support during exam preparation or academic assessments

  • Provision of assistance to multiple children within a school setting

  • Individualised support provided both at home and in school

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