FOREST TOWN SCHOOL – Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (O.T.) at Forest Town School aims to help children to function in their school, home and community, to the best of their ability. Activities that are meaningful and enjoyable to the learners, are used to achieve goals in therapy. Learners are treated in small groups or individually based on their needs.  Therapy is provided as part of a multi-disciplinary team both within the school, and referring learners to appropriate specialists as needed.

Different modalities are used to treat learners including:

  • Neurodevelopmental Therapy (N.D.T.)
  • Sensory Integration (S.I.)

Each child’s specific needs determine when and how therapy will be done, and therapy is offered in the following areas:

Hand Therapy:
• Botox clinics or referrals to clinics or hospitals for Botox or orthopaedic clinics happen as often as is necessary depending on learner needs.
• Learners are provided with splints, as needed, to improve their hand function and prevent further problems developing.

Assistive Devices:
• Specific software and hardware are used to give learners with physical challenges access to the computer for AAC, scholastic and leisure activities. Low cost devices and systems are also used and created by the O.T’s.
• Learners are issued and trained how to use ADL assistive devices, to allow them to be more independent in the area’s of self-care such as dressing, eating and toileting.

Gross motor and Fine motor skills
• Gross motor skills such as jumping, running, climbing and ball skills and the planning, co-ordination and control necessary for these skills are focused on by our therapists
• Fine motor skills such as pencil grip and control, colouring, writing and cutting are addressed

Visual Perception:
• These are the pre-reading and writing skills that therapists address to help learners perform tasks such as copying from board, paying attention to detail, and formation and recognition of numbers and letters

Handwriting:
• O.T.’s assist learners with handwriting training providing adapted methods or equipment as necessary

Prevocational and Vocational skills:
• Learners are trained in self-care, work and social skills to prepare them for life outside of school, and in the workplace.
• Assistance is given with recommendations and contacts for possible future work placements
• Therapists are also involved in the running of the Beauty Therapy Centre where previous Forest Town Students who have been trained in this area work
with the public.