Occupational Therapy

Based on individual challenges

At Havern, occupational therapy plays an important role in helping students overcome their unique challenges and realize their potential. In occupational therapy, students work on skills needed to perform the wide range of tasks they perform throughout a school day – in the classroom, on the playground, and in the lunchroom.  All Havern students are evaluated by one of our occupational therapists, and, according to determined needs, students may participate in direct small group occupational therapy or benefit from classroom consultation.

Intervention in these groups focuses on many areas, including:

  • Fine motor:
    • Dexterity
    • Finger strength
  • Gross motor:
    • Postural control
    • Balance
    • Bilateral coordination
    • Endurance and strengthening
    • Motor planning
  • Sensory processing
    • Body awareness/kinesthetic
    • Gravitational insecurity
    • Motor planning
    • Right/left discrimination
  • Visual Skills
    • Visual integration
    • Scanning and searching
    • Visual motor
    • Visual attention

Our occupational therapists:

  • See students based upon identified needs such as endurance, strength, balance, coordination and body awareness, as well as fine and visual motor and perceptual delays
  • Assess students with identified sensory processing needs and develop an individual “tool box” of sensory strategies for self-regulation
  • Teach practical skills such as handwriting, shoe tying and bike riding
  • Work with students in small groups on the development of cooperative play, group game skills and problem solving.

SPOT: Combined Speech-Language and Occupational Therapy

All students participate in a weekly Speech/Occupational Therapy group, referred to by students and staff as SPOT. Students participate in this group whether or not they are receiving individual speech or occupational therapy services. Goals for the SPOT group are clearly delineated and meant to integrate skills addressed in both individual and small group therapies, as well as within the classrooms. SPOT addresses and facilitates:

  • Language development
  • Auditory memory/processing
  • Social interaction
  • Gross motor coordination
  • Sensory processing

Students look forward to the many fun activities that they do in SPOT, a few of which include: climbing on the rock wall, creating a giant yarn spider web every October, baking pies for the school’s annual Thanksgiving lunch, making holiday gifts and more!