Occupational Therapy (OT)
At Clarendon we have a full time occupational therapist. Occupational therapy is offered to the grade 2-5 children in the remedial unit. The children attend a 30 min therapy session per week. Therapy is offered in small groups of 2 or 3 children, with similar needs. Children are assessed on their initial intake to establish their strengths and weaknesses. Occupational therapy at Clarendon address the following main areas:
Gross motor skills: The ability to use the body to perform big movements in a co-ordinated, controlled and rhythmical way, using a good posture. Common areas of difficulty include: poor posture at the desk, or difficulty on the sports field with catching or hitting, learning new motor skills like skipping or high jump.
Fine motor skills: The ability to use the hands and fingers to control tools for writing and drawing in a well-coordinated and precise manner. Some common difficulties in this area include: poor pencil grip, poor letter formation, untidy writing, poor cutting and colouring.
Visual perception: This refers to how the brain interprets and uses the information received through the eyes. Some common difficulties in this area include: the ability to differentiate between b and d or 39and 93, needing a ruler or finger to read, difficulty remembering sight words and difficulty laying out work on the page.
Speech therapists, also known as speech-language pathologists (or SLP's) are professionals who provide an assortment of services that relate to communication disorders. These services include identification, assessment, treatment & prevention of speech and language disorders. SLP's also provide services for disorders of swallowing. Many SLP's are employed by school systems. They work with children in all grades, addressing full range of communication problems. School-age children with communication difficulties often also suffer academically and socially, thereby adding additional confounding problems.
The three areas that the SLP addresses in the school environment are:
1. Speech – The actual production of speech sounds.
2. Language – This includes the understanding and production of language and comprises of vocabulary & grammar. The social use of language is also targeted.
3. Auditory Processing Skills – This refers to what the brain does with what it hears, not hearing acuity. These skills are the building blocks for reading and spelling.