Educators often have questions about online occupational therapy. Is it effective? What does it look like? How can you do it? It can be difficult to visualize how OT can work online.
The simple fact is, occupational therapy is exactly the same online as it is onsite, and very little special technology or equipment is needed. Two lead occupational therapists for PresenceLearning recently discussed the ins and out of online OT for our latest SPEDcast, “Get a Grip on Online OT.”
OT Advisor to PresenceLearning Robyn Chu and OT Clinical Coordinator Elizabeth Haas discussed how quality therapy can be delivered to students online, adding flexibility to busy schedules, creating a low distraction environment, and motivating and engaging students in new ways. Examples of activities for fine, visual, and gross motor skills were shared so that audience members could see for themselves how occupational therapy looks online.
Online OT can help schools in many ways, including alleviating staffing and / or geographic challenges, managing increased caseloads (especially in the areas of ADHD, SPD, autism), and helping students meet the rigor of Common Core standards.
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