Occupational Therapy intensive

5 May 2010

Compass is thrilled to be working in partnership with the Faculty of Health Sciences' Discipline of Occupational Therapy in offering intensive programs to primary schools.

Occupational Therapy (OT) may be one of the least understood professions in the health industry. Occupational therapists help people develop and/or maintain motor skills to carry out everyday tasks.

OTs work with a diverse range of clients from the very young through to very old. OT for children can range from assisting with the development of fine motor skills to supporting children with developmental disorders, sensory regulation, sensory processing deficits or autism.

Compass and the Faculty of Health Science's Occupational Therapy program are working over the next two terms to assist teachers:

  • identify students requiring fine motor skills development support
  • provide whole class OT programming and
  • provide professional development opportunities for teachers

Since the begining of this term University of Sydney OT students have begun intensive clinical placements in the following primary schools:

  • Athelstane PS
  • Bexley PS
  • Kogarah PS
  • Condell Park PS
  • Yagoona PS and
  • Wattawa Hghts PS.

Our OT students will be involved in whole class programming, as well as small group planning around fine motor, gross motor and handwriting skills. The students are also working with teachers to assess/evaluate areas that students may require further skill development eg developing cursive writing or general fine motor skills. The OT students will continue to work in schools for the remainder of Term 2 and Term 3 and report on their progress to their supervisors each week.

Compass and Faculty of Health Sciences' Occupational Therapy staff and students look forward to our schools and students reaping the rewards of this intensive in-school program.