For students with learning differences, Occupational Therapy can be a very effective tool for developing and improving the vital mental, physical, and organizational skills needed to be successful in the classroom. The Winston School provides Occupational Therapy, administered by a licensed professional, on campus during and after school hours. Organizing and keeping up with multiple school assignments and managing daily schedules can be challenging and stressful. This is especially true for students with ADD, ADHD, and Motor and Sensory challenges. These students often lack adequate “executive functioning” skills to plan, prioritize and manage calendars and deadlines. As a result, students can become anxious, agitated and overwhelmed. Occupational Therapy can help resolve and prevent these issues by teaching students:
- How to organize and prioritize multiple homework tasks
- How to view a calendar and “work backwards” to meet deadlines
- How to manage anxiety when feeling overwhelmed
- How to be more efficient and successful in a school or work environment
- How to prevent feelings of “dread” from bringing productivity to a halt
Occupational Therapy methods are taught in small groups or on a one-to-one basis with the Therapist either on demand or by appointment.