School Based Occupational Therapy

School-based Occupational Therapists often have many creative and practiced ways to help the child thrive within the school setting.

Occupational therapists work with students on many skills needed to fully access their educational environment with the greatest independence possible. The most common skill areas worked on are:

    Fine motor (grasp pattern, finger isolation, hand strength, web space, palmar arches)

    Gross motor and postural control ( playground, navigating school halls, body positioning during work time)

    Bilateral Coordination (cutting, jumping jacks, buttoning)

    Visual perceptual (tracking, “staying in the lines”, recognizing reversals)

    Visual motor integration (handwriting, coloring, drawing, copying)

    Sensory integration and self regulation (maintaining focus and alertness level, sensory breaks, tolerating tactile inputs, making smooth transitions)

    Motor planning and sequencing (imitating postures in PE class, completing multi-step tasks, participating in novel playground games)

Occupational Therapists and COTA’s (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants) working in the schools focus on the following areas:

    Classroom skills, PE class, and playground/recess participation

    Playground and sports participation


    Self-help skills and Activities of Daily Living

    Social participation


    Keeping an organized workspace

    Social Skills

    Transitioning from one environment to another

    Assistive technology needs

    Sensory regulation

    Maintaining focus and optimal level of alertness to learn

    Prevocational and transition needs

Helping Your Child Explore, Grow, & Learn

Busy Bee Therapy Services fulfills the requirements necessary to remain compliant with applicable rules and regulations described by the Utah State Board of Education in conjunction with the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).