Occupational Therapist

This professional helps to improve motor functions. An occupational therapist diagnoses arm and hand weaknesses and also determines whether a student has sensory motor difficulties. The student may work with an occupational therapist in the classroom, in a “pull-out” during school, or after school. An occupational therapist is a wonderful resource to the teacher, suggesting adaptations and modifications to assist in learning (e.g., fine motor tasks such as cut- ting, coloring, and handwriting). The occupational therapist may also be resourceful in suggesting various sensory supports to help improve student focus and attention. The occupational therapist can be a valuable member of the IEP team.