Whiting, Colleen

Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Webpage
at the H. Olive Day School
Mrs. Colleen Whiting 
Occupational Therapist, works Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays  

What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapy (OT) is an applied science and health profession that provides skilled treatment to help individuals develop, regain or maintain the skills necessary to participate in all facets of their lives.  OT gives people the "skills for the job of living" necessary for living meaningful and satisfying lives.  
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Occupational Therapy Practitioners
Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the physical, affective, cognitive and environmental components of illness and injury.

As of 2007, most registered occupational therapists (OTR) practicing in the field today possess a Masters (M.S) or Doctoral degree (OTD).  A certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA) generally earns an associate degree.
Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of health care settings, and pass a national examination (NBCOT or National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy).  Most U.S. states also regulate occupational therapy practice (OT's must possess a license within their state).
Information from the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.  5/05

What is the role of the Occupational Therapist in the school?
The occupational therapist works on the acquisition of/or compensations for deficits in  fine motor skills, sensory motor skills, visual motor, and visual perceptual skills, and level of sensory integration.  More specifically, occupational therapists work with students on foundation skills needed for school participation through task analysis, individually selected motor activities, and consultation with team members to modify the environment, the instructional methodology or to support student achievement on a particular class project.  The O.T. reports directly to the Director of Student Support Services and Building Principal. 
Games using the following materials can encourage hand development:
play dough
tearing newspapers 
plant sprayers
dice games
lacing activities
colored water in eye droppers
tissue paper pictures
coins and buttons
wind up toys
cooking activities