LessonPix in Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy, known as OT, is designed to help children and adults gain the skills needed to perform the activities (occupations) of their daily life. OT's often take a holistic approach, considering physical, psychological, social, and environmental factors.
LessonPix provides visual supports custom to individual needs. You can create your own custom learning material, but there are ton of ideas ready-to-go in the Sharing Center. Let's look at the different areas in which OT work with their clients and see how LessonPix can help:
- Executive Functioning (Attention, working memory, flexible thinking, self-control)
- Sensory Processing
- Self-Help (ADLs including dressing and toileting)
- Visual Perceptual
- Fine Motor and Gross Motor
- Social Skills and Self-Regulation
- Assistive Technology
"Executive function is a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. We use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage daily life. Trouble with executive function can make it hard to focus, follow directions, and handle emotions, among other things." (Understood.org).
Here are some materials from the sharing center to promote executive functioning skills. Learn More about Executive Functioning Here.
Sensory Processing refers to abilty (or inability) for an individual to synthesize information from the senses. These include the 5 senses (see, hear, taste, touch, and smell) as well as proprioceptive (awarenss of body in space) and vestibular (balance and movement).
Here are some materials from the sharing center to promote sensory processing skills. Learn More About Sensory Processing Here.
To support self-help skills, OT's may work on fine motor skills such as buttoning and zipping, sensory processing such as tolerating textures, and sequencing such as steps to accomplish tasks. Specific OT's may focus on feeding therapy or toileting. Learn More about Self-Help Skills Here.
Here are some materials from the sharing center to promote self-help skills.
Visual perceptual skills are skills that a child uses to make sense of what he or she sees. These include skills such as recognizing letters and numbers, reading signs and maps, finding objects (specific toy in a cabinet), and making crafts.
Here are some materials from the sharing center to promote visual-perceptual skills. Learn More About Visual-Perceptual Skills.
There are many skills that influence handwriting, including fine motor, visual perceptual, visual memory, and sensory feedback. Here are some materials from the sharing center to promote handwriting. Learn more about Handwriting Skills.
Fine motor skills refer to small movements such as picking up small items or manipualting objects. Gross motor skills refer to bigger movements such as rolling and hopping. Here are some activities from the sharing center to promote fine motor and gross motor skills.
Social Skills and Self-Regulation
Social skills are the skills we use to communicate and interact with each other, both verbally and non-verbally, through gestures, body language and our personal appearance. Self-Regulation refers to how we handle our emotions and body in tough situations.
Here are some materials from the sharing center to promote social skills and self-regulation. Learn more about Social Skills and Self-Regulation here.
"Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities." (atia.org) These may be low-tech such as pencil grips, slant boards, and highlighters. Examples of high-tech AT include wheelchairs, text-to-speech software, or speech denerating devices (AAC).
Here are some materials from the sharing center used for assistive technology.
(Occupational Therapy #OT)