Occupational therapists (OTs) help children and adults to complete the activities of daily living, promote independence, and participate in meaningful activities (or “occupations”). Although people often think of “occupations” as work or a job, occupations can mean any activity a person engages in. This can include self-care, play and leisure activities, and work. For a child, “work” often involves playing, learning, and going to school.
The occupational therapy department at Dandenong Valley SDS work closely with teachers, educational support (ES) staff, parents and other therapists to develop student’s skills that functionally impact upon their learning.
We support students to develop skills in the following areas:
Occupational therapists are also involved in assessing the students’ needs for specialised equipment and/or modified environments in the classroom and school so that students can best access the curriculum and school activities.