What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy is a health care profession aimed at helping people to live life to its fullest.  This includes participating in the activities that a person wants and needs to do, no matter what injury, illness, condition, disability, lifestyle, or environment stands in the way.  Occupational therapists help people to perform, modify, or adapt their skills and activities in order to live healthier, happier, and more productive lives. 

Schools provide occupational therapy when a child with a disability requires this related service to assist the child to benefit from special education.  Occupational therapists use purposeful activity to facilitate a child's participation in self-maintenance; academic and vocational pursuits; and play or leisure activities that occur in the school environment.  Using direct and indirect services, as well as assistive technology and environmental modifications, school occupational therapists collaborate with parents, teachers and other educational staff to help implement a child's special education program.