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Occupational
Therapy

Occupational Therapy

School occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are key contributors within the New Story Schools education team. They help students by supporting their academic achievement and promoting positive behaviors necessary for learning. School occupational therapists support academic and behavioral and therapeutic outcomes, including social skills, math, reading and writing, self-help skills, prevocational/vocational participation and more.

Occupational therapy practitioners have specific knowledge and expertise to increase participation in school routines throughout the day.

Interventions include:

  • Reducing barriers that limit student participation within the school environment
  • Providing assistive technology to support student success
  • Supporting the needs of students with significant challenges, such as by helping to determine methods for alternate educational assessment and learning
  • Helping to identify long-term goals for appropriate post-school outcomes
  • Helping to plan relevant instructional activities for ongoing implementation in the classroom
  • Preparing students for successfully transitioning into appropriate post–high school employment, independent living, and/or further education

Other Services

Learn more about our other Educational Services and Behavioral and Therapeutic Services below.

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Social-Emotional Learning

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process of understanding and managing...

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Counseling

The goal of counseling at New Story Schools is to enhance the student’s participation...

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Trauma Informed Approach

A trauma informed approach shifts the focus from what the behavior of concern...

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