As a part of Sparrow’s dedication to the growth mindset in our educational approach, we believe in the benefits of occupational therapy for learners who struggle with balance, coordination and motor skills. All these skills help children to complete everyday tasks, improving the way they learn and function at school.
With a focus on improving fine and gross motor skills, motor planning, coordination, organisation and self-regulation in learners who may have issues like these, occupational therapy utilises activities and exercises to build skills that are weaker.
Occupational therapy’s benefits are even greater when started early, not least because the ability to complete basic tasks helps to foster confidence and build self-esteem in learners, too.
As such, occupational therapy is not just a type of physical therapy – although the exercises employed by occupational therapists are often of a physical nature, in order to improve motor and other skills – but rather, OT becomes a body-and-mind therapy which also knowledge about psychosocial development and disorders.
Learners who struggle with a range of issues or skills related to their learning might benefit from receiving occupational therapy.
Visual processing issues, dyslexia, executive functioning issues, sensory processing issues, problems with focus, and organisational issues can all be addressed by focused occupational therapy.
The benefits of occupational therapy also extend to the classroom as a whole. Learning comes more easily when basic tasks can be easily completed and the attention is focused. Using this approach, classroom peers are also able to focus on learning more, and educators are able to teach more easily.
All in all, occupational therapy is highly beneficial to the learners who receive it, laying strong foundations for future learning, and allowing them to embark on a successful professional journey after school.