Occupational Therapy with Children

Explore the field of occupational therapy.


  • Essential Question: What is occupational therapy (OT) all about?
  • Area(s) of Study: Health Sciences
  • Amount of credit earned: one elective credit
  • Community Partner: occupational therapists


  • Observation and confidentiality – respect information acquired and understand the link between therapist/patient relationship and student confidentiality.
  • Medical conditions – understand the connection between various medical condition and the benefits of OT services.
  • Skill sets and strategies – Demonstrate understanding of of how a child’s cognitive, physical, social and emotional skills impact their engagement in daily living.
  • Problem solving – Understanding therapy language. Maintain focus on short and long term goals when working with children.

See the detailed ELO description for the full text of these competencies.

Student Activities

  1. Under the direction of the therapist, lead and assist with activities with children.
  2. Meet with therapist prior to a child’s session to discuss daily plan.
  3. Fine Motor Activities: how to draw a straight line, writing their name, picking up toys, using scissors and manipulating putty to increase hand strength and dexterity.
  4. Gross Motor Development:  Supervise obstacle course which involved child climbing, sliding, crawling, tumbling and jumping. Hand-eye coordination activities such as catching and throwing while on the obstacle course.
  5. Visual Memory: memorization cards with numbers and letters, puzzles to assist with building brain development.
  6. Complete therapy language assignments given by therapist in order to become familiar with different strategies and terminology used in Occupational Therapy.
  7. Observe the process of re-evaluation, comparing children of same chronological age.
  8. Journaled patients on a daily basis, noting what was implemented and growth/changes of student over the course of the year.


  • Progress meetings with student, ELO Coordinator and therapists.
  • Completion of a midterm and final student assessment by the community partner.
  • ELO Coordinator’s student observations at the business site.
  • Presentation meeting to discuss and demonstrate learning.
  • Student’s willingness to speak about the ELO experiences to the School Board.

More information

For students

  • Be patient, there is a lot to learn and you can relate your learning to the patients you observe.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, as silly as you think they might be.
  • It’s beneficial to observe various styles and techniques of the therapist.
  • Ask for assignments from therapist to help understand the content and language used.
  • Depending on the clientele, observe different ages, gender and medical condition of the children.

For ELO Coordinators

  • Give yourself plenty of time when looking for an cccupational therapist.
  • If possible, find a facility with more than one therapist and a sizable clientele.

This ELO was submitted by Holly Londo, School to Career/Transition Coordinator at Windham High School. Email Holly for more information