A day in the life of an . . . occupational therapist

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Hi I’m Bec and I’m an occupational therapist with School Support Services.  I joined SALDA in 2017 to work on the development of our handouts and Online Learning Modules. I get to do something different each and every day, as well as meet educators and students with Language Disorder all across Queensland.  Here’s a taste of what I get up to day to day.

Working with students

When visiting schools I complete classroom observations and SALDA’s Informal Multidisciplinary Assessment to investigate strengths and areas of needs that may impacting student participation in the classroom.

classroom observations

Classroom observations help us to understand how the student participates in the class as a member, interact with peers and follow instructions in the context of the classroom.  It helps ensure our observations and assessment are consistent with performance in class.

building rapport

We get visit students all around Queensland and it is important to build rapport even though we only see them for a brief period of time. It’s great to discuss their interests and incorporate these into setting goals for these students.

team work

We work in a transdisciplinary model with speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, educators, physiotherapist and psychologist. This enables us to have a more holistic understanding of the student and understand their needs from the perspective of other professionals.

Find out more about School Support Services: https://salda.org.au/school-support-services/


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