- 1:1 or 1:4
- Whole class or year group.
- Select children.
- Therapist administered.
- School staff administered (therapist scores).
- Work samples
Staff Talk or Workshop
EG: “Motor skills required for pre or early literacy attaintment.”
Parent Talk or Workshop
EG: “Helping my child to be ready for Kindergarten.”
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Possible Roles within Your School
We pride ourselves on developing customized services unique to your school and its students. We have outlined some possibilities; it is by no means conclusive, rather a guide. Please contact us to discuss your school’s needs and budgets and how we may work collaboratively to achieve best outcomes for your students.
An annual screening program in the early years is highly advised to identify those children who require support to develop foundation skills necessary for optimal learning. Any year group can be screened upon request.
Screening may be informal or formal or a combination of both.
Examples of informal screening include:
Formal screenings may:
Post screen, your therapist(s) can provide you with feedback and recommendations based on the outcome of individual students or cohort. You may request a meeting to discuss findings in person in addition to the written report which we provide within the costing of the screen.
An assessment may be warranted based on a student’s performance during a screening measure. In addition to which, a teacher may initiate a referral based on referral guidelines provided or professional opinion. Parents may also instigate a referral.
Most individual assessments in schools AIM currently services are privately funded; they include standardized assessments, clinical observations, parent and teacher questionnaires and / or interviews. Parents are encouraged to attend initial assessments to meet the therapist and provide valuable background information, they are also asked to complete online assessment form prior to the appointment as it allows clinician to prepare suitable items for assessment.
Assessment may occur at the student’s school or at AIM’s office dependent on clinician’s timetabling and parental work commitments.
A written report is highly recommended and incurs a set fee in addition to the assessment appointment fee. A copy of report is available for classroom teacher dependent on consent having been provided to share or disclose information.
There is also the possibility for assessments to be funded by schools. With AIM’s current school partnerships a small percentage of assessments are funded by schools. In general this occurs when the school has observed a trend in students not possessing foundation skills upon entering the school combined with socio-economic factors hindering families from pursuing private assessment. We are able to discuss with you which students are at greatest risk and assist you in prioritizing your assessment budget.
Families can choose where therapy will take place dependent on their child’s age, needs and family commitments. For many, school based therapy is regarded as the ideal option; it minimizes absences from school, promotes a direct relationship with classroom teacher and is convenient for time poor families.
Intervention is tailor made to the individual needs of the child. Some examples of privately funded therapy that we are able to provide within your school include:
Families are encouraged to complete home practice between appointments. ‘Homework’ is given at each session and a detailed home program provided upon request.
We are able to offer assistance with training and development; tailor made to your requirements.
Would your school benefit from?
1. A staff talk or workshop on:
2. A parent talk or workshop on:
Or does your school have other learning needs that we may be able to provide a practical and enlightening presentation on?
We can review existing programs within your school and consult with you on how they may be improved. Perhaps your handwriting program needs updating? Or your 3 year old Kindergarten program may benefit from guidance in planning activities according to the developmental continuum, to ensure that precursor skills are achieved? Maybe you are already providing a support service for children with identifiable fine motor difficulties and you want to make the most of existing resources and time? These are just a few of the areas where we may be able to provide support to your school.
Universal design within the classroom and school environment is another potential role for our consultants; we are able to advise you on easy to implement activities and environmental changes that optimize learning for students.
The consultative service can be devised to allow teachers to ‘call on’ the Occupational Therapist when they are seeking advice within their class, be it for an individual child or a group of children. Access to the therapist can be extended to parents. Being able to discuss concerns with the Occupational Therapist may allow them to identify if a referral is warranted and who else may need to be involved.
AIM Occupational Therapy for Children has had the privilege of providing a service within many schools since its inception in 2009 and in more recent years formed partnerships with several schools.
Carmel School, DIANELLA 2012 – Present
Roles have included:
Testimonial by Lynda Fisher, Principal for Carmel Primary School
“Life is busy and complicated for all. Having an OT service on site enables all to win. Parents are not taking exhausted students to specialist sessions after school, teachers communicate with the OT to ensure they are up to speed on student performance at all times and then the OT in turn advises the teacher of how to support the student in their OT programme. Win win is the outcome for all using an informed well supported programme.”
St Kieran Catholic Primary School, TUART HILL 2011 – Present
Roles have included:
East Hamersley Primary School, HAMERSLEY 2014 – Present
Roles have included:
Carine Primary School, CARINE 2017 – Present
Loreto Primary School, NEDLANDS 2017 – Present
St Stephen’s School, DUNCRAIG 2017 – Present
Lake Joondalup Baptist College, JOONDALUP 2017 – Present
Assumption Catholic Primary School, MANDURAH 2014 – Present
Roles have included: