• Occupational Therapy
    Providing Thoughtful and Individualized Services for Every Child, Birth through High School
     
    Our Goal
     
    Through the use of purposeful activity, the Occupational Therapy Department provides meaningful interventions that promote growth and development in targeted areas thereby enhancing educational performance skills. We view the child, the child’s school environment and the interaction between the two in a holistic way. It is the dynamic nature of this interaction that is central to our treatment philosophy.

    Comprehensive Services

    In order to meet the individualized needs of all Lake Drive Program students, a wide variety of Occupational Therapy program options are offered. Intervention may occur in the OT/PT treatment room or in the classroom; where practicing targeted skills in a natural context has been shown to enhance performance.
    • Individual and/or Small Group treatment sessions are provided. Consultation with professional and paraprofessional staff is an integral part of any student’s OT program and occurs weekly.
    • OT provides services designed to support students in their Mainstream or Inclusion Programming.
    • Independent Living Skills Program provides intervention within a variety of functional curriculum contexts.
    • Vocational Skills Training support is collaboratively developed with education staff and provided to high school students participating in the Morris County Vocational School programs.
    • Handwriting and Assistive Technology Programs are collaboratively developed, implemented, and supported in the classroom.
    • Adaptive Equipment needs are assessed and monitored for all Lake Drive Program students. This includes appropriate classroom, lunchroom, and therapy seating arrangements as well as provision of specialized materials that may enhance educational performance skills.
    • Home Programs are provided and parent collaboration encouraged.
    • Screening Program and, when indicated, Occupational Therapy Evaluation are provided at no charge.

    Our Staff

    Our staff, of full-time Registered and Licensed Pediatric Occupational Therapists, is highly trained in the analysis of the neurobiological foundations for skilled movement control, learning and behavior. Advanced training and/or certificates are held in the following areas:
    • Assistive Technology
    • Augmentative Communication
    • Baby Treatment
    • Dysphagia Treatment
    • FloorTime (DIR)
    • Graphomotor Skill Development
    • Hearing Loss
    • Independent Living Skills Development
    • Motor Learning
    • Myofacial Release
    • Neuro-Developmental Therapy
    • Oculomotor Training
    • Play Therapy
    • Sensory Processing Disorders
    • Visual Impairment