OT Developed, and Implemented by All
Although the program is lead by OTs, it requires the support and participation of recess supervisors, school staff, administration, students and families. Why OT? Occupational therapists are skilled in knowing how to help individuals participate successfully in their daily activities, including recess, by enhancing skills or modifying the environment or the activity1. An important aspect of this program is to ensure that all students with and without disabilities and/or mental health challenges are fully integrated into recess and are able to participate and enjoy active play and social interaction with peers. OT's analyze the social, emotional, physical and sensory aspects of participation in order to make the modifications needed for successful participation.
Who else can help provide this program?
- Recess supervisors
- Parent volunteers
- Teachers – General and Special Educators
- Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs)
- Physical Education teachers and Health Educators
- School nurses
- School Counselors
- School Psychologists
1 American Occupational Therapy Association. (2012). Recess promotion. Retrieved from http://www.aota.org/-/media/Corporate/Files/Practice/Children/SchoolMHToolkit/Recess%20Promotion.pdf