A child's occupation in the school is learning.
Children cannot sit and be contained in a classroom seven hours a day without motor gross movement. Our bodies do not function well like this. We need a wide range of movement, and interaction with others and the environment to function at our optimum.
When a child acts out or steps out of line in the hallway, a lot of times, it is taken or seen as disobeying rules, when it really may be about the child's body needing larger movements to calm their sensory systems.
Pretending to be animals is something fun and usually familiar to children. The children in this program range from six years old to 10 years old, but incorporating movement into lessons shouldn't be limited to elementary school, children of all ages benefit from movement in the classroom.
If a student has motor delays that will affect their performance in the classroom. If a child is having a difficult time performing a task, OT's are known for getting children to participate. We like to encourage teachers and administrators to utilize the school OT, when a child in the classroom is not functioning in the school environment.
OT's can work with children in the classroom individually or with the group.