By Cindy Campbell
Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people across their lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client's home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.
Area Education Agency 267 (AEA 267) provides occupational therapy services to children and students to allow them to participate and benefit from a free and appropriate education in the least restrictive environment. Occupational therapy services are educationally based and encompass a broad continuum of delivery options based on a problem solving approach. Occupational therapists work with parents, teachers, educational providers, and caretakers in the home, school, or community to meet the educational needs of children, birth through 21 years old.
For more information on the occupational therapy services offered through AEA 267, contact Cindy Campbell, AEA 267 Occupational Therapist at 641-844-2462.
Cindy Campbell is an occupational therapist with Area Education Agency 267, which serves over 65,000 students. In addition, over 5,000 educators rely on AEA 267 for services in special education, school technology, media and instructional/curriculum support. The agency's service area reaches 18 counties and nearly 9,000 square miles.