Hello Teachers, Parents, and Caregivers!
I will be your occupational therapist (OT) this school year! I wanted to take a second to introduce myself for those who haven’t met me yet.
My name is Jamie Estess, and I have two amazing sons, a wonderful husband, and two cats. I love cats! (You should know this about me.) I enjoy reading, laughing, playing piano, juice boxes, and baking. I also love being an occupational therapist. I get to sneak in skill building while I play with kids–who wouldn’t love that?!
Occupational therapy (OT) is a misleading term, because the majority of OTs really don’t help people obtain a job. In the school system, OTs do a lot of things! However, our main job is to help your student succeed in their educational program.
- OTs assess and address motor skills and coordination, sensory processing skills, positioning, environmental set up, and life skills needed to participate in school-related tasks.
- OTs consult with the student’s teacher and other professionals in the school system to better serve your student.
- OTs also work directly with the student on various skills and abilities to help them engage in meaningful learning experiences.
Many of you receive OT, PT, and/or speech services in a private clinic. You’ll notice there are a lot of differences between school-based therapy and private clinic-based therapy. I typically see your student less frequently than a private therapist, as I also only address things that affect their educational program. I am happy to, with your written permission, collaborate with your student’s private therapist to improve participation in the school setting!
During distance learning, I will be contacting you through a variety of methods. I hope to provide therapy services through Microsoft Teams (your student’s school login will give you access to Teams), though I may also call or email you as needed. You can contact me between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:00 pm via email or mobile number provided in my direct emails to you.
I am here to serve you and help your student to the best of my ability. I look forward to this year, even though I know it will look very different!
Jamie Estess, OTR/L, CLT