It can be a real challenge to run a classroom of 25 (or more!) children with a variety of needs. The classroom may be a collection of children with attention challenges, physical disabilities, sensory needs, and typically developing kids…all with a variety of personalities and specific needs. All of this while trying to fit in all of the curriculum requirements, special activities, testing, and more.
A teacher can struggle to find the tools that the classroom needs for learning! Every day, school-based occupational therapists collaborate and work right in the classrooms, and can be a power source of information that can help the whole classroom. So many times, teachers are seeking out strategies for their classroom…but just don’t have time to find the answers they need. That’s where this website comes in.
The OT Toolbox is the place to be if you are looking for tools to meet a variety of needs. You’ll find a variety of topics here, but some of the main ones are listed below. If there is something specific you are looking for, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Chances are, if you are looking for resources on a certain therapy topic, than others are too.
Read on for activities, ideas, and resources for teachers and anyone working in the school environment. School-based OTs will find this page very helpful, too!
Tools for Teachers
We have many in-depth resources here on The OT Toolbox. You will be interested in some of the free printables, email series, and mini-courses. These resources can be used in many different ways. While, the printables here are not a replacement for therapy or a means of treatment, they can be used by therapists in a variety of ways, including to educate parents, teachers, clinicians, or other professionals. They can also be printed off and used over and over again in treatment sessions or in home program development. As clinicians, we know the importance of an individualized approach with resources like these.
Free Resources for Teachers and School-Based OTs
Go through the printable resources listed below. All of these are free.