Parents, teachers, and students are busy preparing for the 2021 - 2022 school year. The Rise Therapy & Wellness staff are dedicated to supporting our families transition back to school after a year of virtual and hybrid learning. Occupational therapists are uniquely trained to assist students, teachers, and families to ensure the positive academic outcomes from helping children strengthen executive functioning skills (i.e. attention, planning and prioritizing, stress tolerance), sensory processing skills, fine motor and handwriting skills and more. Our skilled practitioners has received an increasing amount of requests from caregivers to advocate for their children in a school setting. Rise Therapy & Wellness extends services beyond a traditional outpatient setting.
COVID-19, the global pandemic has most likely resulted in a regression or increasingly challenges for individuals with sensory processing challenges. Marie Bell, OTRL and co-owner of Rise Therapy & Wellness describes her own sensory processing difficulties with clothing as challenging. Caregivers and parents frequently report that their children have difficulty tolerating certain textures with dressing and eating, sleep difficulties and challenges tolerating transitions and changes to the schedule. Marie suggests preparing children a few weeks prior to the first day of school by establishing and maintaining a routine, healthy sleep habits, and talk to your children to prepare them for upcoming changes. Many children thrive with a visual schedule to reduce anxious behaviors and prepare them for upcoming changes.
Contact Rise Therapy & Wellness today to find out how occupational therapy supports positive academic outcomes!