Occupational Therapist & Physical Therapist
Mrs. Janine Swartz
Mrs. Stephanie Treat
The occupational therapist is concerned with a person’s ability to participate in daily life activities or “occupations.” In the schools, occupational therapists use their expertise to help children to be prepared for and perform important learning and school-related activities and to fulfill their role as students. They are particularly skilled in facilitating access to the curriculum for all students through supports, design planning, assistive technology, and other methods. Additionally, they play a critical role in training parents, other staff members, and caregivers regarding educating students with diverse learning needs.
At Murphy School, the occupational therapist supports academic and non-academic outcomes including: social skills, math, reading, writing, self-help skills, motor planning skills, and sensory integration. She works as part of the special education team and often works with other specialists to present a more holistic and motivating approach for addressing students' needs.
The physical therapist helps to assist children with disabilities to benefit from special education. They focus on helping a child move as independently as possible within the school environment. The school physical therapist evaluates the child’s ability to participate in classroom activities.
A team decides whether a student with a disability qualifies for school physical therapy. They will meet to determine if the child has a disability, needs special education, and requires other services such as physical therapy.
The physical therapist's individualized program will enable the student to make their way through the building, including restrooms, the cafeteria, and managing stairs, along with participating in classroom activities.