Occupational & Physical Therapy Services
Within School District No. 33, OT/PT services are provided jointly by the District and Fraser Valley Child Development Centre. Therapists are included in the educational team and use a collaborative approach to plan appropriate intervention to meet individual student needs. Services are usually provided in the school, but may also take place in the home or community as needed.
What We Do...
- Assessment of student needs
- Consultation with educational staff and families
- Program planning
- Inservice training for educational staff
- Liaison with community health agencies
- Involvement with the IEP process
Occupational and Physical Therapists help children to function in their occupation or life roles such as school tasks, play and self-care activities. The goal is to promote functional independence for each student within the school and community and to enhance their educational goals. Specific areas looked at include:
- Sensory processing - sitting still, using play-doh
- Fine motor development - holding pencils, scissors
- Sensory-motor development - drawing, printing, cutting
- Self-care skills - eating, dressing, toileting, hygiene
- Equipment - seating, wheelchairs, commodes, walkers, standers
- Access to technology - computers, word processors
- Gross motor development - balance, coordination
- Mobility in the school environment
- Positioning - floor sitting, chair adaptations
- Orthoses/splits - monitoring fit and use
- Inclusion in the class, school and community
Occupational and Physical Therapists will also collaborate with the primary classroom teachers to adapt the classroom setting to promote functional independence for all children in the class, when requested by the teacher.
Who We See
We primarily service students with developmental challenges such as spina bifida, cerebral palsy, autism, and genetic disorders. We also see some students with fine motor, gross motor, coordination and sensory challenges on a limited basis.
Parents and caregivers are asked to discuss their concerns with the classroom teacher who can refer the child to the school-based team. The school-based team, with written parental consent, refers the student to OT/PT through Student Services. Primary teachers, who would like a classroom assessment, can contact the OT assigned to the school directly.
How to Contact Staff Directly:
- Cheryl Vinchoff, BScOT
Student Services - Phone: 604.792.1321 (1726)
- Kate Onos-Gilbert, BScOT
Student Services - Phone: 604.792.1321 (1770)
- Erin Schroeder, BScOT
Student Services - Phone: 604.792.1321 (1755)
- Lauren Esterhuizen, BCcPT
Student Services - Phone: 604.792.1321 (1716)