Welcome to Occupational Therapy at Middle School North. My name is Anke Girolamo and I am one of Howell Township School District's Occupational Therapists. I am considered itinerant; therefore, I am at multiple schools in the district throughout the week. I enjoy working with children of all ages and have the pleasure of working at Middle School North. I love the Occupational Therapy profession and its role in promoting functional independence, and helping each student reach his or her maximum potential. I look forward to working with your child!
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy (OT) is a health care profession that enables individuals to engage in activities that make up everyday life. Occupational Therapists utilize purposeful, goal-directed activities in the treatment of individuals. The goal is to help the individual achieve his/her maximum potential by teaching skills and/or modifying tasks or environments to promote success and independence.
What is an Occupation?
"Occupation" refers to the many activities that are done on a daily basis that have meaning to an individual. A child's main occupation is play and being a student, so many of the treatment strategies and techniques that are used incorporate fun-filled, experiences to enrich, promote, and develop each child's functional skills.
What is School-Based Occupational Therapy?
- Helps a student to fulfill his/her role as a student by supporting his/her academic achievement and promoting skills and behaviors necessary for learning
- Addresses a student's functional limitations that are impacting his/her ability to effectively participate in academic-related activities
- Focuses on improving skills in order for a student to access the curriculum and school environment
- Supports a student in reaching his/her curriculum-based goals
- Supports academic, behavioral, and functional performance