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Enhancing Student Success with Occupational Therapy

Enhancing Student Success with Occupational Therapy
UWC Thailand

Occupational Therapy is a cornerstone service in educational settings, focused on enriching students' engagement and success within their learning environments. By addressing and supporting students' learning and school-related activities, Occupational Therapy is dedicated to assisting children in achieving their educational goals. This involves improving essential functional abilities such as fine motor skills, which are crucial for writing and using school tools, gross motor skills for effective school navigation, and sensory processing abilities for a better interpretation of environmental stimuli.

This academic year, we were delighted to welcome Merryn Atkins, a seasoned Occupational Therapist from New Zealand, to our school community. Merryn has joined us as our dedicated in-school Occupational Therapist, bringing with her a wealth of experience and expertise in a broad spectrum of areas crucial for student development. Her role is instrumental in supporting not only our students but also enhancing the overall school community's wellbeing.

Merryn's proficiency spans across various essential components, including the physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and sensory aspects of performance. She is adept at modifying environments and teaching self-care skills, all aimed at fostering social participation and equipping our students with the necessary tools for success in their academic and personal endeavors. Her presence in our community is a significant asset, ensuring that our students have the support they need to thrive.

Known for her approachable and friendly demeanor, Merryn is keen on promoting the notion that seeking support in these areas is not only beneficial but should be encouraged. She invites parents to engage with her or the learning support team with any concerns or questions, furthering our commitment to maintaining an open and supportive atmosphere for the well-being of our students.

Stay tuned for our next Manta Pulse, where Merryn will share practical tips from an Occupational Therapy perspective, offering valuable insights for parents to support their children's development and success at school.