Occupational Therapy

Administrative Contact

Sheila Arad
Supervisor of NTDSE Programs
847-965-9040 x1106

Service Description

Occupational Therapists at NTDSE provide assessment and intervention for students between the ages of 3 and 22 who present with a variety of motor skill, sensory processing and functional performance deficits that adversely impact their ability to fully participate in their educational programs. Issues addressed in therapy may include strength, endurance, posture, positioning, fine and visual motor skills, hand-eye coordination, self-help/self-care skills, and sensory processing needs. The occupational therapists at NTDSE are trained to provide school-based services and have received specialized training in Sensory Integration, Neurodevelopmental Treatment, PECS, SOS Feeding, Handwriting Without Tears, social-emotional behavior, inclusion, non-verbal learning disabilities, the ALERT Program, assistive technology, and various strategies focused on best practices for educating students with autism and cognitive and physical disabilities in the least restrictive environment. The occupational therapists at NTDSE participate in continuing education on a regular basis and provide clinical supervision for occupational therapy students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Team Approach

The occupational therapists at NTDSE are members of multidisciplinary educational teams. They collaborate with teachers, teacher assistants, social workers, speech pathologists, physical therapists and intervention specialists to help facilitate student participation in academic, functional and social activities across the curriculum. Occupational therapists at NTDSE also consult with general education teachers, parents and outside service providers to promote student independence and progress at school, at home and in the community.


The occupational therapists at NTDSE integrate both high and low technology tools and strategies into therapy. Some of these include iPads, SmartBoards, Tap-It Boards, visual supports (Boardmaker, SticKids, Writing With Symbols), and word prediction software.

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