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Occupational Therapy

Student's at Summit School benefit from a holistic approach to their education and  personal growth.

Summit School’s Occupational Therapists (O.T.s) help our students to be as independent as possible in their daily occupations, which include: 

  • Self-care (dressing, eating, hygiene) 

  • Productivity (school performance, work skills) 

  • Leisure activities (play, extracurricular activities, hobbies)  


We work in conjunction with classroom teachers and the rest of the school team by providing in-class consultation, adaptive strategies and materials, group interventions and individual assessment and intervention. This promotes the students' development and maximizes their performance in the following areas: 

Intervention Areas

Sensory Processing and


Sensory Motor Skills

Fine Motor Skills

Facilitating the processing of

sensory information from the environment and their own bodies in order to achieve and maintain an appropriate level of sensory and emotional regulation so that the students can participate successfully in school activities. 

Visual Perceptual Skills

Supporting the development

 of  body awareness, postural stability, bilateral coordination, eye-hand coordination, and motor planning in order to promote an upright posture and to support participation in physical activities at school and in the community. 

Handwriting Skills

Facilitating the development of hand strength, finger dissociation & strength, grasps, dexterity, 2 hand use; all of which are necessary to manipulate objects and school tools such as pencils and scissors. 

Activities of Daily Living

 These skills help students organize and interpret what they see and give it meaning, paving the way for academic learning such as reading and writing.  We also support the development of  eye movement control (oculo-motor skills) in order to track objects or visually scan a stencil. 

Supporting the students as they learn to grasp and control a pencil in order to form letters correctly and express themselves on paper. 

Supporting independence in the areas of feeding, dressing, hygiene, toileting, food preparation and 


Community Skills

Leisure Skills

Vocational Skills

Encouraging independence in the areas of pedestrian safety, navigation and public transportation to allow the students to travel safely within the community. 

Exploration of pleasurable activities to do during free time to help the student build a meaningful self-identity. 

Supporting the student in the learning of practical skills that would allow them to have more success with a trade or job. 

OT Padlet

Home Ideas and Strategies Padlet

Below you will find the Occupational Therapy Padlet, it is an organized platform of downloadable documents, videos and resources to help encourage strategies for OT development at home or in the community.

Occupational Therapy Team


Deborah Pinsky

OT Department Head


Kevin Lim
Occupational Therapist


Megan Cheung

Occupational Therapist


Liz Wynands

Occupational Therapist


Cornelia Black

Occupational Therapist


Jennifer Hargadon


Occupational Therapist


Francesca Hussey

Occupational Therapist


Margot Shapiro

Occupational Therapist

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