Welcome to 2016-2017 school year!
Welcome to Occupational Therapy!!!
Bienvenidos a Terapia Ocupacional!!!
November 22, 2016, at 8:30 am at LaMonte School for the Preschool
Noviembre 22, 2016 a las 8:30 am en la escuela LaMonte
My name is Maritcelly Mendez. I am the bilingual Occupational Therapist for Bound Brook School District. I obtained my degree at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Science Campus in June 2001. I have over 15 years of experience including in and out-of-district settings. I also work at a children rehabilitation hospital. These experiences have given me the opportunity to work with a variety of diagnoses and levels: physical, cognitive and emotional. I have completed a variety of certifications that have expanded my knowledge and skills in my field.
I am excited to be part of Bound Brook School District. I believe that every child should have the least restrictive environment with a variety of opportunities to learn, reaching each student potential, based on their level and learning abilities. We are all part of the team to educate each student, reach their potential, and maximize their independence for a greater success in school and life.
Ø What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is the art and science of the analysis and application of meaningful activities to restore, reinforce, and enhance performance; to facilitate learning of those skills and functions essential for adaptation, productivity, and engagement; to diminish or correct pathology, and to promote and maintain health.
Occupational therapy offers expertise that encourages students engagement in occupation/activities that promote successful participation in school and community environments. The occupations of school include, but are not limited to: educational tasks (such as writing, reading, pre-vocational training, and participation in academic subjects), activities of daily living (such as eating, dressing, hygiene, and functional mobility that includes the ability to maneuver about the school environment and/or maintain posture in a chair or at a desk), social participation (such as recess participation and appropriate social skills in the school environments), and play and leisure activities (such as classroom, recess, and extracurricular activities). Occupational therapy practitioners possess the expertise and knowledge to address students’ performance skills needs (motor, cognitive/learning, organizational, sensory, and social/interaction skills), performance patterns (role, habits, and routines), and client factors (body structures and functions).
Occupational therapist uses educational, vocational, rehabilitation activities and adaptive approaches to help people of all ages with physical, psychosocial, or environment challenges to learn or regain the skills or adaptive techniques they need to participate fully in value life roles and activities.
Ø Website for more information, free printouts, and activities to do home.
Your Therapy Source:
Sensory Processing Foundation:
Handwriting Without Tears:
OT mom Learning Activities:
Parent of Autistic Children:
Link to State of New Jersey Special Education Site:
Center for Disease Control and Prevention Developmental Milestones:
Somerset County Parks