OT and assistive technology make school safer and easier for a child with cerebral palsy

Nathaniel is a 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy. His parents and school staff were worried about his ability to move safely and independently within the school and take part in school activities. Because of his poor fine motor skills, Nathaniel wrote slowly, in a handwriting that was often hard to read.

An OT worked with Nathaniel, his parents and school staff to come up with ways to help him stay safe and independent in school, and enable him to do the school work. A supportive chair was suggested so he could sit at a regular desk in the classroom with his peers. The door of the accessible bathroom was adjusted so Nathaniel could open and close the door himself, and a supportive frame was put on the toilet for safety. The OT also helped Nathaniel develop his typing skills and taught him how to use assistive software.

Thanks to these changes, Nathaniel is able to manage better at school and keep up with the schoolwork.