Jenny Clark


OT Services From a Distance for Students with Autism and Other Special Needs

When COVID 19 hit last Spring, education moved to an online format with all OT students getting teletherapy. There were many families who did not have internet access, a computer, or even basic school items at home. Listen to Jenny’s audio podcast to get ideas for a teletherapy ‘OT Home Kit’ that can start your school year off with assurance that students will get effective teletherapy. If you are interested in ideas for therapy activities using the items in the OT Home Kit, click on Jenny’s Facebook post for her July monthly newsletter ‘Clark Comments’.

As a pediatric occupational therapist working in schools, my priority is to provide best practice occupational therapy services to the students who have OT services on their IEP’s. When COVID 19 hit last Spring and 4th quarter learning and therapy was all online, I discovered that there were many families who did not have internet access, a computer, or even basic resources at home such as scissors and glue. So, for the start of this school year and online therapy, I created a list of items for an ‘OT Home Kit’ with a variety of reusable items that can be used for tele OT sessions and home activities. Here is a list of items in each kit. All kit items fit nicely inside a zippered pencil bag.

OT Home Kit Supply List

  • Wikki Stix
  • Silly Putty
  • Play Dough
  • Scissors
  • Box of Crayons
  • Markers
  • Glue stick
  • Pencils
  • Pencil grip
  • Mini Pencil Sharpener
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pony beads
  • Buttons
  • Clothes pins
  • Tongs
  • Pom poms
  • Plastic pennies
  • Dice
  • Stencils
  • Deck of mini playing cards
  • Calming Sensory Strategies Cards
  • Yoga Brain Break Cards
  • Breathing Exercise Cards

If you are interested in ideas for learning and therapy activities using these items, click on my Facebook post for my July monthly newsletter ‘Clark Comments’.