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Tamworth Schools Recruit Occupational Therapist to Help Children With Motor and Emotional Issues | The daily leader of the North

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A NEW program, requested by parents, will see an occupational therapist based in several schools across the city. Chloe Levoi has just moved to Tamworth for the role, which is run by Newcastle University, and will help children across a range of schools and levels. She hopes the work will help students educationally and personally. “The program I work for is an occupational therapy program in schools, so I work with a range of age groups, from kindergarten through high school,” she said. “We focus on developing fine and gross motor skills, handwriting, sensory processing, emotional regulation, and other skills necessary for students to successfully fulfill their roles as students.” Ms Levoi completed a 10-week placement in an occupational therapist role at Tamworth as part of her degree last year, and said she was aware that healthcare services can be hard to come by, particularly when These are specialized services for children. “With rural areas, like Tamworth, accessing health services such as occupational therapists and pediatricians can be a long process, people can be on waiting lists for months and sometimes even years,” said she declared. She said her program was designed to help students who would otherwise have fallen through the cracks, whether by intervening in the whole class or working with children individually. For the first part of the year, Ms. Levoi will work primarily with kindergarten and first grade students, and will then focus on high school, caring for students in grades 7 through 12. READ ALSO: She is eager to immerse herself in the program and get to know the students, and said her passion for the field of work is the result of several good experiences at university, as well as conversations with d other people who have played similar roles. “I attended an open house at college to explore my options and started talking to a student at the time who was studying the same degree,” she said. “After having a conversation with her and talking about what she does and her role, it felt like something I really wanted to pursue, with lots of hands-on work helping others and making a difference in their lives. It wasn’t until around third year that I developed a passion for my role, just by having amazing placement experiences, I had some really rewarding experiences and made me love what I was doing. Ms Levoi is currently at Tamworth on a 12-month contract, but there will be plenty hoping her passion for the role continues to blossom, with an option for a contract extension included in the programme. Our journalists are working hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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