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Occupational Therapy

Showing their pride with a handmade sign at Richmond Hill High School in Queens

Showing their pride with a handmade sign at Richmond Hill High School in Queens are (from left) Laura Peguero, a psychology intern, Marie Monterroso, a school psychologist and Christina Duffy, a school based support team family assistant.

Occupational therapists are licensed rehabilitation care professionals who work to restore or improve physical abilities, promote behavioral changes, adapt surroundings, and teach new skills; the goal is to have the student achieve her or his best physical and/or mental functioning in daily life tasks. Occupational therapists provide these services on the referral or prescription of a physician, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner.

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Physical Therapy

Physical therapist Karen Lewis (left) and occupational therapist Denise Gourdine
Physical therapist Karen Lewis (left) and occupational therapist Denise Gourdine with their bulletin board decorated for the day of solidarity at PS 208 in Brooklyn.

A physical therapist is a licensed health care professional who examines and evaluates a student's condition and then plans and administers treatments to promote optimal health. Physical therapists seek to relieve pain, improve the body's movement and function, maintain cardiopulmonary function, restore, maintain and promote optimal physical function; and limit disabilities resulting from injury or disease.

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The staff at PS 721 on Staten Island show their pride and support.
The staff at PS 721 on Staten Island show their pride and support.
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UFT members at PS 65 in Queens gather for a group photo in support of their scho
UFT members at PS 65 in Queens gather for a group photo in support of their school’s occupation and physical therapists.
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Aideen Dela Cruz (left), a physical therapist at PS 449 in the Bronx, shows supp
Aideen Dela Cruz (left), a physical therapist at PS 449 in the Bronx, shows support with Ilana Hirsch, an occupational therapist at PS 163, which is housed in the same building.
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At PS 721 on Staten Island, therapists Kathryn Beckmann and Svetlana Buencamino
At PS 721 on Staten Island, therapists Kathryn Beckmann and Svetlana Buencamino joke around before the group photo.
Miller Photography
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The staff of PS 363 in Manhattan wore red to show their support for occupational
The staff of PS 363 in Manhattan wore red to show their support for occupational and physical therapists.
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UFT members at PS 85 in Queens take time to thank occupational and physical ther
UFT members at PS 85 in Queens take time to thank occupational and physical therapists.
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Smiling for the camera at PS 121 in Brooklyn are (from left) Freda Shafkowitz, a
Smiling for the camera at PS 121 in Brooklyn are (from left) Freda Shafkowitz, a physical therapist; Shayna Lesham, an occupational therapist; Elka Arnold, an occupational therapist; and Taryn Johrdyn, an occupational therapy student.
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Union members at PS 343 in Queens show their union pride.
Union members at PS 343 in Queens show their union pride.
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Physical therapist Karen Lewis (left) and occupational therapist Denise Gourdine
Physical therapist Karen Lewis (left) and occupational therapist Denise Gourdine with their bulletin board decorated for the day of solidarity at PS 208 in Brooklyn.
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Showing their pride with a handmade sign at Richmond Hill High School in Queens

Showing their pride with a handmade sign at Richmond Hill High School in Queens are (from left) Laura Peguero, a psychology intern, Marie Monterroso, a school psychologist and Christina Duffy, a school based support team family assistant.

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The staff at PS 721 on Staten Island show their pride and support.
The staff at PS 721 on Staten Island show their pride and support.
Miller Photography
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UFT members at PS 65 in Queens gather for a group photo in support of their scho
UFT members at PS 65 in Queens gather for a group photo in support of their school’s occupation and physical therapists.
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Aideen Dela Cruz (left), a physical therapist at PS 449 in the Bronx, shows supp
Aideen Dela Cruz (left), a physical therapist at PS 449 in the Bronx, shows support with Ilana Hirsch, an occupational therapist at PS 163, which is housed in the same building.
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At PS 721 on Staten Island, therapists Kathryn Beckmann and Svetlana Buencamino
At PS 721 on Staten Island, therapists Kathryn Beckmann and Svetlana Buencamino joke around before the group photo.
Miller Photography
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The staff of PS 363 in Manhattan wore red to show their support for occupational
The staff of PS 363 in Manhattan wore red to show their support for occupational and physical therapists.
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UFT members at PS 85 in Queens take time to thank occupational and physical ther
UFT members at PS 85 in Queens take time to thank occupational and physical therapists.
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Smiling for the camera at PS 121 in Brooklyn are (from left) Freda Shafkowitz, a
Smiling for the camera at PS 121 in Brooklyn are (from left) Freda Shafkowitz, a physical therapist; Shayna Lesham, an occupational therapist; Elka Arnold, an occupational therapist; and Taryn Johrdyn, an occupational therapy student.
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Union members at PS 343 in Queens show their union pride.
Union members at PS 343 in Queens show their union pride.
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Physical therapist Karen Lewis (left) and occupational therapist Denise Gourdine
Physical therapist Karen Lewis (left) and occupational therapist Denise Gourdine with their bulletin board decorated for the day of solidarity at PS 208 in Brooklyn.
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Showing their pride with a handmade sign at Richmond Hill High School in Queens

Showing their pride with a handmade sign at Richmond Hill High School in Queens are (from left) Laura Peguero, a psychology intern, Marie Monterroso, a school psychologist and Christina Duffy, a school based support team family assistant.