This year, we have formed a partnership with Georgia State not only to receive free speech

and language therapy, but also to receive occupational therapy from graduate level


What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapists (OTs) focus on helping people do their everyday activities. For

children, OTs help specifically with fine motor, visual-perceptual, and cognitive skills in

addition to working on sensory-processing issues. All of these skills are vital to a child’s

experiences in school, in play, and at home.

Why do children facing homelessness need OT?

For students at Atlanta Children’s Shelter, trauma negatively impacts their ability to

reach developmental milestones. Trauma affects all the skills listed above, but especially

cognitive skills and sensory-processing skills. Often, children with trauma process

their social environment with hypervigilance or with disassociation. For children

with severe trauma, they often waver between the two extremes.

In working on these sensory-processing skills and working on cognitive skills that interpret

them, occupational therapists can help our students manage their physiological

and emotional responses to everyday activities.

We could not be more excited about this partnership and all

the ways it will improve the lives of our students!