California Deafblind Services

Who's Who: Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist Jill Brody discusses her work with deaf-blind students.  Posted 9/1/10.

View parts 1, 2, and 3 below on this webpage, or click on the lower right-hand corner to watch on YouTube.

 Part 1 of 3 (Video length: 7:13)


  • What is occupational therapy?
  • Are there any misconceptions about your discipline you would like to address in order to clarify your roles and responsibilities?
  • What can occupational therapists do for students who are deaf-blind?

Part 2 of 3 (Video length: 7:08)


  • How else might you intervene with a deaf-blind child?
    •     Balance
    •     Play with a purpose
  • What knowledge and skills do you bring to students' educational teams?
    •     OT assessments
    •     Developing the sense of touch

Part 3 of 3 (Video length: 9:14)


  • Is there a difference between what you are trained to do and what you actually do for students who are deaf-blind?
  • What is sensory integration?
  • Do your services change with the age of the student, and if so, how?
  • How do you share your expertise with others on the child's educational team, including family members, so that your goals are integrated into the  student's home and school lives?
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?