Support Services

Nicole L. Maher, MS, OTR/L, CHT - Occupational Therapy/Certified Hand Therapist

Miss Nicole

Occupational Therapy Department
Phone:  (716) 988-3291, ext. 3419
Occupational Therapy focuses on building skills for the JOB of LIVING.  This can be with a variety of populations or in numerous settings, including geriatrics, mental health, early intervention, orthopedics, preschool services, ergonomics, acute care, school based, orthotic fabrication, work rehab, driver evaluation, and the list goes on and on. 
For a student enrolled at Pine Valley his or her "occupation" is student.  A school based pediatric Occupational Therapist will address the needs of students allowing them to participate and succeed in the role of student.  This may involve skill building or adaptation of tasks or environment.  School based Occupational Therapists target the areas of physical development, visual skills, activity of daily living (ADLs), and sensory processing. 
At Pine Valley "Miss Nicole" the Occupational Therapist (OT) provides a variety of services to our students.  She utilizes both direct pull-out (outside of the educational setting), direct push-in (within the educational setting), and indirect consultation.  Pine Valley also provides a weekly developmental group to our 2 UPK and 2 Kindergarten classrooms where the students learn developmental skills necessary for academic performance in the later grades.  She sits on the technology team, RTI committees, 504 committees, CPSE/CSE committees, and consults with SST (Student Support Team).  She also volunteers with the Special Olympic Bowling program (SO MUCH FUN).
Who are these Occupational Therapists or OTs???
In NYS an Occupational Therapist must have received a Master's Degree in Occupational Therapy from an accredited college or university and passed a national exam administered by NBCOT.  After initial certification an OT in NYS must be licensed through the Office of Professions and meet the continuing education requirements to renew that license every 3 years.