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Occupational Therapy

The Community Occupational Therapy Clinic

The University of New England Community Occupational Therapy Clinic (COTC) is committed to community-based teaching and clinical practice by providing service throughout southern Maine.

Occupational therapy practicioners work with children and families to help children fully engage in life's activities (occupations). These occupations allow them to participate in life and give them joy, such as:

  • Play
  • Handwriting
  • Social participation
  • Making friends
  • Accessing community activities (such as playground, school, bus)
  • Feeding, dressing, bathing, toileting
  • School or pre-school tasks
  • Transitioning to school, work, adulthood
  • Pre-vocational
  • Family routines

The Community Occupational Therapy Clinic offers a supportive place to help children participate in activities with peers. The practicioners use an intervention model that focuses on the needs of the child and family and considers many aspets of the child's context (physical, social, psychological, environment, habits, interest, motivations). This model, Model of Human Occupation, is the most evidence-based model of practice in occupational therapy and puts the child and family first, allowing the practitioners to develop intervention specific to the child, school, and family.

The COTC has participated in numerous research studies examining outcomes of this model, and have been involved in national presentations supporting the concepts of the Model of Human Occupation.

The clinicians are trained in many different approaches for intervention, including sensory integration intervention, a type of intervention to help children process tactile, auditory, visual and movement sensations so they can engage in age appropriate activities.


  • Comprehensive evaluation of children with physical, psychological, and/or social issues interfering with the ability to participate in life activities.
  • Intervention to address the needs of children so that they can participate in the activities in which they find meaningful.
  • Intervention approaches may include:
    • Sensory integration
    • Behavioral
    • Developemtnal approaches
    • Play-based
    • Cognitive-behavioral
    • Psychological interventions
    • Identity development
    • Task-based

The Community Occupational Therapy Clinic's experienced practitioners provide services to children in clinic and community settings, including local schools. The clinic provides a playful environment in which to help children develop skills required to participate in school, home, and community activities. The clinicials provide specialized intervention for children's physical sensory, developmental, or behavioral issues. Children may have difficulty with a variety of skills such as:

  • Fine motor
  • Attention
  • Problem-solving
  • Getting along with other children
  • Handling frustration
  • Coping with changes
  • Movement
  • Posture and balance
  • Coordination

Education and Research

The COTC provides educational opportunities for students including:

  • Job shadowing
  • Open houses
  • Fieldwork experiences
  • Opportunities for research
  • Consultation
  • Teacher/school inservice training


For more information or to set up a shadowing experience contact:   

Community Occupational Therapy Clinic                                                                                                                                                                                                                     441 Main Street                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Biddeford, ME 04005                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              (207) 283-1954


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