Alaan, Mrs. J.

Jessica Alaan, MS, OTR
Crayons

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!  I am back after my maternity leave and cannot wait to see how all of the children have grown over the last five months!
I am happy to be back in the Long Hill Township Schools for my ninth year as the district's registered occupational therapist.  Prior to working in Long Hill Township I worked for four years in public and private schools and a private practice setting in Northern New Jersey. 
Since starting in Long Hill, I have taken all courses necessary to become Level I certified in "Handwriting without Tears". I take several continuing education courses a year to further my knowledge and skills.  Courses I have taken include but are not limited to; self-regulation and sensory integration, vision and vestibular processing, therapeutic handling, therapeutic taping and sound based therapies.  I also hold an advanced Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy.
 
You can contact me by calling 908-647-2313 ext. 1001 or via email at alaan @ longhill.org. Please be mindful that I do travel between schools; therefore, it may take me 24 hours to receive a voicemail message and return your phone call.
 
 I spend my time in Gillette, Millington and Central Schools working closely with the students, as well as the teachers, in order to facilitate the maximum level of gains. I use various approaches when working with the children; including sensory integration, motor skill acquisition and strengthening. I have found that a combination of all approaches maximizes gains. During the occupational therapy sessions, I use games and activities that are internally motivating for the children and address as many areas as possible through play# Occupational therapy sessions are delivered individually, in small groups, in class and through consultation depending on the needs of the individual student.
Attached is a Youtube video of myself completing a shoe tying demonstration.
 
 
Handwriting without Tears
 
Pencils  
Handwriting without Tears is the program I most often use when teaching handwriting.  The approach I use depends on the individual child.  For some children I will follow the HWT curriculum, while for others I will utilize HWT strategies in conjunction with strategies from other programs and models.
 
Sensory Processing Disorder
Trampoline
 
The sensory processing websites provide descriptions of sensory processing disorders, including symptoms.  Sensory activities are also included on these sites; however, every child is different and sensory programs should be individualized for your child, based on their needs.  Please contact me if you have specific questions about the most effective sensory techniques that are tailored to your child.
 
Visual Motor Integration and Visual Perception-
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Visual motor integration is the ability to coordinate motor and vision, while visual perception is the ability of the eyes ot accurately interpret what is seen.  Visual perception visual motor integration are necessary foundational skills to complete functional tasks in the school environment.  When deficits with visual motor integration and visual perception exist there may be difficulty in the following areas: coloring, cutting, drawing, writing, copying from the board, reading, math skills and ball skills.  The websites provide information and various activity sites to address deficits with visual motor control and visual perception. Just ten minute increments of work in these areas will be beneficial for helping maintain or further gain visual motor control and visual perception.