Occupational Therapy is a recognized healthcare profession dedicated to helping people of all ages live as independently as possible. Occupational Therapists help children and adults learn functional skills that are used in their daily lives. For children, this may mean improved play skills, increased independence with self-care skills or improved socialization.
Occupational Therapists work with people who have physical, cognitive, behavioral, and other challenges with life skills. The Occupational Therapist may recommend various types of adapted equipment to improve an individual’s quality of life and promote independence.
Occupational Therapy may include upper extremity strengthening, training to improve self-help skills (eating, dressing, grooming), visual-motor activities, eye-hand coordination activities, sensory integration strategies, training with adapted eating utensils, recommendation, and implementation of upper extremity splints. Our Occupational Therapist also makes recommendations of Assistive Technology (from pencil adaptations to switches for computer access and communication devices) or Adapted Equipment and provides the student’s family with training.
In addition, Occupational Therapists provide training and education for family members. Daily home activities to promote each individual’s skills are encouraged.
Occupational Therapists work collaboratively with Educators, Physical Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Nurses, Physicians, and other health care professionals to provide the most effective, integrated services to each person.