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What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the "skills for the job of living" necessary for independent and satisfying lives. Services typically include:

  • Customized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities
  • Comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations
  • Performance skills assessments and treatment
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training
  • Guidance to family members and caregivers

Occupational Therapy Practitioners

Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury.

The occupational therapist enters the field with a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. The occupational therapy assistant generally earns an associate degree.

Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of health care settings, and pass a national examination. Most states also regulate occupational therapy practice.


Who Benefits from Occupational Therapy?

A wide variety of people can benefit from occupational therapy, including those with...

  • work-related injuries including lower back problems or repetitive stress injuries
  • limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
  • birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
  • mental health or behavioral problems including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress
  • problems with substance use or eating disorders
  • burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
  • broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accidents
  • vision or cognitive problems that threaten their ability to drive

Occupational Therapy Services at OT Plus support individuals who have deficits such as:

  • Learning disabilities
  • Cerebral vascular accidents (CVA)
  • Paraplegia and quadriplegia
  • Sensory motor dysfunction
  • Tactile defensiveness
  • Motor planning (Praxis)
  • Body awareness
  • Hypo/Hypersensitivity to: sound, movement, sight, touch
  • Motor deficits
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Emotional or behavioral problems
  • Perceptual-motor dysfunction
  • Neuromotor disease
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Postural stability and control
  • Amputee
  • Orthopedic injuries or diagnosis

We specialize in…

  • Treating children with brain injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
  • Treating visual and perceptual problems secondary to learning disabilities, strokes
  • Treating stroke or heart attack victims by facilitating motor return and independence in activities of daily living
  • Treating those who battle debilitating illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, arthritis, and muscular dystrophy
  • Treating work related injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendon injuries
  • Treating people with burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
  • Treating people with broken bones or other injuries from sports, falls, or accidents
  • Fabrication of adaptive devices, splints, and therapeutic equipment

Areas of Focus...

Occupational Therapy Services can help daily to develop the underlying skills necessary for learning and performing functional tasks. Our therapists focus on self-care skills, sensory, motor, postural, and emotional. More specific areas of focus may include:

  • Improving ability to more functionally interact with the environment of others
  • Promoting mobility and motor skills
  • Instructing caregivers about physical handling of client, and adaptations or modifications to the environment
  • Promoting independence in daily living skills
  • Consulting in equipment needs, adoptions and home programming
  • Splinting
  • Assessing environment barriers
  • Hand therapy
  • Sensory
  • Developmental disabilities

 

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