Occupational Therapy

We tailor each individual's therapy plan to his or her unique needs. Our occupational therapists help patients to safely and independently perform activities of daily living, including cooking, bathing and dressing. Using a wide range of interventions, our therapists adapt tasks and modify the environment to enhance each patient’s ability to function in their physical and social environment. They provide sensori-motor treatments for strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination and balance, as well as therapeutic activities for memory, orientation, cognitive integration and daily life skills.

How Is Occupational Therapy Different From Physical Therapy?

We tailor each individual's therapy plan to his or her unique needs. Our occupational therapists help patients to safely and independently perform activities of daily living, including cooking, bathing and dressing. Using a wide range of interventions, our therapists adapt tasks and modify the environment to enhance each patient’s ability to function in their physical and social environment. They provide sensori-motor treatments for strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination and balance, as well as therapeutic activities for memory, orientation, cognitive integration and daily life skills.

How Is Occupational Therapy Different From Physical Therapy

Physical therapy and occupational therapy are often confused because their modalities are similar. The main difference is that OT focuses on everyday tasks that people may need or want to do. For example, an occupational therapist may help someone recovering from an accident learn how to resume their daily routines, such as brushing their teeth, walking upstairs or even getting into a car while pediatric occupational therapists may help children improve motor skills so that they can complete schoolwork or engage in play. By contrast, physical therapy assists with pain relief as well as restoring mobility and range of motion. Often, physical therapy patients are individuals recovering from an injury, people who have been in an accident or patients with a chronic or degenerative condition.

How Does Occupational Therapy Differ For Adults and Children?

While occupational therapy is available for people of all ages, OT treatments for adults are different from children. Why? OT focuses on skills a person needs to perform an occupation or daily task and since those activities vary widely between age groups, so does their care.

For instance, an occupational therapist may help an adult with tasks they need to perform at home, such as cooking, cleaning and self-care. Occupational therapists can also support adults with skills that they need for a job such as typing, handwriting or sitting at a desk for an extended period of time. On the other hand, a child's daily life may involve school and playtime, so a therapist may focus on tying shoes, holding a pencil or playing with toys.

What to expect:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan.
  • Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments (e.g., workplace, school), recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team.


 

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