Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapy staff has specialized training in Pediatrics, Sensory Integration, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Lymphedema and Ergonomics.

Occupational therapy uses treatment that focuses on helping people achieve independence in all areas of their lives. Some people may think that occupational therapy is only for adults; children, after all, do not have occupations. But a child's main job is playing and learning, just as an adults job is to dress, drive, cook a meal and work on a jobsite.

What Is Occupational Therapy?

It is defined by the American Occupational Therapy Association as: 
"The therapeutic use of work, self-care, and play activities to increase development and prevent disability. It may include adaptation of task or environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance the quality of life."

Who Might Need Occupational Therapy?

Those with the following conditions, but not limited to, may benefit from occupational therapy.

  • strokes and other neurological concerns

  • sensory processing/integrative disorders

  • traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)

  • learning problems

  • broken bones or other orthopedic injuries

  • developmental delays

  • post-surgical conditions

  • lymphedema, swelling of the arms and legs

  • amputations

  • hand injuries

  • job site evaluations to prevent injury

What does this mean?

  • sleeping, eating, grooming, dressing, and toileting

  • skills needed to perform a task at work or jobsite

  • leisure time such as an activity one chooses to do something they enjoy (i.e., hobby, socializing, reading, writing, playing, etc.)

This means ANY task or use of our time during the day fits into the definition of occupation. Whether its unpaid or paid, playing and learning as a child, or bathing and dressing.

Our Occupational Therapists evaluate and determine which areas are affected and how they can assist that person in performing these activities in a more functional and independent way.

Some disabilities and areas of dysfunction are obvious, but others are not. The obvious is when we help patients regain function after recent onset of illnesses or injuries, after a stroke or developmental delays such as with autism, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome.

The less obvious are the more silent disabilities such as mental health, early development concerns/issues, the inability to occupy one's time in any of the work, rest or play areas, and difficulties associated with sensory processing disorders.

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