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Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • 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 practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

Pediatric Occupational Therapist specializes in evaluation and treatment of children and young adults with medical and/or developmental disabilities.

Fine Motor

  • Coordination/Dexterity Skills
  • Visual perceptual/motor skills

Sensory Integration

  • Coordination of proprioceptive, tactile, auditory, vestibular and visual input

Neuromusculoskeletal

  • Joint and soft tissue flexibility
  • Arm strength
  • Positioning
  • Splinting

Endurance

  • Oral Motor/Feeding
  • Coordination, range and strength of the lips, cheeks, tongue, and jaw
  • Taste, temperature, and texture advancements 

Self-Care Skills

  • Grooming
  • Bathing
  • Dessing
  • Self-feeding

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