What is Occupational Therapy?

What is Occupational Therapy?

  • skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives;
  • assists people in developing the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives such as dressing, grooming;
  • positioning (wheelchair and floor)
  • fine motor development such as small object manipulation, handwriting, grasping, cutting with scissors, etc.;
  • sensory such as response to sensory stimuli, body in space orientation, learning behavior, ability to interact with others, motor planning;
  • exercises with fingers, hands, shoulders.

Services typically include

  • customized treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily activities;
  • comprehensive home and job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations;
  • adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training;
  • guidance to family and caregivers.

Health conditions that benefit from OT include

  • work-related injuries
  • limitations following stroke
  • arthritis, MS or other chronic conditions
  • birth injuries or learning problems
  • mental health or behavioral problems
  • burns, spinal cord injuries, amputations, broken bones, hand injuries