Occupational therapy (OT) is the use of a variety of treatments to improve, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental, or developmental condition. Occupational therapy is heavily focused on achieving goals that the client has identified as important to them. Interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in an effort to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, especially those that are meaningful to the client.
Our occupational therapists work with a wide spectrum of people, from infants to elderly adults to address the needs of rehabilitation, disability, and participation. We provide treatment for physical, cognitive, psychosocial, and environmental needs involved in adult populations across a variety of settings. OT may specifically address dysfunction and pain in the shoulder, elbow, hand and wrist. We also focus on promoting functional skills for children with developmental disabilities, providing individualized treatment for sensory processing difficulties.
We work with older adults to maintain independence, participate in meaningful activities, and live fulfilling lives. Some areas that may be addressed with older adults are driving, continuing to live at home, low vision, and dementia or Alzheimer’s Disease. We can also evaluate older adults’ functioning in their homes and recommend specific home modifications.
Occupational therapy is about helping people do the day-to-day tasks that “occupy” their time, sustain themselves, and enable them to contribute to the wider community.