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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Science-driven, evidence-based therapy that enables people of all ages to live life to its fullest, maintain health and prevent, or live better with illness, injury or disability.

Although medication is often used to treat symptoms, occupational therapy intervention can help a person maintain maximum function in daily activities and enable individuals to live meaningful lives.

What methods do Occupational Therapists use to treat persons with a movement disorder?OT-1

  • Stretching and exercise
  • Modalities
  • Compensatory strategies
  • Education
  • Adaptive equipment recommendations
  • Recommendations for home modification
  • Energy conservation techniques
  • Activity analysis
  • Splinting
  • Positioning
  • Motor retraining
  • Facilitate improved dexterity and coordination

What are the goals for Occupational Therapy?

The goals for therapy are your goals.  The occupational therapist will work to enable the individual to reach their maximum potential with:

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Activities of daily living (ADL)

  • Dressing
  • Feeding
  • Grooming
  • Toileting
  • Bathing

Instrumental Activities of Daily Living

  • Handwriting
  • Driving
  • Shopping
  • Housework
  • Taking medications
  • Telephone use

Work or school activities

  • Computer
  • Handwriting
  • Repetitive tasks
  • Heavy tasks
  • Leisure and recreational activities