What is Occupational Therapy?
According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, Occupational Therapists help people across the lifespan to participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). 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 therapists help patients of all ages regain, develop, or master everyday skills in order to live independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
Typical Occupational Therapy Services
* Individualized Evaluation: Client / Family, Guardian, Caregivers, and Occupational Therapist come up with goals.
* Customized Intervention: Improves ability to perform daily activities and attain goals
* Outcomes Evaluation: Ensures that goals are being met and Updates Intervention Plan.
Our Occupational Therapy Services
Our Network of Occupational Therapists’ will identify and improve difficulties that interfere with a client’s potential to perform functional daily living skills and activities. They address a variety of challenges such as motor development, sensory integration, feeding skills, play skills, and child / caregiver interaction. This process may include a comprehensive evaluation of the client’s environment. For example: Home, School, and Workplace. After the evaluation, the Occupational Therapist makes recommendations for adaptive equipment and training on usage depending on the need(s). Family members, caregivers, and guardians are also offered guidance and education.
Pediatric Occupational Therapy Services
Children’s main choice of activity is playing and learning. Pediatric occupational therapy helps children to develop necessary skills to perform functional tasks needed to live a fulfilling and independent life. As children play they develop their critical thinking skills, problem-solving strategies, visual-perceptual skills, and motor skills. Since these skills are intertwined and develop concurrently, development can be stunted in some areas if there is impairment in another area. Our therapists assist children at risk for developmental disabilities, physical challenges, cognitive challenges, social-emotional challenges, and adaptive behavior challenges. Our Network of Independent Occupational therapists use therapeutic activities, such as playing, to improve a child's muscular strength and tone, and fine motor skills. They also focus on self-care skills; oral motor skills and feeding; positioning; sensory integration techniques; fine motor skills and handwriting; and adaptive equipment. After evaluating a child’s skills, respective Occupational therapists measure the child against age-appropriate developmental standards. The child’s needs are then and a plan of care is developed with developmentally appropriate activities and intervention strategies. These services can help your child meet their life skills potential by enhancing their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment.
Children that might benefit from our Occupational Therapy Services
Children that might benefit from our Occupational Therapy services include and are not limited to children with, in need, or having challenges due to:
* Spina Bifida
* Birth Injuries of Birth Defects
* Learning problems
* Developmental Delays: Bathing, Getting Dressed, Brushing Teeth, and Feeding
* Post – Surgical Conditions
* Broken Bones
* Trauma Injuries: Amputations, Brain and Spine Injuries
* Decreased Self Care Skills
* Evaluation for Specialized Equipment: Wheelchairs, Splints, Bathing Equipment, Dressing Devices, and Communication Aids etc
* Sensory Processing Disorders and Attentions Issues: Improve Focus and Social Skills
* Severe Hand Injuries
* Cerebral Palsy
* Difficulties in Fine Motor Skills: Grasp and Release of Toys
* Difficulties in Hand-Eye Coordination to Improve Kids' Play Skills
* Behavioral Problems: Anger Management Techniques
* Mental Health Problems
* Feeding Issues
Adult Occupational Therapy Services
Our Network of Independent Occupational Therapists can assist adult patients in performing diverse tasks such as dressing, grooming, bathing, cooking, eating, and driving etc. Adults that might benefit from our Occupational Therapy services include and are not limited to patients with or suffering from:
* Fractures: Arm injury re-learn how to use the arm to cook, wash, drive etc
* Stroke Patients
* Dementia: Independence and Care for Self
* Patients transitioning to home and need re-integration skills
* How to become Our Occupational Therapy Patient?
A parent, guardian, or caregiver can ask their doctor for referral if they think that their child of children might benefit from the services offered by our therapists. A day care provider or a school nurse might be able to recommend a parent to a doctor for referral based on your child’s academic, extracurricular, and social performance. Most insurance companies will not pay for occupational therapy treatment services without a doctor’s referral. After referral of a patient to our clinic the following steps follow:
* General Medical History Form: The Patients is asked to fill out medical history form which contains questions about the reason(s) for coming for Occupational Therapy.
* Extensive Evaluation: After the medical form is filled out, our therapists perform an extensive evaluation of the patient to determine the level of dysfunction and the possible causes and necessary treatment. General treatment process is at the discretion of professional therapist and defers from patient to patient.