An Occupational Therapist works with individuals whose lives have been affected by illness, injury, normal aging, or a developmental disability. The goal of therapy and consultation is to establish, restore, and/or maintain as much independence as possible. Their role is to:

  • Restore, maintain, or improve daily living skills such as bathing, dressing, or eating
  • Improve and individual’s positioning in bed or in a wheelchair to optimize comfort and independence
  • Provide intervention relative to sensory integration and fine motor development
  • Train in therapeutic adaptations, such as assistive equipment, or organizing the environment to improve safety and independence
  • Provide sensorimotor treatment for strengthening, endurance, range of motion, coordination, balance, and mobility
  • Provide therapeutic activities for memory, orientation, and cognition

Children or adults may be referred to an Occupational Therapist when they experience:

  • Limitations or a decline in their ability to carry out self care activities
  • Difficulties in the classroom relative to sensory integration or fine motor skills
  • A decrease in strength, endurance or range of motion
  • Illnesses such as stroke or Parkinson’s disease, or issues related to developmental disability that limits the person’s ability to benefit from adaptive equipment
  • A need for positioning to prevent skin breakdown or to improve comfort or independence