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Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy? 

Occupation Therapy (OT) provides functional life skill development using real-world activities. We utilize activity analysis to adapt or remediate habits, roles and, routines across occupational roles. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Activities of Daily Living: dressing, grooming, hygiene, sex and intimacy
  • Instrumental Activities of Daily Living: parenting, driving, community management, safety and emergency management, shopping, home management, financial management
  • Sleep: night and day routines, integrating mind-body activities into daily life 
  • Work: retirement, return to duty, adjustment to new roles, volunteering 
  • Education: formal or military training, cognitive strategies 
  • Health Management: medication, symptom/condition management, communication with health care system, nutrition, personal care and device management
  • Play and Leisure: as a stress management strategy, improve quality of life
  • Social Participation: group participation, developing/maintaining social support network 

Occupational Therapy Services

Services for occupational therapy differ depending on the program. Below are services based on program. 

Intensive Outpatient Program

  • In coordination with Speech Language Pathology, OT offers a five course cognitive series focusing on memory, attention, executive functioning, comprehension, and habits. This course is educational with experiential components focusing on adapting and remediating cognitive deficits
  • We also offer supplemental courses focusing on assistive technology and vision/reading

TBI Outpatient Program

  • Neurological Occupational Therapy  
  • Behavioral Health Occupational Therapy 
  • Vision Therapy 
  • Adaptive Sports 
  • Assistive Technology 
  • Recreational Therapy 
  • Thinking Out Loud – six-week cognitive series taught in coordination with SLP 
  • READ – four week reading and comprehension series taught in coordination with SLP 
Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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