Occupational Therapy is a recognized health care profession that is dedicated to helping people of all ages live as independently as possible. Occupational Therapists help children and adults learn functional skills that can be used in their daily lives. For adults, this may mean increased independence in the home, community and/or work environment; for children, this may mean improved play skills, increased independence with self-care skills and/or improved socialization.
Occupational Therapists work with people who have physical, cognitive, behavioral and other challenges with life skills. The Occupational Therapist may recommend various types of adapted equipment to improve an individual’s quality of life and promote independence. All of our Occupational Therapists are licensed and registered in New York State and have received Occupational Therapy degrees from accredited colleges. Occupational Therapists provide evaluation and treatment services.
Occupational Therapy may include upper extremity strengthening, training to improve self-help skills (eating, dressing, grooming), visual-motor activities, eye-hand coordination activities, sensory integration strategies, training with adapted eating utensils, recommendation and implementation of upper extremity splints, trial use and recommendation of Assistive Technology (from pencil adaptations to switches for computer access and communication devices) and/or Adapted Equipment and parent/care giver training.
In addition, Occupational Therapists provide training and education for individuals or family members and/or care givers. Daily home activities to promote each individual’s skills are encouraged.
Occupational Therapists work collaboratively with Educators, Physical Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Nurses, Physicians and other health care professionals to provide the most effective, integrated services to each person.