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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 

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Article Around MHS
May 9, 2024

Occupational Therapy Helps Improve Function to Regain Independence

military personnel demos a strength training machine

Simply getting out of bed, sitting behind a desk, or driving an automobile may be a challenge for many. Occupational therapy is one form of treatment that may potentially help. Therapists are trained in improving weakened muscles making these transitions happen safely using adaptive equipment and therapeutic exercises.

Last Updated: July 11, 2023
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