Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy assists people across the lifespan do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapists work to prevent or minimize injury, illness, and disability.

One area of occupational therapy practice is pediatrics. For children, their ‘occupations’ are playing, learning, socializing, developing self-care skills, communicating, moving, and more. Through the use of play-centered treatment, therapists can help children achieve goals and reach their potential. Pediatric occupational therapy focuses on fine motor (grasp, handwriting, manipulation), gross motor (balance, coordination, sport), cognition (attention, learning), self-care (toileting, dressing, eating), and play (games, social skills).

Another area of occupational therapy practice is rehabilitation related to impairments of the upper extremity (i.e., shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, hand). A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist (or less commonly a physical therapist) who has demonstrated 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy, and passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation.

Occupational therapy is often recommended for the following conditions:

  • adaptive equipment assessment and training
  • arthritis
  • developmental delays
  • cerebral vascular accident (stroke)
  • chronic pain
  • developmental delays
  • injury to the upper limb (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand)
  • sensory integration
  • splint fabrication and customization
  • traumatic brain injury

Please contact us at (360) 370-5226 to learn more about our occupational therapy services, or visit our staff page to learn about our occupational therapists and certified hand therapist.

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