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Licensed Occupational Therapists work with patients that range in age from pediatrics to geriatrics, who have difficulty completing activities of daily living due to a physical disability, an injury, a learning disability, or developmental disability. Many times purposeful activities are used to improve patients' range of motion, muscle strength, endurance, and cognitive/perception (thinking and visualizing). OT is experienced in the fit and fabrication of customized splints for hand injuries, and the rehabilitation of fine motor and visual motor
Occupational therapy can include:
- Assistance and training in performing daily activities. Depending on your needs, these could be:
- Personal care activities.
- Home skills. Some examples are housekeeping, gardening, and cooking.
- Personal management skills like keeping a schedule.
- Skills important in driving a car or other motor vehicle. Occupational therapy may be involved in the vision, thinking, and judgment skills needed for driving. It also may involve finding out whether special adaptations such as hand brakes are needed
Examples of the many different conditions in which occupational therapy can help are:
- Mental and physical impairments a person has had since birth.
- Sudden serious health conditions such as a stroke, heart attack, brain injury, or amputation.
- Chronic (ongoing) conditions, such as arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
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