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Occupational therapy helps adults and children reach their highest possible level of function and independence in daily life through therapeutic exercise, activity, self-care tasks, education and assistive devices, and adaptive equipment / techniques.
We treat adults with a wide variety of diagnoses including; stroke (CVA), Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic injuries and various hand conditions.
Our occupational therapists work to improve function of the arms and hands by increasing range of motion, strength, and coordination to help people with daily living activities, including self care, home management, functional mobility, work skills, leisure activities and sports. When needed, our therapists also address cognitive and visual/perceptual deficits associated with some conditions. We can also provide custom splints for various orthopedic and neurological conditions.
We also provide comprehensive clinical driving evaluations, including assessment of the following areas:
- Vision: acuity, visual motor skills, peripheral vision, sign recognition, color recognition/perception, visual processing speed, phoria and fusion
- Perception: figure ground, visual closure, form constancy, spatial relations and depth perception
- Cognition: memory, attention and problem solving
- Reaction time
Following the driving evaluation we provide necessary treatment and make appropriate recommendations to facilitate return to safe driving.
Our occupational therapists are trained in some of the newest technologies for the treatment of a wide variety of diagnoses:
PrimusRS: "With an extensive array of resistance modes, speeds, setups and attachments, PrimusRS provides almost unlimited options for treatment plans that relate to patients' real world needs. Whether it's attaching real balls and bats for sports injuries, or modifying an attachment to replicate an impact wrench, therapists are limited only by their creativity in helping patients get back to their normal activities." Read more about PrimusRS
NESS H200 Hand Rehabilitation System: "a non-invasive, advanced neuroprosthesis for treatment of upper-limb paralysis from hemiplegic stroke, traumatic brain injury or C5-C6 spinal cord injury. The system contains a custom-fit orthosis that uses Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) to sequentially activate muscle groups in the forearm and produce functional movement patterns in the hand." Read more about the NESS H200.
SaeboReach: a dynamic custom fabricated elbow orthosis featuring an elbow extension system, which is combined with the SaeboFlex, "a dynamic custom fabricated wrist, hand, finger, orthosis and features a spring-loaded finger extension system. These springs provide resistance to the muscles that are used to grasp and assist in opening the hand & fingers for releasing." Visit saebo.com.
A doctor’s prescription is required to receive OT/PT/SLP (occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology) services. If you have any questions or to schedule an appointment please call 443-718-3000.
To learn more about occupational therapy, please refer to The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. website consumer area at aota.org.