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Occupational Therapy
Helping Children and Adults

Physician referral to Occupational Therapy facilitates evaluation and treatment of individuals from infancy through geriatrics. Therapy is offered in a variety of settings. These include: inpatient acute care, Skilled Nursing Unit, Home Health, school systems, outpatient, and on site at industries. Services are provided by registered and state licensed occupational therapists and certified assistants.

Adult Services Include:
  • Restoring Activities of Daily Living
  • Upper Extremity Treatment
  • Hand Therapy
  • Tendon Injury Management
  • Developmental Delay Therapy
  • Visual for more information
  • Work Reconditioning
  • Ergonomic Consultation
  • Post Offer - Pre-Placement Screening
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Treatment of Cumulative Trauma Disorders
  • Splinting
  • Shoulder Rehabilitation
  • Motor Control Therapy
  • Family Training
  • Outpatient Pediatric Therapy
  • Job Task Analysis
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Areas a Pediatric Occupational Therapist treats
  • Orientate clothing, shoes & socks
  • Right & left discrimination while dressing
  • Back & front discrimination while dressing
  • Strategies, techniques & ideas for cues when dressing (visual, physical or verbal)
  • Feeding: grasp, bilateral co-ordination (knife & fork), strength, control
  • Bathing: includes back care techniques for parents. Sequencing body parts to wash (rhyme)
  • Hygiene: toileting, grooming (hair & teeth brushing), nail care

What to look out for in your child
  • Dressing: clothes or shoes on backwards
  • Dressing: shoes on wrong feet
  • Food is pushed off plate
  • Messy eaters

Areas a Pediatric Occupational Therapist treats
  • Finger, hand strength, position & stability
  • Pencil grip & control
  • Wrist &/or forearm control
  • Copying shapes
  • Fluency / finger movements
  • Spatial organization (space & letter formation
  • )
  • Quality of work
  • Visual perception skills
  • Speed & dexterity
  • Tweezers, scissors, finger isolated movements

What to look out for in your child
  • No interest in fine motor skills
  • Gross pencil grasp
  • Poor scissor skills
  • Clumsy grasp & release skills
  • Difficulty holding small objects, manipulating tools, pencils or scissors
  • Unable to complete mazes, dot-to-dots, etc
  • Difficulty copying text from whiteboard or blackboard

Areas a Pediatric Occupational Therapist treats
  • Ball skills - throwing & catching, hitting ball
  • Balance: Hopping, balancing on one leg, walking on a balance beam, walking heel-toe
  • Clumsiness
  • Awkward running or jumping
  • Co-ordination of body sides: difficulty skipping, doing star jumps
  • Difficulty with dancing, Simon Says

What to look out for in your child
  • Flinching or other responses when catching a ball
  • Fear response to gross motor activities
  • Level of avoidance or motivation to gross motor activities
  • Unable to hop, skip, jump, run, etc
  • Difficulty co-ordinating body sides

For further information about Occupational Therapy Services at Memorial Hospital, call 570-268-2209.