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MAXIMIZING QUALITY OF LIFE
Learning foundational life skills
Occupational Therapy is essential in helping individuals reach a maximum level of independence with not only basic self-care tasks but also ANY occupation in which one might find value. We teach skills for the job of LIVING! From increasing people’s independence with self-care tasks to identifying sensory preferences for decreasing anxiety and challenging behaviors, to just improving someone’s confidence for social interaction – Occupational Therapy is so important for people with IDD.
MAKING MEANINGFUL CHANGES
Not Your Typical OT
In a typical outpatient or home health occupational therapy program, the emphasis is on returning a person to a prior level of function after an acute injury or surgery (such as a hip replacement or stroke). This is known as rehabilitation. With an individual with IDD, it’s often the case that there was never acquisition of foundational skills which would allow for independence at the beginning of that person’s life or throughout their development. Even if an individual had OT in school, often the services they received were limited to those that directly impacted school performance. When an occupational therapist works with a patient with IDD, the goal is not so much to return the patient to a previous state of function; rather it is to improve the patient’s function and to bring them to a heightened level of functionality that they have never before experienced. This is known as habilitation, and it can often be a much more challenging undertaking.
Collaborating with clinicians of all disciplines
The occupational therapy team works closely with multiple disciplines, including physical therapy, behavioral health, nutrition, speech and language pathology, dentistry, and others. Many of our patients are referred to us by another clinician within our clinic. We are attentive to our patients’ needs, and we seek to make the additional connections necessary for them to receive the care and support they deserve. These connections, made possible by all disciplines working together, allow us to provide the highest quality of care for our patients.
Please Note: Services may vary for each Kramer Davis clinic location.