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Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a medical discipline, which uses purposeful activity to promote health and independent functioning in daily life roles. The pioneers of the profession believed that patients recuperated faster when they were actively engaged in tasks that incorporated both body and mind, such as in games, exercise, handicrafts and work. 

Today, Occupational Therapists work with people of all ages and stages of development and rehabilitation. Occupational Therapists commonly collaborate on multidisciplinary teams, in hospitals, rehabilitation centers, schools, homes, outpatient clinics, and community healthcare agencies. 

Occupational Therapy assessment and remediation attempts to facilitate a balance between three main areas of occupation: work, play and self-care, while taking into consideration a person’s physical, psychological and social environment.   To maximize a person’s overall functioning, treatment focuses on remediation of goals in gross and fine motor control, sensory integration, visual perceptual skills, motor planning, bilateral coordination, and adaptation to task or environment.

Common diagnosis that benefit from Occupational Therapy include, but are not limited to:  CVA (stroke), heart attack, hip fracture, shoulder/arm/hand injury, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, head injury, spinal injury, whiplash, amputation, attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity, Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, learning disabilities and developmental delays.

Common presenting issues for infants and children revolve around difficulty eating, sleeping, or delays in developmental milestones.  School children who can benefit from OT services will also present with difficulties in the more independent self care roles, such as dressing and the more demanding role of academic work.  Faced with the need for increased skill building, many of the children who appear typical at home, will present with delays in sensory-motor skills, visual perception, attention, coordination, behavioral difficulties and social anxiety; all of which can negatively impact school success and self actualization.

Common presenting issues for adults are most often illness or injury, resulting in the inability to perform life’s roles effectively.  Broken bones from a fall, paralysis from a stroke, or pain resulting from an accident, are a small sample of events that can negatively effect independence in typical daily routines such as bathing, dressing, driving, cooking and working. Such impactful events can be very traumatic for an adult who typically balances several life roles each day.

Occupational Therapy at Easy Does It believes strongly in a collaborative model, where client and therapist work together to create appropriate challenges, select meaningful activities and attain reachable goals.  In this setting, it is not a surprise to see children and adults enjoying their sessions by participating in exercises, creative art projects, games, music and movement.

       Phone: 617.875.6041 | 19 Mystic Street, Arlington Center, Arlington, MA


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