Occupational Therapists specialize in helping clients accomplish day-to-day activities such as bathing, eating, and dressing so you can participate in the things you want and need to do and maintain your quality of life and achieve independence. They utilize their expertise in fine motor skills, cognition, posture, reading and writing skills, sensory processing skills, and other motor and integration skills that enable clients to learn. This may be include:
- Retraining, modifying or providing compensatory strategies or equipment suggestions for basic tasks that are becoming or have become difficult such as eating, cooking, grooming, dressing, and homemaking skills; or higher level tasks like writing a check or balancing a bank account.
- Training care providers in safe and proper ways to assist clients when needed.
- Teaching care providers how to communicate and manage those with developmental, progressive and/or cognitive impairments, and what to expect.
- Providing support to help alleviate the stress and emotional trauma of adjusting to these lifestyle changes or progressive disease.
Both Occupational Therapists and Speech Therapists can also perform special tests to identify and teach care providers how to communicate and manage those with developmental, progressive and/or cognitive impairments.