What is occupational therapy?
Occupational therapy supports people’s function throughout their lifespan by focusing on improving independence in all of the activities that occupies a person’s time. This can be as simple as brushing teeth and bathing to driving a car or doing your job. Occupational therapists aim to improve quality of life by bridging any gaps where someone’s disability may limit their function. Occupational therapists work with all ages from birth until the end of life. Occupational therapists work in a variety of settings including hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, schools, adult day programs, hand therapy, home health care, outpatient clinics, adaptive recreation opportunities, mental health care settings…
What is pediatric occupational therapy?
Occupational therapists work with children in a variety of settings including early intervention services (PIC), pre-schools, schools (K-12), outpatient pediatric therapy clinics, mental health care facilities, behavioral health facilities, and hospitals. Occupational therapists support children with fine and visual motor skills (handwriting), self-care and activities of daily living, sensory processing, behavior management, emotional regulation, play skills, social participation, coordination, ocular motor skills…
What is the difference between outpatient therapy and school-based therapy?
School-based therapy specifically supports a child’s role of being a student. Occupational therapists tend to only work with students if their function at school is impaired by a disability. Outpatient therapy services support children in all areas of their life within the home and community environments. Goals can focus on any aspect of a child’s life.
Do you work with kids in the clinic and in the community?
Yes! We try to see many of our clients one day in the community and one day in the clinic per week as appropriate and needed. Some of our clients we only see in the community!
How does community-based occupational therapy work?
After we get to know you are your child and their goals, we can meet in the community to promote increased and integrated skills across environments. Let us know what goals you have for your child and we will work together to find the best places in town to meet for community-based services. We provide payment for all community services for the therapist and the child.
What is your new patient procedure?
You will need to talk to your child's pediatrician to get a referral for outpatient occupational therapy. The pediatrician's office should fax the referral to our office and then we will contact you to get an evaluation scheduled. Once we complete the evaluation, we will fax the evaluation and plan of care to your child's pediatrician for them to sign. Once those are both signed and faxed back to us, we will begin to work with your child on a weekly, twice weekly, or more as appropriate basis.
You are also welcome to contact us about this process!
I don’t have my insurance card with me, can I still receive treatment?
Yes! We just need the numbers/information on your insurance card.