Occupational therapists work with patients of all ages to treat orthopedic injuries, neurological illnesses, and general medical conditions that affect the functional use of the hands and arms. These conditions can interfere with your personal care and work proficiency as well as your recreational and social life.
Conditions treated with occupational therapy include:
- Post surgical limitations
- Tendonitis of the elbow, wrist and hand
- Decreased fine motor skills
- Neurological injuries
- Dependence during activities of daily living
Treatments used to improve comfort and function include:
- Pain management techniques
- Joint protection techniques
- Patient education
- Strengthening and range of motion
- Fine motor exercises
- Therapeutic modalities including heat, cold, ultrasound, e-stim, iontophoresis
- Adaptive equipment and devices
- Home exercise programs
Evaluation and treatment are provided upon referral by a physician.
Clinical Driving Evaluation for Seniors
Since 2007 Sturdy's occupational therapy department has offered a special clinic evaluation to seniors to test their cognitive, perceptual, memory and physical skills related to their driving abilities. This evaluation, which does not include driving or simulated driving, can help identify loss of key abilities that could interfere with safe driving.
This information can help families and doctors with difficult decisions involving driving.
Pediatric OT Program
This pediatric-centered program addresses developmental delays, sensory dysfunction, fine-motor and visual motor difficulties as well as the orthopedic needs of children from birth until early teen years.
Our occupational therapists will assess and treat the needs of your child as they relate to function and Independence in activities of daily living, play skills, home life, recreation, social awareness, and functional community involvement.
The Food School at Sturdy uses the Sequential Oral Sensory (SOS) Approach to eating. Our SOS trained occupational and speech therapists will work with you and your child to help identify what may be causing your child’s challenges with food. The SOS approach aims to increase your child’s comfort levels with food by allowing interaction, learning and exploration of foods in a playful and non-stressful way. Our therapists will work with you to provide you with education and engage you in your child’s therapy.
If your child is struggling with any of the following, the Food School may be able to help:
- Crying or arching back during feeding
- Unable to transition off of a bottle or baby foods
- Choking, coughing, or gagging while eating
- Vomiting regularly
- Food refusal
- Picky eating
- Difficulty gaining weight
- Avoiding foods in a specific food group or texture
A doctor's referral is required. If you have questions, please contact us at 508-236-7380 to identify whether your child may be a good fit for our program.