Occupational Therapy in Minnesota
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Could You Benefit From Occupational Therapy?
At Newbridge Health & Wellness, we understand that people of all ages need help from time to time. And sometimes you may need assistance learning or relearning essential life skills. Occupational therapy can help you or your loved ones to achieve these goals and continue on a path toward greater health & wellness.
What Does an Occupational Therapist Do?
Occupational Therapists (OTs) help people of all ages learn or relearn daily living skills such as eating, dressing, playing, working, and engaging in recreational activities. And an OT’s medical training includes a foundation for understanding a variety of conditions and challenges that can interfere with your ability to live a full life such as illnesses, injuries, or disabilities.
Additionally, if you have a child with disabilities or one who has suffered a debilitating injury, occupational therapy is often used in this capacity. This form of therapy allows your child to participate fully in both school and social situations.
Skills an OT will help you or your child with may include:
- Motor Skills: writing, using a fork and knife, playing on a playground, and more
- Self-Care: feeding, dressing, bathing, and more
- Feeding: tolerating food textures and types
- Self-Regulation: the ability to get to and stay at an optimal alertness level
- Social Integration: working on social behavior
What Conditions do Occupational Therapists Work With?
- Autism Spectrum Disorder
- Feeding difficulties
- Sensory Impairment
- Cerebral Palsy
- Neurodevelopmental Disorders
- Post-Stroke recovery
- Post-Heart Attack recovery
- Mental Health conditions
- Down’s Syndrome and other genetically related conditions
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Work-related injuries
- Head injuries
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Any condition that impairs quality of life or independence
What Can I Expect at an Occupational Therapy Appointment?
In an initial appointment at Newbridge, your OT will assess your or your child’s current condition and what priorities to be addressed. This may involve assessing skill levels, abilities, and environment.
Your OT will also discuss your health goals, and go over any medical records, documents, or research related to your or your child’s condition in order to strategically develop the steps needed for the best treatment. Specific treatment techniques are then planned accordingly in order to address any present challenges.