Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a health and rehabilitation therapy that helps people regain, develop and build skills that are important for independent functioning health and well-being. At Matheny, occupational therapists are part of a collaborative team of educators, instructors, other therapists, physicians, nurses and parents. We help develop adaptive skills and assist in improving performance capacity in individuals whose ability to perform life skills is impaired. Our major role is to provide assessment and treatment in the areas of:

  • Cognitive, motor and psychosocial development.
  • Activities of daily living.
  • Splinting.
  • Assistive technology, including switch access for computers, power wheelchairs and augmentative communication.

Our OTs are not only involved with various research and educational opportunities to further learning, but many of our therapists have advanced training in the area of Neurodevelopmental Treatment (NDT) and Sensor Integration (SIPT). In addition, the occupational therapy department provides consultation to students’ families in order to ensure programmatic carryover, safety and optimal functioning within the individual’s habilitative program.

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