OT, your way.

Occupational Therapy (OT) is the art and science of enabling individuals to participate in meaningful activities or occupations by using evidence-based practice and clinical reasoning.

What do we mean by "occupation"? More than just work! In fact, most of what people do is considered an "occupation".  

For adults, occupations include:

  • Working

  • Exercising

  • Maintaining a household

  • Caring for children and pets

For children and youth, occupations include:

  • Playing on the playground

  • Tying shoe laces

  • Attending school

  • Riding a bike

  • Working an after school job

For senior adults, occupations include:

  • Travelling

  • Gardening

  • Golfing

  • Caring for grandchildren

We can help everyone … with everything! An OT can be found almost anywhere.

In a hospital or rehab setting, you'll find us: 

  • Examining a client’s thinking and memory

  • Preventing skin wounds by prescribing special cushions or mattresses

  • Prescribing wheelchairs or equipment such as grab bars or bath seats for the bathroom

In the community, we can be found: 

  • Providing home safety assessments for clients with dementia

  • Running groups for clients with mental health issues

  • Providing rehabilitation or exercises at a clinic for clients with a stroke or brain injuries

  • Testing power or manual wheelchairs for clients with spinal cord injuries

  • Providing vocational rehabilitation or workplace modifications for injured workers

  • Teaching social skills to children with autism

  • Teaching children with attention difficulties how to focus at school

  • Prescribing bathroom equipment for patients with hip replacements or cerebral palsy.

Recreation Therapy.

Recreation Therapy (RT) also known as Therapeutic Recreation (TR), values the importance of recreation, leisure and play as an important component of a person’s well-being. RT is a therapeutic process utilizing recreation, leisure, and play based activities as an intervention to address the assessed needs of individuals to improve/maintain their physical, social, psychological, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual functioning, health, recovery and well-being.

What is the purpose of RT?

  • The purpose of RT is to use purposeful and meaningful recreation based interventions that are focused on individual’s strengths and needs, in order to promote the development of a healthy leisure lifestyle.

Recreation Therapists Use Recreation, Leisure and Play to Help Clients to ….

  • Improve/maintain physical, social, psychological, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual abilities and skills

  • Improve quality of life and well-being

  • Foster and enhance self-esteem and confidence

  • Improve coping skills

  • Increase knowledge of leisure benefits, resources, and skills.

  • Increase independence

  • Promote and increase community involvement

Some Examples of Recreation Therapy Sessions at Enable Occupational Therapy are…

  • Snowshoeing at Cypress and Seymour Mountain

  • Mini Golf at Castle Fun Park

  • Bowling at Lucky 9 Lanes

  • Learn to Ride a Bike

  • Ultimate Frisbee and Soccer Camps

  • 1:1 and group sessions in the pool

  • Ice Skating

  • Kayaking at Rocky Point

  • Paddle Boats at Cultus Lake

  • Hikes at Tea Pot Hill

  • Mann Farms Petting Zoo

Parkinson’s Disease

At Enable OT, our therapists have obtained advanced training in rehabilitation techniques related to Parkinson's Disease (PD), which allows them to provide the following supports to adults living with PD:

  • Assessment of physical, social, cognitive, and emotional factors that affect an individual's functioning, including participation in daily activities

  • Provision of equipment to aid with independence in mobility and daily tasks, such as meal management, leisure, productivity, and self-care

  • Tips and tricks for organization

  • Energy conservation and pacing

  • Memory aids

  • Home safety

  • Anxiety and stress management

  • Sleep hygiene

  • Exercises to improve strength, balance, and range of motion (i.e., flexibility)

  • Fine motor exercises to address handwriting and printing challenges

  • Caregiver education and support

Our OTs use evidence-based interventions to improve function and enable participation in meaningful daily activities, such as those mentioned above. More specifically, treatment modalities used by our clinicians include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Dance

Did you know our Clinical Director, Gina Fernandez, was a professional dancer? She is therefore passionate about incorporating music and movement into her therapy sessions. Even more intriguing is the fact that recent research shows dance to be a significantly effective intervention for modifying the disease progression of Parkinson's Disease (Duncan et al., 2012). More specifically, studies have shown improvements in the areas of balance, mobility, and ADL independence among Parkinson's patients who participated in dance-based interventions (Aguiar et al., 2016; Foster et al., 2013, Hackney et al., 2009).

  • Yoga & Mindfulness

Yoga has been shown to be an effective intervention for improving functional mobility, flexibility, strength, balance, and sleep among individuals living with Parkinson's Disease (Roland, 2013). Similarly, participation in mindfulness, often taught as a component of yoga practice, is associated with improved motor and non-motor Parkinson's symptoms, such as mood, coping skills, gait, and muscle rigidity (Nadeeka et al., 2016; Fitzpatrick et al., 2009).

  • Boxing

Boxing has been shown to contribute to short and long-term improvements in the areas of balance, gait, and ADL independence (Combs et al., 2011). At Enable OT, we offer a combination of 1:1 and group boxing classes, which allow our clinicians to develop a treatment program that best meets the needs of each client.

  • PWR! Exercise

PWR! is a Parkinson's specific exercise program that is based on the principle of neuroplasticity (i.e., the brain's ability to change). Research studies have shown that participation in the program is associated with reduced symptoms and improved physical and cognitive functioning. Our Clinical Director, Gina Fernandez, has completed intensive PWR! training, thereby allowing her to most effectively provide exercise-based treatment to individuals living with Parkinson’s Disease.

Enable Occupational Therapy is a family centered practice that utilizes evidence based treatment and assessment.  The team consists of Occupational Therapists, Recreation Therapists, and Rehabilitation Assistants/Kinesiologists. Please note, we do not have Speech Language Pathologists or Physical Therapists at the clinic.

We provide treatment to both adults and children  in homes, the community, and within a clinic setting.

Your recovery, our help.