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:
Maintaining a household
Caring for children and pets
For children and youth, occupations include:
Playing on the playground
Tying shoe laces
Riding a bike
Working an after school job
For senior adults, occupations include:
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 (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.
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
Kayaking at Rocky Point
Paddle Boats at Cultus Lake
Hikes at Tea Pot Hill
Mann Farms Petting Zoo
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
Anxiety and stress management
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:
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 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! 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.