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Occupational Therapy (OT) Services

Do you struggle with a disease, disorder or other limitation that makes it difficult to engage in everyday activities? If so, you may benefit from occupational therapy services.

Occupational therapists at Rush are committed to the following:

  • Providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes
  • Helping people recovering from injuries regain function through retraining and/or adaptations
  • Helping children with disabilities participate fully in school and develop social skills
  • Providing purposeful, goal-oriented activities that facilitate skills in assertiveness, self-awareness and stress management

We see people of all ages with these and other conditions:

After a comprehensive evaluation, we will work with you and your family to determine your personal goals. We then develop a customized plan to help you achieve those goals. Through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations), we strive to improve your ability to perform daily activities and restore your independence.

Specialized occupational therapy services include the following:

  • Breast cancer rehabilitation can help you overcome difficulties performing everyday tasks caused by reduced arm strength. 
  • Cognitive therapy is used to figure out how decreased memory or attention is affecting your ability to do everyday tasks and activities. A plan is then developed to improve or compensate for these deficits.
  • Driver's rehabilitation can keep you driving safely as long as you are able. We also assess the need for adaptions to your car or van (e.g., steering wheel changes, adding hand controls).
  • Hand therapy teaches you exercises to increase your strength and coordination. You may also be given a splint to prevent deformities or stabilize movements.
  • Manual lymphedema therapy involves the use of exercises, compression garments and manual drainage techniques to reduce the swelling in your limbs.
  • Sensory integration therapy helps children or adults become more comfortable with sights, sounds and sensations.
  • Vision therapy, including eye exercises and environmental modifications (e.g., larger knobs and dials on appliances), can help you continue living independently and/or return to work.