Occupational Therapy

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy is a skilled rehabilitative profession that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. Differing from physical therapy, occupational therapy helps people with activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing and toileting, but also includes many other skills necessary for all of life's roles, including work, play, school and caring for themself and others. Occupational therapists have the knowledge to understand progressive conditions and life changes that can affect activities of daily living performance and other aspects of daily life.

Occupational Therapy Services Typically Include:

  • Customized, individualized treatment programs to improve one's ability to perform daily activities
  • Comprehensive home evaluations with adaptation and equipment recommendations
  • Performance skills assessments and treatments
  • Adaptive equipment and durable medical equipment recommendations and usage training
  • Guidance to patients, their family members and their caregivers


About Occupational Therapy Practitioners

  • Occupational therapy practitioners are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development with specific emphasis on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury. The occupational therapist enters the field with a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree. The occupational therapy assistant generally earns an associate degree. Practitioners must complete supervised clinical internships in a variety of health care settings, and pass a national examination. Most states (including New York) also regulate and provide licensure for occupational therapy practice.

    Who Benefits From Occupational Therapy?

    A wide variety of people can benefit from OT, including those with:
    • work-related injuries including lower back problems or repetitive motion/stress injuries
    • limitations following a stroke, heart attack, or traumatic brain injury (TBI)
    • arthritis, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease or other serious chronic conditions
    • birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities (including ADHD, cerebral palsy)
    • mental health or behavioral problems including Alzheimer's, schizophrenia, and post-traumatic stress
    • problems with substance use/abuse or eating disorders
    • burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations
    • broken bones or orthopedic injuries & other injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accidents
    • vision or cognitive problems that threaten their ability to drive

Specialty Programs

We are pleased to offer a wide array of specialty programs for people faced with specific medical challenges. To learn more about any of the following programs, including the locations where services are offered, please call us at 1-866-728-0103.

Aquatic Therapy
Bladder Control Program
Ergonomic Consultations
Hand Rehabilitation
Lymphedema Therapy
McKenzie Method
Neurological Rehabilitation
Neuropsychological Services
Occupational Therapy for Chronic Conditions
Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Pediatric Rehabilitation
Swallowing Evaluations and Therapy
Voice Diagnosis and Rehabilitation
Work Hardening


Aquatic Therapy

Our HydroWorx® aquatic therapy pools provide an exercise environment that unloads weight from joints and the spinal column, making it easier to exercise.

Bladder Control Program

Many women have experienced success in treating stress incontinence through this assessment and treatment program aimed at strengthening pelvic floor muscle function.

Ergonomic Consultations

Our work site evaluations provide recommendations to assist individuals in decreasing discomfort associated with repetitive job tasks and help to prevent injury.

Hand Rehabilitation

Our therapists work with patients to restore and maximize hand function, and prevent avoidable hand injury.

Lymphedema Therapy

This program helps to reduce arm and leg swelling in people experiencing lymph node impairments as a result of radiation therapy, surgery, or trauma. To learn more about lymphedema, please click here.

McKenzie Method for Back and Neck Pain

This internationally acclaimed method helps you to alleviate chronic back and neck pain and prevent recurrences.

Neurological Rehabilitation

This program provides coordinated physical, occupational and speech therapy to assist patients recovering from strokes, traumatic brain injury and other neurological disorders gain functional independence.

Neuropsychological Services

As part of the multidisciplinary rehabilitation team, the neuropsychologist is available to evaluate cognitive functions such as memory and attention and behavioral symptoms related to brain injury to assist with treatment planning, patient and family education and community reintegration. Direct referrals from the doctor for patients with neurological conditions that require testing to assist with diagnosis and treatment are also accepted.

Occupational Therapy for Chronic Conditions

For patients with arthritis, multiple sclerosis and other chronic conditions, our occupational therapists provide training in energy conservation and the use of assistive devices/techniques to help improve functioning in daily living tasks.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Our therapists treat a variety of orthopedic problems, including sports injuries, with a special emphasis on back and neck problems.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Through affiliations with Warren, Washington, and Saratoga counties and local school districts, our therapists provide children experiencing developmental delays with comprehensive developmental assessments and necessary physical, occupational and speech therapies in the home or clinic setting.

Swallowing Evaluations and Therapy

Our speech pathologists perform adult and pediatric clinical and video fluoroscopic assessments to diagnose and develop treatment plans for people experiencing swallowing problems.

Voice Diagnosis and Rehabilitation

Our speech pathologists evaluate and treat voice disorders, such as chronic hoarseness or voice loss, with an emphasis on vocal health.

Work Hardening

The emphasis of this program is to return the injured worker to the workplace and prevent further job-related injuries. The program emphasizes job task stimulation to develop functional work abilities in a safe manner.