Speech Therapy can help those who either can not communicate clearly or at all to help communicate their needs and wants by helping them get a communication device as well as... - Home Responsibility - Safety Awareness - Self-Care - Community Access - Self-Advocacy - Vocational Skills - Food Prep - Time Management - Money Management - Recreation and Leisure Activities
Occupational Therapy can help by improving a client's ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL). Occupational therapists treats the whole person. Such activities they work on include:
- Dressing/Grooming/Hygiene - Feeding - Completing simple household tasks such as laundry, simple meal prep, clean up, etc. - Safety Awareness - Topographical Orientation - How to get to kitchen or bathroom, etc. - Fine Motor Skills - Correct wheelchair positioning to prevent skin breakdown/contractures - Enabling participation in favorite activities/hobbies - Upper extremity strength and range of motion - Home modification or equipment recommendations
Physical Therapy focuses on improving a client's ability to perform movement of the human body. A physical therapist treats the actual impairment. The therapist's primary goal is to get their patients back in motion with exercises, massages, and other techniques.
- Lower extremity strength and range of motion - Frequent falls -Recent surgery causing weakness/difficulty walking - Difficulty standing from sitting position - Complaints of pain in back or gluteal region - Home modification or equipment recommendations